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Riley wearing the ring that his grandmother Mary Ellen Giles is searching for.
Riley wearing the ring that his grandmother Mary Ellen Giles is searching for. - Contributed

Ring had sentimental value

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — 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.

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.
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.

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).

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