My long-lost dad found me on Facebook

By Pam Magwaza
02 May 2017

Her mother committed suicide when she was 22-months-old and she never knew her father.

A Facebook invite was the last way Penelope Thrower thought she would finally find her father but then again, anything is possible!

The 27-year-old from Lazenby, Redcar grew up with her grandparents after her mother committed suicide when she was just a toddler.

She had always believed that she would never know who her father is because her mother passed away without ever telling anyone the identity of Penelope's father.

But this did not stop her dad from finding her.

Seven years ago, while in her friend's car,  Penelope received a Facebook invite from a musician named Tony Peacock and upon accepting it she got the message, "I'm your dad" in her inbox.

She told the Gatzette Live, "I sat there and cried my eyes out. I didn’t know if I was happy, angry or what. Not a clue."

"He rang me and my grandma and grandad said they would support me in whatever I wanted to do," she added.

She admitted by that by the age of 22 she had already begun accepting that she might never get to know her only living parent and that's if he was still alive.

“I was brought up by my grandparents and I always grew up thinking nobody knew who my dad was. I just didn’t think I would ever find out who he was. There was a lot of ‘hearsay’ but never anything solid"

Tony Peacock, who always knew that Penelope was his daughter, said that because of the circumstances surrounding her mother's death he did not think that his presence in his daughter's life would beneficial.

“I followed her growing up over the years," he said. "But I didn’t want to cause any trouble. I kept photos of her. Her mum’s friends got them for me. Finally, I sent her a friend request and ‘liked’ one of her pictures. She asked me ‘Are you my dad?’ That was how it happened.”

They then arranged a meeting.

"I had so many questions but all I really wanted was to meet him. I was terrified. I must have stood outside that pub for about half an hour, full of nerves feeling sick and wondering whether to just leave it. I went in and in that pub was the kindest, generous and caring man I have ever known. I have never ever looked back and can say with absolute certainty that my decision to meet my dad was the best I have ever made," she said.

Not only did Penelope get the dad she had long for, for 20 years but she also found four brothers and then a younger sister.

According to Penelope, the reunion was very timely as both her grandfather and grandmother passed on shortly after she met her real father.

"When my grandma was very poorly and the end was near, she didn’t make a lot of sense much of the time but she said one thing that will stay with me forever. She said ‘I’m so glad you met your dad, you’ll never be alone'. She was so right.”

Source: Gazette Live,, Facebook

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