Tracy Alvarado stands next to Harry Richmond, the grandfather she didn't know existed until her own father, Ron Smith (Harry's son), died in 2007. Going through Smith's belongings, she found a Christmas card from Harry and wife Joan, and then found her dad's birth certificate that showed he was actually born Ron Richmond in 1947. Son and dad met in 2005. Tracy and Harry have been in catch-up mode ever since. Photo taken Oct. 22, 2013.
Tracy Alvarado stands next to Harry Richmond, the grandfather she didn't know existed until her own father, Ron Smith (Harry's son), died in 2007. Going through Smith's belongings, she found a Christmas card from Harry and wife Joan, and then found her dad's birth certificate that showed he was actually born Ron Richmond in 1947. Son and dad met in 2005. Tracy and Harry have been in catch-up mode ever since. Photo taken Oct. 22, 2013. jjardine@modbee.com
Tracy Alvarado stands next to Harry Richmond, the grandfather she didn't know existed until her own father, Ron Smith (Harry's son), died in 2007. Going through Smith's belongings, she found a Christmas card from Harry and wife Joan, and then found her dad's birth certificate that showed he was actually born Ron Richmond in 1947. Son and dad met in 2005. Tracy and Harry have been in catch-up mode ever since. Photo taken Oct. 22, 2013. jjardine@modbee.com

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