Douglas Bennison, Author at The Ring Finders

Losing a Family Heirloom Ring in Sudbury, Ontario

from Sudbury (Ontario, Canada)
Contact: 1-705-692-3782

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dscn4695 It was a hot July afternoon back in summer 2012, when I was 16, and I decided to go for a swim at my local beach to cool off. The water was nice, I remember diving underwater quite a few times, not thinking that I had my ring on my right hand pinkie finger. It wasn’t just any ring though, it was a ring that my Grandfather made back in high school machine shop, which was nearly 60 years ago. He gave it to me as a gift a few years prior, and I had wore it on my hand every day since. The ring fit me comfortably.
As I continued swimming in the lake, I remember having my hands out in front of me, and seeing my ring slide off my finger, slowly float to the bottom of the lake, about 5 and a half feet down. I remember being in such a panic to find my ring that I searched for hours to try and retrieve it, but with no luck. I ended up going back several times that summer looking for the ring. I even had my uncle help look for it (he is an avid metal detector too), but we both couldn’t find it. I ended up giving up the search after a long time of not finding it. Having to live with the guilt of never getting to see my ring again.
Fast forward to August of 2016, my mom comes home from work one evening (she works for the City of Sudbury parks depot) and told me she was talking to a man metal detecting at the beach where I lost my ring 4 years ago. It turns out it was Douglas searching for other rings. She asked him about my ring if he could find it for me. They exchange phone numbers. My mom later described what the ring looks like: Stainless steel, with a flattened end. Douglas said he may have found it last spring when he was detecting at the beach. He ended up emailing me pictures of it, and it turns out it was my ring, in perfect condition. My mom and I end up driving out to his home to pick it up. I couldn’t believe my eyes, after all these years that I would finally get to have my old ring back.
Unfortunately my fingers have grown in size quite a bit since last time I wore it, but it is still nice to have a family heirloom back in my possession. It was quite an honor to meet with Douglas, under such chance circumstances. I know now to never swim with a ring on my finger again.

By Brannyn Luciw

Lost my platinum wedding ring in Sudbury, Ontario

from Sudbury (Ontario, Canada)
Contact: 1-705-692-3782

Treasure Hunter in the outfield

It was a bright, warm, summer afternoon on Saturday, June 11th when your humble author of this story lost my platinum wedding ring in left field of the Kinsman Baseball Softball Park.

Trying to relive when I played left field for my home town softball team, I decided to run as fast as I could from the left field line to center field fence. Before doing so, I took off my ring and held it loosely in my left hand, and bolted as fast as I could towards the center field fence.

Legs sprinting, arms pumping, and eyes focused on my destination, I forgot for a moment that I was holding my ring, opened my hand for a moment and the ring launched from my hand into the thick uncut grass of the outfield. Finishing my dash to center field and breathing heavy, I looked down in panic at my empty hand.

I started to retrace my steps. Sun beating down on my back, on my hands and knees, for over two hours I searched through the outfield grass with no luck. Even my children joined in to help me look. Worried and stressed I took out my cell phone and googled the search phrase “ring finders”. There I found a local metal detector that actually lived very close to the very park I was at. He was polite and courteous and was there to help me in about twenty minutes.

I pointed out the area in which I thought the ring landed. He set about making a marked area to search, placing markers in the grass as my children asked my many questions about metal detection. He searched for close to two hours but did not find it saying, “Often you never find it where you think it is.” He told me not to worry, he would return on Monday morning to resume the search. We exchanged numbers, shook hands and made plans to meet up then.

On Sunday night, I called to tell him that I would be there at the field to help at around 10AM tomorrow. I still remember pulling into the parking lot at the Kinsman Field and as I was getting out of my car, I saw him waive at me, and hold up his arm, “I found it!” he exclaimed. Excited, I ran to the field to see exactly where he found it. It was roughly where I thought it might be, but it was buried underneath some grass in a small hole and was there even after the city park riding lawnmower had cut the outfield grass! Amazing it was still there!

I was so grateful and thanked him many times, as my feelings of concern were abated as I held my ring in my hand again. I have nothing but positive remarks to make about my experience with the ring finder that helped me find my ring in the outfield. Standing there, with my ring in my hand, I had to smile that at a baseball diamond, he had found something more valuable to me than any precious gem could ever be. Thank you for your professionalism and expertise during a stressful weekend I will never forget!DSCN4116 DSCN4120

Lost Gold Engagement Ring In Sudbury, Ontario

from Sudbury (Ontario, Canada)
Contact: 1-705-692-3782

I got an email from Sean on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 about 11 am.

Sean said, in the email that the ring was lost in his yard and he knew pretty well where it was located.

We arranged a time for me to go to Sean’s and search for the lost gold engagement ring.

December 19 at 10 am was -18c with a strong north wind. I decided I better dress real warm today, because

it may take a while to find it. Sean explained to me, what had unfolded a few nights earlier. Sean said, he was standing in the driveway, when he threw his Fiancé’s engagement ring out across the yard. I told Sean to go back into the house to keep warm, while I hunted the area. I hunted the area in which Sean said, he threw the ring for

over an hour and a half with many good signals, but no ring. The ground had 2” of ice on surface and 6” of snow, packed hard in places. When Sean came out again, I had him throw a test ring to see where he actually threw the ring. Sean proceed to take the test ring into the house, I ask him where he was going and he said, the other side door is locked, so I have to go in this door and unlock the door from the inside to come out that door. In a minute, he was halfway out the other side door and I told him not to throw the test ring at me, but where he thought he threw it that night. This is not the story I heard when Sean originally told me about where he was standing. When Sean threw the test ring I lost site of it, but saw a small movement in the snow. This is why I use a metal detector to find things, they don’t lie. If it beeps to indicate there is something there, there is! I said to Sean, go back into the house and warm up and I will continue searching. People think they know where they lost something, but in fact they don’t.

I now had a true idea of where that ring was hiding. I worked my way back towards that door in a 20 foot pattern and there it was 20 feet from that door. After putting my metal detector and gear in the car, I checked my watch, 2 hours almost. I went to the front door and knocked. Sean opened the door and I held out my hand and dropped the ring in his as I said, Merry Christmas. They where ecstatic to say the least, so after many thank you’s and a hug I headed for home.

On my way home I glance down at the outside temperature reading in the car, -18c. I sure was glad I had worn my cloth ski doo suit and insulated rubber boots to go hunting today. I sure had a fun day and made 3 people very happy. Winter hunting can be an exciting time, if you dress for it!

 

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Lost Gold Wedding Ring in Cambridge, Ontario

from Sudbury (Ontario, Canada)
Contact: 1-705-692-3782

On Wednesday October 3, 2012 while attending a medical appointment my ninety-four year old father looked down and realized he was not wearing his wedding band.  At the time he thought it was strange but figured he must have taken it off the day before as he was working in the garden.  He went on to tell me that he always takes it off and puts it in the drawer of his china cabinet before he goes outside.  Assuming that was the case, we continued on with our appointment.  When we got home and checked my father was quite upset that his wedding ring was not where he thought it was.  I went over and we checked all the “logical” places it could be.  No luck.  My seven year old daughter was tasked with looking for it under all the furniture, nooks and crannies, but still no luck. 

The day after I found my father out in the garden again back at the same spots he had been working at in an attempt to find the ring.  We re-traced his steps as best we could and dug and sifted through the soil.  Once again, no ring.  My father was quite upset that he could not find his wedding band.  Not only have he and my mother been married for many,many years, but the band itself was actually made by one of his very good friends who is now deceased.  It is a very special ring for many reasons.

Unsure what to do I did what many people do in this day and age and turned to Facebook.  “Does anyone have a metal detector I can borrow?  My dad has lost his wedding ring.”  A couple posts wishing us luck and then one from my friend Mandy who said she could do one better- her father, Doug Bennison, is an actual ring finder!  Mandy contacted her father who happened to be planning a visit this way and convinced him to bring his equipment and come have a look. On Monday October 22, 2012 the day before I was to leave on a vacation, Mandy and her father Doug arrived and set up shop.  Doug asked a few questions and set out to find the ring.  After well over an hour and the good fortune of finding many assorted bits of metal, foil, coins and what you would expect in the yard of a seventy plus year old house, we had not found the ring.  I had to pop out for a quick errand so I left Doug and Mandy to continue.  After another half an hour I was on my way home when I received a text message.  As I was driving I ignored it and rounded the corner to my parents’ house.  There I was met by a beaming Doug and Mandy.  Doug had found the ring!  I could not believe it and went to get my father.  My dad came outside and put the ring on, dirt and all!  Doug had found it near where he had been digging almost three weeks ago.  It was buried in the soil!  We think it may have fallen out of my dad’s pocket, onto the earth and he stepped on it.  Without Doug and his ring finding skills we never would have found it!  Thank you so much Doug for traveling all the way to look for the ring and to Mandy for arranging it. You have made a ninety four year old man, very very happy.

With much gratitude,

Corey Kimpson