New Glasgow man thankful to recover twin's ashes

John Brannen, The News
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NEW GLASGOW – Randy Royal spoke from the heart when he said his twin sister was his better half.


A Facebook photo taken by Paige Beaudry received 62,211 likes, 12, 229, shares and 9,293 comments. 

“She just loved life and was a very bubbly person,” he said. “She always looked at the positive side of things, even when she was sick.”

Sandra passed away in October 2013 after a battle with Leukemia.

“There was never a whine or a whimper. She just said, ‘Hey, it’s my turn,’ and that was that.”

Since then, Royal has always kept her near with a small cross around his neck that holds some of her remains.

The inscription read, My Other Half. But up until this past weekend the cross had vanished and the hope of finding it dim.

“I had never been separated from it, which is why I was alarmed the next day,” he said. The chain on my neck was very light, so I never thought more about it.”

Royal, a maintenance man maintenance man at High-Crest Home and cadet instructor with the New Glasgow army cadets, looked everywhere and even enlisted the help of some staff at the home.

“With my job, I’m everywhere in the building so I had some of the girls looking for it,” he said. “I just kept praying along the way and even asked Sandra, ‘Where are you’.”

Enter Paige Beaudry, a young service station worker who realized that the cross found outside the station had a very special meaning to someone. She took to social media and contacted CTV to get the word out. Royal was called by one of the women he works with and told to check out the video online.

There was no mistaking that his sister had been found. His heart sank with relief.

“‘My God, there you are,’ was all I could say,” recalled Royal. “Some people criticize the younger generation but the good people outweigh the bad. When you look back to see what’s happened, it’s amazing.”

Royal believes that the cross separated from the chain on Jan. 30 after stopping at the service station in Truro. While leaning over the vehicle’s front to top off the windshield wiper fluid, it must have fell to the ground.

“With all the snow and traffic, that thing should have been buried in a snow bank.”

He met with Beaudry to recover the cross with CTV cameras rolling. The feeling was euphoric, said Royal.

“I guess anybody that’s had a sibling pass away would know it means a lot when something like this happens.”

His brother and sisters all have special a special token with which to remember their late sister. Royal remembers the long trips back to his hometown of Windsor, Ont. to visit his twin.

“I was just getting ready to head back there, and I talked to her that morning,” he said. “But when I arrived there she was gone.”

With he and the cross now reunited, Royal plans on taking it, along with the chain, to a jeweler to have it properly remounted.

“While I want her to be close to me, I think I’ll keep the cross at home from now on and wear it only for special occasions. Like it says, she’s My Other Half so it means a lot to me.”

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn  

Organizations: CTV, High-Crest Home, New Glasgow army Recalled Royal

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Truro, Windsor

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