Additional than 60 decades following Mal Osborn acquired a varsity letter jacket from the University of Maine as a track runner, he continue to wore it. That is, till the 92-year-outdated lost it in Oct.
Osborn, who has lived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, due to the fact 1964, informed his daughter Beverly Amick that he could not obtain the treasured jacket, the Bangor Everyday Information noted on Monday. Amick and other kinfolk retraced Osborn’s normal routes on the assumption that he’d placed the jacket on his car or truck and it had fallen off although he was driving.
When they unsuccessful to discover it, Amick posted a picture of Osborn on Fb sporting the jacket at a Master’s swimming competitiveness in 2016 and questioned for support obtaining it.
“This male would be ecstatic if this very well beloved (sic) jacket was located,” she wrote in the submit that was shared far more than 1,000 times.
Osborn ran long-distance monitor and cross-place occasions from 1949-52 at the College of Maine, the Bangor Each day Information noted. He explained to the newspaper the letter jacket had become a part of him after so lots of many years.
“I just know how significantly it meant to him,” Amick explained to The Associated Press. “I was going to do anything in my electric power to uncover it.”
Amick reported she got an email from a lady who lived around her father and had discovered the coat in her lawn, coated with leaves.
Osborn has been sporting the jacket because Amick experienced it dry-cleaned and returned it to him, she stated.
“As hard as this yr has been, this has supplied us some hope,” she stated.
It was specially poignant presented the hard 12 months anyone has skilled.
“I enjoy all the kindness and compassion that was demonstrated during the very last 24 hrs. This experience is surely a good celebration to finish out 2020,” she wrote on Fb soon after the jacket had been found.