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After over 70 years aside, Bob Mann by no means thought he’d see his youthful brother Ed once more.

He was misplaced within the provincial care system as a younger boy, but someway discovered once more as a senior.

Ed Mann was born in 1939, the youngest of six siblings. With his father serving abroad throughout the Second world warfare his mom did her finest to take care of him.

But his bodily and psychological incapacity proved an excessive amount of for her to deal with.

“She kept Ed at home and looked after him as long as she possibly could,” says Bob Mann.

“And she just reached a point where she couldn’t… because of his condition, she couldn’t handle it anymore. And I think probably the doctors recommended that he should be institutionalized.”


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He was despatched to the notorious Ontario hospital faculty in Orillia.

Once known as the Orillia Asylum for Idiots, it closed for good in 2009. But its sordid historical past stays a humiliation for the province.

It was overcrowded and lots of of those that had been housed there complained of abuse. It’s unclear if Ed Mann was a sufferer.

What is evident is that Bob Mann’s dad and mom had been instructed by the docs that Ed would seemingly not dwell previous the age of 20 due to his issues.

So the Mann household lived their lives however they all the time puzzled what occurred to Ed.

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Five years in the past Bob determined he wanted to know. He appeared by means of cemeteries for gravestones bearing his brother’s identify to no avail.

Then he requested authorities information to trace down what occurred to Ed.

“The most important thing I found out in reading these papers,” Bob says, “was that Ed had been discharged from Orillia long after I thought he would have died – and transferred to a mental rehabilitation centre in Woodstock ON.”

The path then led him to 3 totally different centres in Kitchener.

And after three years of wading by means of bureaucratic crimson tape he drove to the Sunbeam Centre along with his son-in-law.  When they walked as much as reception they acquired the shock of their lives.

“The girl in the office looked at me and she says ‘you don’t have to tell me who you are.  Or who you’re here to see…   You look like Ed’s brother,’” he recalled.

“Well, certainly the facial features were – they could be almost twins, really,” Sunbeam’s Deb Widdes mentioned. “You could tell right away that they were family.”

They pulled Ed’s file which clearly mentioned: “Parents deceased. No known relatives.” Bob didn’t know that Ed was alive, and no person knew that Ed nonetheless had household on the lookout for him.

“We were all so excited that day – like everybody in the whole place was just so excited that day,” says Widdes. “Every time I think about it, I get goosebumps.”

Ed is now not capable of communicate or stroll on his personal.

And though he’s confined to a wheelchair his household believes he is aware of what’s happening.

“At first, he – I don’t think he grasped it,” says Bob’s son-in-law Peter Andersen. “Now that Bob’s visited many times, I think there’s a real bond right now.”

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