Mother search­ing for lost ring

Ring had sen­ti­men­tal value

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

Mary Ellen Giles of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay is reach­ing out to the com­mu­nity in her search for a ring she re­cently lost that be­longed to her son, Aaron.

Aaron died by sui­cide Oct. 12, 2015. He’d yet to cel­e­brate his 23rd birth­day.

Giles be­lieves she lost the ring on July 13 — likely at Gosling Lake when she took her young grand­son Ri­ley (Aaron’s son) to the lake. The two were frol­ick­ing in the wa­ter just a cou­ple of feet from shore, she said, and just right of the gazebo.

“A cou­ple of hours af­ter we got back from the park, I no­ticed the ring was miss­ing. I fig­ure it must have fallen off in the wa­ter,” she said.

Any­one who finds the ring will know it be­longed to Aaron, Giles said.

His name is en­graved on the in­side. His nick­name (Blaku) runs along the side. As well, she said, Mealy Moun­tain Col­le­giate (the high school where Aaron grad­u­ated) is also en­graved on the ring.

When she re­al­ized the ring was miss­ing, Giles posted about the loss on so­cial me­dia. She asked any­one with a metal de­tec­tor if they would check the area where she be­lieves the ring fell from her fin­ger.

Aaron had many friends, she said, and it wasn’t long be­fore some of them re­sponded say­ing they did in­deed have a de­vice to find met­als and would go in search of the ring.

As of July 31, how­ever, the ring had not been found.

Ri­ley, who is now four, was less than two years old when his fa­ther passed away. Giles has pho­tos of her­self and Ri­ley taken when the boy was two years old. Ri­ley is wear­ing his dad’s ring around his thumb.

The pic­tures speak vol­umes about the deep love be­tween this grand­mother and her grand­son. You can al­most hear the laugh­ter the two are shar­ing.

Ri­ley is a well-ad­justed lit­tle boy, Giles said, who is loved by many peo­ple.

While too young to re­mem­ber his fa­ther, Giles said Ri­ley has come to know his Dad through the mem­o­ries of those who loved him.

“There are times when (Ri­ley) ques­tions where his dad is. He’ll ask if he jumps high enough on his tram­po­line will he see his Dad,” she said.

While the ring is a trea­sured pos­ses­sion and she would love to get it back, Giles puts the loss into per­spec­tive.

“I’ve lost greater things,” she said.

Any­one who finds the ring can con­tact Giles on Face­book (Mary Ellen Skin­ner Giles).


Mary Ellen Giles and her grand­son Ri­ley. Ri­ley (who is now four) was two years old at the time the pho­tos were taken. He is wear­ing his fa­ther’s ring on his thumb.

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