Three Newfoundland males who happen to share a appreciate of mechanics came upon out they’re all related thru a DNA testing web station. What’s extra, some of them already knew each varied.
It’s a hot summer afternoon, and Ron Thomas is ready to race his blue and yellow Honda Civic around the track at Bid Valley Speedway in Bishop’s Falls, Nfld.
It’s something he’s been doing alone for over a decade. Nonetheless this year, his son and grandson are each here too, sharing his passion for fast engines and screeching tires.
The reason it took them so long to race together is one straight out of the movies.
All three males share a appreciate of mechanics. Scrapyard proprietor Thomas, 66, says he’s always taking things apart and placing them back together. His son, Jason Gedge, 44, says he was the same. And Gedge’s son, Jason Jr., who’s 21, says he grew up around the things his dad cherished: car parts and grease.
Nonetheless it was only this year when Gedge, who was adopted at birth, learned Thomas is his biological father, thanks to a DNA test.
Neil Thomas, Ron’s brother, submitted his DNA to an online registry this spring. A lot of the names that came back from it had been ones he identified, nonetheless one didn’t make sense to him — Gedge.
“The last name wasn’t common within the family, both on my mother’s facet or the father’s facet,” Neil said.
After exchanging messages flew back and forth a woman who had also submitted DNA to the registry, Neil realized the Gedge in his records was his nephew. Thomas gave up his infant son for adoption within the late 1970s in Labrador City.
He called his brother Ron, and told him he’d came upon his son, Jason Gedge, living in Nook Brook. Thomas lives in Deer Lake, Nfld; his son lives about 50 kilometres down the road in Nook Brook.
The reunion calls began. A day after Ron and his son spoke over the phone about the DNA match, they met face to face.
Nonetheless it wasn’t the first time the males had met. Gedge says he actually bought parts from his father’s scrapyard, and once they attended the same wedding ceremony party.
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“It was apt there last week, it near up in my recollections on Facebook, at a wedding ceremony I was at 13 years ago,” Gedge said. “Apt random relate I took. There’s a relate of [Ron] … at the same wedding ceremony. And I never had a clue about it.”
Regardless of living his total lifestyles away from his biological father, nobody can deliver Gedge’s likeness to Thomas.
Gedge believes the answer to the concern of nature versus nurture is beautiful clear, given everything he’s learned about his biological dad. His adoptive father, Joe Gedge, says he’s been proven wrong in that debate.
“At one time in my lifestyles I may perhaps have argued that environment was the affect on of us,” Joe said. “Nonetheless … I realized how similar Jason is to his biological parents. It’s miles amazing how similar they are. They’re very smart. They plan alike. Their hair is the same coloration. It’s amazing.”
For the males, they’re happy to be reunited. Gedge and his son are now working at Thomas’s scrapyard and they’re all getting to know each varied larger.
It’s a bond that’s going to be invaluable for Thomas on race days.
“I came for years with no pit crew, no nothing,” Thomas said. “Now we got a grand race team. Now we got a full pit crew.”