RON Richards has waited a long time for this moment - 36 years to be exact.
Next Friday, the Rockhampton man will meet his 36-year-old son, Steve Seath, for the first time.
"I never thought this day would come," Ron said yesterday.
Ron met Steve's mother while working at the steel works in Wollongong, but after moving back to Rockhampton before Steve was born, Ron never got to meet him.
"She moved on," he said.
"I wrote a few letters to him but he never got them."
Steve, who now lives in Broulee, New South Wales, with his wife Trish and their three children, said he grew up thinking his step dad was his real father.
"I found out the dad I grew up with wasn't my dad when I was 17," he said.
"I overheard my mum talking about it, but I didn't know Ron's name or where he was until six weeks ago.
"I used to watch that Find my Family TV show every week and nearly cry.
"I wondered if I'd end up on it one day."
Ron said Steve's mother wrote him a letter telling him that his son wanted to get in contact.
"So I gave her a call and left my number and then Steve rang me," he said.
Steve said it took him hours to make the call.
"I just kept dialling it and hanging up, but then I thought bugger it you've got to do it now," he said.
"It's the best thing I've ever done."
Apart from looks, the two men also share similar tastes in music and sport.
"When we chat on the phone it's like we're best mates," Steve said.
Steve will travel to Rockhampton next week with his family and he said he couldn't wait to not only meet his father, but also his brothers and sisters.
"That was a massive shock - that I had other siblings," he said.
"I can't wait to meet everyone though."
Ron said he was nervous but excited.
"I'm glad it's all finally happened," he said.
The family will celebrate Steve's arrival with a big barbecue.
"He's gonna get a shock at how big our family is," laughed Ron.
If all goes well, Steve said he and his family might make the move up to Queensland.
"I'm trying to get a job in the mines and I've already missed out on 36 years - it makes sense," he said.
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