An Ontario man has been successful in his search for ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’ who he met 50 years ago travelling in Europe. (Submitted by Doug Bradley)

So, they found ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’

Dave Tryon, now 72 and living in North Delta, will reunite with long-ago travelling friends in Monterey, Calif.

They found Dave.

An Ontario man who contacted the Vancouver Island Free Daily last week, hoping to find ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’, a person he met 50 years ago travelling in Europe, has been successful in his search.

“I owe you guys a debt of thanks,” said Douglas Bradley with a laugh on Friday. “It’s a most extraordinary story.”

Bradley, who lives in Ottawa, went on his needle-in-a-haystack quest, searching for the fellow he knew only by his first name, to let him know of an upcoming reunion for a group of travellers that watched the moon landing together on the floor of the U.S. embassy just outside Bonn, Germany in 1969.

“I was backpacking in Europe in 1969 with my sister… we bumped into a bunch of people in Koln, one Canadian and five Americans and we proceeded to the Bonn Youth Hostel,” Bradley said. “There we noticed that the moon landing was the next day and we were only a couple of kilometres away from the old U.S. embassy.”

RELATED: So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Bradley said he, his sister, Dave and the five Americans travelled together for another four or five days after that.

“Then we sort of split up,” Bradley said. “Dave was the one who owned a car so he drove the Americans through Italy and France and Spain.”

Unfortunately Bradley didn’t record Dave’s last name in the diary he kept during his trip and only knew he came from somewhere on Vancouver Island.

That’s where readers of the VI Free Daily and other Black Press Media outlets took over.

Bradley’s story was shared countless times, and Dave was located this week.

He’s Dave Tryon, 72 and living in North Delta, having retired seven years ago after a 40-year career with Pepsi.

Tryon’s sister-in-law lives in Victoria (he also has a sister in Coombs), who shared the story with her son in Edmonton, who passed the information along to Bradley and the two travelling pals were able to talk for the first time in five decades.

“I couldn’t reach him right away, because he was in Montreal,” said Tryon. “But I sent him a text and we were able to talk.”

“We talked like it happened yesterday,” said Bradley. “It was fantastic.”

Tryon will now indeed join his former travel mates from June 11-15 for their reunion in Monterey, Calif.

“Truthfully, I don’t remember too much about the trip,” said Tryon with a chuckle. “All the photos I had, I sent to one of the guys in California, but they weren’t duplicates, so I never got them back.”

He said he is looking forward to the reunion.

“Why not? Quite a blast from the past,” offered Tryon, no longer just the mysterious ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’.

philip.wolf@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

 

‘Dave from Vancouver Island’ (pictured here in 1969) is Dave Tryon from North Delta. (Submitted by Doug Bradley)

Just Posted

Greater Victoria records drop in building permit values

Values are up for British Columbia and Canada thanks to Vancouver

Rules grounding high flight crews for 28 days likely to be challenged

Lawyer says policy could compromise charter rights and personal liberties

Oak Bay Sausagefest 2019 to buoy Sea Rescue program

Firefighters’ June 22 charity event will support marine responders

PHOTOS: Thousands raised for cancer at second annual Gala for Hope

Victoria Fire Department’s fundraiser a success ahead of Ride to Conquer Cancer

Crews respond to near drowning at Thetis Lake

Man taken to hospital after calls come in of drowning in progress

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read