Another train-club member had tipped him off to an article in the local newspaper.

“He said, ‘There’s an article in the Star tonight about a ring. Is this yours? said Ron Vickers.

When Ron returned home that evening, he grabbed the June 9 edition of the Dundas Star News from a pile in the building.

“I took one, opened it and here it is,” he said, pointing to an imaginary diary. “It’s my ring.”

Ron, a retired draftsman who did the electrical drawings for the CN Tower’s elevators, laughs from his place on the flowery couch. He’s caught between his wife, Beth, and the grocery store clerk who’s responsible for returning the ring to its owner.

The wedding ring, engraved “B. to R. with love” followed by an anniversary date – May 25, 1957 – was found outside the Dundas Valley subway on the same date in 2022.

The ring found by Dundas Valley Metro employees. The ring was found in the parking lot of the grocery store engraved with an anniversary, on May 25, 1957, on the same date in 2022.Cathie Loose

“When I saw it I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s their anniversary,'” said longtime Dundas Valley Metro employee Marilyn Meagher, perched next to the couple on the sofa. “The inscription… touched my heart.”

She posted the lost item on social media, where it has been shared nearly a thousand times.

“You have no idea how much of a community this little story brought together,” Meagher said. “At least 25 people a day come into the store and say, ‘Have you found the owner?'”

Marilyn Meagher, a Dundas Valley subway employee, holds a ring found by employees.
Marilyn Meagher, a Dundas Valley subway employee, holds a ring found by employees.The Hamilton Spectator

Ron said he lost the 65-year-old group after a trip to Metro, less than a few hundred yards from their building on Governors Road, on May 25. He and a friend shopped and loaded their groceries into the trunk of the car.

“I guess doing that my ring fell off,” said Ron, who is 92.

When he noticed it later that evening, he and Beth, 88, searched up and down, going through their apartment and the common areas of the building.

“We had come to terms with the fact that he was missing,” Beth said.

The couple celebrated their wedding at a restaurant in Stoney Creek more than six decades ago. That same year, they bought a house in Dundas and have been living “in town” ever since.

The day after Ron saw his ring in the newspaper, he asked a friend to drive him to Metro to pick it up.

“This is where the story gets interesting,” he said with a smile.

The group was not there. Because of its potential value, store employees had been instructed to turn it over to the police.

Ron was sent to the station on Rymal Road, but they didn’t have him either. So they got back in the car and drove downtown to Central Station, where an officer took out the ring.

“I looked at it and said ‘That’s it, that’s it,'” Ron said. “Everything clicked into place.”

The ring is currently at the jeweler being resized.

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