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Hornchurch pensioner found by long-lost daughter after two decade search

PUBLISHED: 08:30 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:30 30 October 2015

Ted Buck has recently been found by the daughter he never knew he had

Ted Buck has recently been found by the daughter he never knew he had

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A pensioner who has spent two Christmases alone following the death of his wife described himself as “the luckiest man alive” after discovering he has a daughter he knew nothing about.

Ted Buck has recently been found by the daughter he never knew he hadTed Buck has recently been found by the daughter he never knew he had

Diane Rolls, 57, of Cardiff, had almost given up hope of finding her birth father after a 22-year search – until social media came to the rescue.

In Hornchurch, Ted Buck, 77, of Bruce Avenue, was feeling lonely following the death of his wife in 2013. But in one phone call that changed and Diane’s search ended.

“I was sitting here ready to hang myself because I had no one,” said Ted.

“But now I am the luckiest man alive. I lost my wife but have gained a daughter.”

Ted has not just gained a daughter but also a son-in-law, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He added: “That is not a family, that’s a crew, a tribe!”

Until Diane made contact Ted, whose only family was a brother in Wales, had no idea she existed.

In 1958 he had returned to England from serving with the armed forces in Germany to propose to his pregnant girlfriend.

But he was rejected and believed that his unborn child had been aborted.

Diane had actually been adopted and began looking for her birth father after finding his name in a letter.

Encouraged by her husband, John, Diane wrote to television shows including Surprise Surprise and Long Lost Family for help.

She said: “Although interest was shown, I was told that an Edward Buck and his son had died.”

But Diane was looking for an Edward G Buck and had not given the initial.

One last attempt saw her turn to a Facebook group.

“I mentioned the name of a factory, the Leather Cloth Company in West Ham, that I thought he had worked at and someone recognised his name.”

Diane then wrote a carefully worded letter explaining she was researching her family tree and seeking information from anyone who knew her maternal family.

“The letter also said she was looking for her dad,” said Ted.

Both become emotional when describing how during their first phone call things began to click into place.

Diane said: “I’m so happy and relieved my search is over.”

The pair are now spending a week together to catch up on lost time. things began to click into place.

The pair are now spending a week together to catch up on lost time.

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