A TOY wooden boat and a letter to a loved one that washed up on Moore Park Beach has been returned to its owners.
The NewsMail spoke to Moore Park man Tom Tilney last week who came across a tribute to "Poppy" washed up on the sand when he went for a morning walk.
Mr Tilney kept the items in the hope he would be able to find the family that they belonged to.
The wooden boat, which was decorated in flowers and had a letter wedged inside, was sent off into the sea on November 11 by Melissa Shore and her three children to mark the birthday of their Poppy, Bernie Shore, who died in June this year.
"I was told by a friend last week to have a read of the NewsMail and when I did, I saw the story and it brought tears to my eyes," she said.
"My daughter Angelita actually wrote the letter and it was the first time I had read it."
Ms Shore said her father was a well-recognised man within the Moore Park community and a much-loved pop to her children Angelita, Deago and Charlie.
"He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer almost three years ago and was told he would only have six to eight months to live," she said.
"He lasted almost three years.
"We spent most of our time with him.
"We were all very close.
"He took the kids fishing all the time and made Angie and Deago great little fishermen."
Ms Shore said that last Wednesday her family went to the beach to send off the boat and the letter to Poppy.
"We put a little candle inside and floated it out to sea," she said.
Angelita, wrote the letter because she missed her pop.
"It was just a way to remember him," she said.
"I thought of sending the letter in a boat because he always took us fishing."
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