Lost love found for Tok’ man

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - CHRISTINA PERSICO

Just hours af­ter tak­ing his search for his long lost love pub­lic, John Wa­ters was speak­ing to the woman who stole his heart 40 years ago.

He had not spo­ken to her for twenty years and in des­per­a­tion made his search for his pub­lic last week.

‘‘I knew it was her as soon as she spoke my name,’’ the Toko­roa man said on Tues­day. ‘‘My heart just fell out of my chest.’’

The woman on the other end of the phone was Julie, the girl he had loved and lost in the 1970s and de­spite catch­ing up with her a num­ber of times since then, one of the pair was al­ways mar­ried so their love could not be rekin­dled.

But not this time. Af­ter an hour talk­ing on the phone with Julie, who now lives about two hours drive away in Hast­ings, Wa­ters con­firmed she was sin­gle.

They had caught up a few times over the years but one of them was al­ways mar­ried to some­one else.

‘‘I don’t quite re­ally know what’s go­ing to hap­pen but she sounds re­ally good. From the amount of time we spent on the phone it sounds quite pos­i­tive,’’ Wa­ters said. ‘‘She was a lit­tle bit shocked to start off with. ‘‘When she’s ready we plan on meet­ing but I’m not go­ing to sug­gest when or where. ‘‘I’m not go­ing to rush her.’’ Wa­ters said a woman in Aus­tralia, a close school friend of Julie’s, saw Mon­day’s story of his search for Julie and sent her a link.

John had also passed on his de­tails to a lo­cal woman who knew Julie and a cou­ple of hours later he got the phone call. He said he was elated to hear from her. He said she had gone to Strat­ford in Taranaki as he thought, but had then moved on.

The two talked on the phone for an hour and have ten­ta­tive plans to meet in per­son soon.

He is hope­ful it won’t be too far away, as she is only two hours away from his home in Toko­roa.

He is grate­ful to every­one who helped him find her.

‘‘I’m re­ally elated.’’

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