Pair reunite decades on
The power of social media has reunited a South Waikato father with his son more than 34 years after last seeing each other.
Around one week before Christmas last year, Tokoroa’s Alan Venamore received a message through the social networking site, Facebook, from the wife of his estranged son.
‘‘They contacted me one week before Christmas – what a Christmas present,’’ he said.
Alan’s son, Steven Douglas Venamore, 38, lives with his wife and child in Hastings, England.
‘‘It was his wife who found me through Facebook. I didn’t even know that I had a Facebook page because a friend made me one in August last year, then I get a message,’’ Alan said.
He added that the young family planned to relocate to New Zealand this year.
‘‘My feet have not touched the ground. It is the best Christmas present I have ever had. It’s the most miraculous present after all of this time,’’ he said.
The pair physically resemble one another.
‘‘He looks a lot different to how I remember. Now he has a shaved head, pierced ears and tattoos. But he actually looks like me.
‘‘We have the same coloured eyes, the same smile and sense of humour.’’ Alan last saw his son when he separated from the man’s mother in Sussex, England. Since the rediscovery, they have spoken to each other via Skype three times a day, but Alan admitted to having some nerves about the reunion.
‘‘To a degree. But not so much because we are speaking together all the time.
‘‘I have always thought about him, probably four or fives times a week. I have always loved him.
‘‘We have a heck of a lot to catch up on.’’
REUNITED: Alan Venamore speaks with his son Steven via Skype, with whom he was recently reunited after 34 years.