Class ring lost on honeymoon surfaces on beach 47 years later
By Natalie O’Neill
August 25, 2017 | 4:18pm
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A Manhattan College grad lost his class ring while splashing around with his newlywed bride on Cape Cod nearly half a century ago — but miraculously got it back this week thanks to a beach scavenger with a metal detector.
“It’s really incredible luck; one coincidence after another,” Patrick O’Hagan, 70, of Holtsville, told The Post.
O’Hagan and his wife, Christine, were celebrating their honeymoon on the beach 47 years ago, when his ring fell off and sunk into the sea, he said.
“I lost my balance and I could feel it slip off my hand into three or four feet of water,” he said.
The couple spent hours looking for the jewelry — a $100 gift Christine bought for Patrick in 1969 — but eventually were forced to give up, he said.
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He googled the name found “The Book of Kehls,” a 2005 memoir by Christine about the tragic death of her son.
“It was chapter nine, and it began: ‘I fell in love with Patrick O’Hagan,’” Wirth told the station. “So I knew that I had the exact person I needed to track down.”
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The aging lovebirds celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in June.
“This all brought back a lot of memories,” Patrick said.
He added, “It’s an amazing story. If you put it in a book, nobody would believe it was true.”
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O’Hagan, Patrick [MC????]
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The Book of Kehls Paperback – February 7, 2006
by Christine Kehl O’Hagan (Author)
When Bridget Moore left Ireland in 1865, she never suspected that along with her trunk and rosary beads, she was bringing Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to New York City. It wasn’t until Bridget was a grandmother, one who had buried four of her grandsons, that she realized she’d brought MD to the States, a disease that would haunt her family for generations. Years later, her great-grandchildren grew up under the elevated trains of Jackson Heights, Queens―and one of them was Christine Kehl O’Hagan, the author of this moving and insightful memoir.
Christine, her sister Pam, and their brother Richie played in the streets and attended mass every Sunday. But Richie had trouble walking. By the time he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, Christine learned that two of her mother’s brothers―uncles she’d never known about―had died of MD. Christine eventually married and had a healthy son. But one day she saw her second boy, Jamie, struggle to climb onto the school bus―and she knew knew then and there that this disease would be with her the rest of her life.
Extraordinarily written, with much honesty and humor, The Book of Kehls is the engaging story of a family that has known love, courage, and heartbreak in equal measure―and survived.
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I believe that Patrick is a member of the Class of 1969.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
O’Hagan, Patrick [MC1969]
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