After the Chronicle’s report about AFL legend Kevin Sheedy meeting his father-in-law, Don Porter, for the first time in 31 years, the family tree has extended with Don’s children from his first marriage now hoping to make contact.
After the Chronicle’s report about AFL legend Kevin Sheedy meeting his father-in-law, Don Porter, for the first time in 31 years, the family tree has extended with Don’s children from his first marriage now hoping to make contact.

Kevin finds more lost family

KEVIN Sheedy’s lost family is fast extending in the wake of the Chronicle’s exclusive story on Monday about the AFL supercoach finding his Fraser Coast father-in-law for the first time in 31 years of his marriage to Geraldine.

Don Porter, who did not know that his eldest daughter, Geraldine, from his first marriage to Shirley Cook in Melbourne, had married the footy hero, is still recovering from the happy shock of meeting his lost family in Hervey Bay.

“I last saw my ex-wife and two daughters when they were toddlers more than 50 years ago. When Kevin and the girls came up to see me in Craignish it was a huge surprise and I’m still coming to terms with it all.”

Yesterday Nyomi Silver phoned the Chronicle from Gladstone to say she was the eldest daughter of Donny Porter from his second marriage – to Caroline.

“My mum passed away on August 31, 2004,” Nyomi said.

“That was the last time I saw Dad – at mum’s funeral. I lost track of him again after that so it was amazing to read the story about his meeting his two daughters from his first marriage and his son-in-law Kevin Sheedy.”

Ms Silver is 44 and a professional face painter.

“My aunt Deslyn in Maryborough rang me to say she had seen the article in the Chronicle so I pulled it up on your website and then phoned my sister Donna to come right on over.

“I handed her my laptop and read it all. We were both in tears. Donna is a teacher and 41 and our brother Brett in Gympie is 43.

“I said to Donna, who sometimes thought she had been adopted, that now she finally knew she wasn’t because she’s the spitting image of Leonie, Dad’s youngest from his first marriage.”

The Chronicle gave Nyomi the phone numbers of her half sisters Geraldine and Leonie, whom she said she had been trying to track down “for years”.

“Dad left us when I was 15. It was pretty traumatic at the time. But now at least we’ll be able to get to know the other half of our family.”



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