Colleen and Dale Poirier of Calgary are the couple in a wedding picture that was among a box of photos found by a Guildford couple.

Lost photos found and retrieved

Family ‘excited’ to get valued images back from Guildford couple.

The mystery of the missing pictures has been solved.

The Leader ran a story Nov. 5 (“Are you missing a box of family photos?”) about a Guildford couple who, after a flood in their home, had picked up all their belongings from a local restoration company only to find a box of photos that were not theirs.

After spending more than a year looking for the owners of the photos, Jim and Esther contacted The Leader for help.

Following the story and a selection of photos being published both online and in print, Colleen Poirier, who now lives in Calgary, received a call from her brother saying he had seen her wedding photo in The Leader.

The Poirier family home in Panorama was destroyed by fire in 2005 and all their belongings were put into storage. But after the year-long restoration, the family picked up all their boxes but just assumed many of the photos had been destroyed.

On Thursday, Jim and Esther handed over the photos to their rightful owners.

“My mother is so excited,” said Tamara Poirier, who lives in Surrey and is Colleen’s sister-in-law.

“She’s having a happy time today going through all the pictures.”


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