Niagara Gazette


November 29, 2013

After 40-year search, 57-year-old man reunites with biological mother on Thanksgiving


Niagara Gazette — When they spoke, Abercrombie told Moore the story of his birth. She had him when she was 15 in Moore, Pa, and although Abercrombie wanted to keep the baby, her father wouldn’t let her.

She was never able to see or hold her son.

“She didn’t even know I was a boy,” Moore said.

After Moore was born, Abercrombie’s father moved the family back to Kenmore, where she graduated from high school.

“It was very tough. A lot of years I cried,” she said. “I never thought I’d see him.”

Although Moore’s biological father has passed away, he has also discovered eight of his half siblings, including Michelle DelGrosso-Bacon, who hosted her family on Thanksgiving.

“It’s been wonderful, and a bit weird, because I always thought of myself as the oldest,” she joked. “She used to cry all the time ... but now, it’s exciting, and she’s been a nervous wreck.”

After 57 years of heartache and searching, the family was overjoyed to be able to spend Thanksgiving together.

“I wondered for so long if anyone was searching for me, if anyone cared about me. To know that you’ve always loved me is all I ever wanted,” Moore said to his mother Thursday.

Moore said he now hopes to get the message out to other people searching for long lost relatives.

“I want to give other people hope,” he said. “If I can find my mom after 57 years, it can be done. It was time we found each other.”

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