North Kentville woman locates her father, hopes to meet in person soon

John Decoste jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca
Published on June 25, 2014

After searching for him for many years, Tammy Robinson of North Kentville has now located her biological father, Clarence Rose, and hopes someday soon to be able to meet him in person. - John DeCoste, www.kingscountynews.ca

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After many years of searching, Tammy Robinson has located her father, and hopes they will soon be able to meet in person.

Four years ago, the North Kentville woman was featured in a front-page story in the Kings County Register on her quest to find her father, Clarence Rose.

“I’ve known about my father for as long as I can remember,” Robinson said. While her mother and father weren’t married when she was born, her mother never kept it a secret.

In December 2010, about three months after the previous story ran, her mother passed away.

Since the previous interview, Robinson posted her story on several sites, including a couple of Newfoundland genealogy sites, because she knew that her father, who was in the military at the time, was from Newfoundland.

Earlier this year, she received a Facebook message from a woman named Ruth, “who said she thought she knew my father, and had met him, through friends, on several occasions over the past 30 years.”

At first, Robinson was skeptical.

“I’ve had a lot of people contact me over the years with stories,” she said, “but they had all turned out to be the wrong person.”

Something in this woman’s story, though, seemed to ring true. Ruth’s description, Robinson said, fit what she had been told over the years.

Ruth printed off the original newspaper story and, on Robinson’s behalf, contacted the man.

“She said when she showed him my picture, he told her my mother’s name. I can’t explain how I felt – excited, laughing, crying, all at the same time,” Robinson said.

Since then, she and her father have had a bit of contact.

“Ruth said he needed a few days for it to sink in I told her I understood he had to do it on his own time.”

Her father is in his 70s now. “He’s not on the computer much, and he doesn’t have a long distance plan on his phone.” Eventually, Robinson got a short message from him, asking how she was doing.

“He said he had been wondering about my mother, how she was and where, and what had happened to her.  I felt like a door had finally opened,” Robinson said.

Since then, she has received a few more emails, including his side of the story, which she hadn’t heard before.

Robinson has not yet met her father face-to-face. As a single mom, she doesn’t have a lot of money to travel, and her father doesn’t either.

“He’s said he would like to meet me, and I can’t wait for the day when I can finally meet him.”