KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Almost 30 years ago, Ed Walker was doing work for the Town of Kenmore and picked up some scrap piping that he was asked to discard of.
He ended up keeping it for the lead.
"I picked up the lead trap and it had this ring in it. I didn't know it was ring at first because it was just a round ball that looked like a tennis ball with all the soap that accumulated on it. I threw it on my work bench for I don't know how many years," Walker recalled.
And that's where it stayed until a couple of years ago when he decided to bust it open with a hammer and found a class ring from Kenmore East High School inside. Walker reached out to News 4 to have us help him find the owner.
The ring is from 1975 and has the initials "K.A.F." on the inside. We took the ring to Kenmore East to try and find who it belonged to.
Assistant Principal Jim Dunnigan, who was celebrating his last day on Friday, pulled the yearbook from '75 and found the ring belonged to Kirk Feather, a man he had happened to coach on the football team during his first year of teaching at Kenmore East.
Feather's niece is currently a student at Kenmore East, and the assistant principal was easily able to get Feather's phone number through the girl's father. He then called Feather to let him know News 4 had his ring.
Feather owns Duff's inside the Eastern Hills Mall, and News 4 went there to return what he lost so long ago.
"When Jim called me and said he had found my class ring it was like...what? What is going on here? It just doesn't make sense to me. I knew it was missing. I just thought I lost it somewhere. I never dreamed it went through the plumbing somewhere. It was just a total shock it was found in the drain all these years ago," Feather said.
Turns out, the piping Walker had removed for the town years ago belonged to Feather's first house. Feather has his ring back, and Dunnigan has come full circle. The assistant principal started his career coaching Feather, and now he's ended it with him by working to solve this mystery.
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