A man originally from Manitoba has been united with his half-brother for the first time after being separated for decades.
Craig Reid got on his motorcycle Wednesday morning and made the two-hour trip from his home in Olds, Alta., to visit his half-brother Darrell Struth in Edmonton. The two chatted for more than an hour, he said, ending a lengthy search for him.
"Since I was 16 years old here (I’ve been looking for a sibling and) my dream actually came true," Reid said. "I feel like I want to cry right now because I found blood, and it seems like he accepted me."
The two were both put in foster care as children and grew up with separate families, never crossing paths. Struth was adopted by his foster parents in the 1960s and lived in western Manitoba. Reid moved to Olds, Alta., where he has lived since the late 1980s.
He found out about his half-brother in May from Child & Family Services of Central Manitoba when they opened up their closed adoption papers. In December, with the help of workers at the site Search Angels, which provides assistance to people searching for their families, he found him.
"I was nervous, don’t get me wrong, a little apprehensive," Reid said of the meeting, which was a surprise visit for Darrell. "I wasn’t sure how it was going to go."
Although he didn’t look like Daryl of the TV show "The Walking Dead" like he’d pictured, it ended up going better than he expected it would, Reid said laughing. He arrived at his half-brother’s workplace just after lunch.
It turned out they had a lot in common.
"We talked everything from A to Z," he said.
"He likes cats, I like cats. He’s Type 1 diabetes, I’m Type 2. He has ridden motorcycles ... I’ll put it this way, it went a lot better than I even anticipated it was going to go."
Reid took a couple of photos to Struth to keep, including one taken back in 1991 with his first motorcycle, and another of him fishing in Cold Lake.
The two are three years apart: Struth is 58 and Reid is 55.
It was a surprise to meet his brother, Darrell said on the phone in an interview with the Sun on Thursday.
"I’m still processing it all," he said. "(We talked) a little bit about what I know of our mother and thats about it, and what he’s gone through and what I’ve gone through."
For Reid, it was a successful end to a long journey.
"I’m elated. Last night I actually slept good for a change," he said. "A friendship, I think, has started."
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