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After 65 Years, 89-Year-Old And His Wallet Get Reunited. What It Carried All This Time Will Warm Your Heart

People | September 16, 2015

Identity theft. Two words that make losing our wallets terrifying. However, in Edward Parker's case losing his wallet back in the 1950s, while he was repairing WWII bomb damage at the back of a medieval bookcase in Lambeth Palace, means he lost the treasured items he kept inside it.

Nearly 70 years later, Parker didn't expect to be reunited with his wallet. But as fate would have it, a worker doing restoration work at the palace found it. What it carried inside for 65 years? Just see for yourself.

 
There were invoices and receipts inside.

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And a medical card issued by the London Insurance Committee.

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The wallet also has his business cards - E Parker, Electrical Contractor.

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According to BBC, with some help, the builder learned that Parker was still alive. And thanks to the information from IDs and other documents inside his wallet, they were able to track him down.

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Now 89, Edward has dementia and lives in a care home in Essex with his wife Constance.

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Parker was very happy to get his wallet back. And the photos were the best part of it.

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His wife, Constance, remembers the day his wallet went missing: "I know he was upset. He came in and said 'I lost my wallet' and I said 'Never mind'.

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"And one of his friends said to him: 'What did you lose, Ed?' And he said 'Never mind what I lost, the money I don't worry about, it's the memories that I lost.'"

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