Canadian-American actor Ryan Reynolds remembered his late grandfather, Chester Reynolds who served for Canadian Forces, by releasing a story that amazed readers.
‘Deadpool’ star uploaded series of snaps including a pair of photographs of his grandfather, a war helmet, and a dutchman’s breeches, to his verified Instagram account and began telling of the anecdote from grandfather’s military service years. The actor began by saying that Chester Reynolds was a man who “by all accounts, led a life of compassion, random acts of kindness and hard work” and continued by mentioning how he became a doctor.
Reynolds added regarding the characteristic features of his paternal grandfather:
“If he saw someone with inadequate shoes, he bought them a new pair. He was always giving people stuff. But especially shoes. A holdover from his early winters spent freezing on the Canadian Prairies with hole-ridden leather boots.”
According to ‘6 Underground‘ actor what stated in his tribute, when the world war II ended, Reynolds, who was a provincial politician and member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, gave his war helmet to a little kid from Germany. Even though the boy named Harold and his parents kept in touch with the Reynolds family, they lost the touch in the early ’60s.
However, two years ago, a man from the Black Forest in Germany contacted the actor; informed something valuable, and said he wanted to give that to Reynolds. Then the pair agreed to meet for a coffee in Berlin. Continued:
“His name was Harold and he was in his late seventies. He wanted to return my grandpa’s helmet. He wanted nothing in exchange.”
So, Harold, apart from the helmet, gave more things related to granddad Reynolds, whom the actor never got to meet with because he had passed well before Ryan was born. He concluded his message as follows:
“I did get to meet Harold though.”
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My grandfather was a guy who by all accounts, led a life of compassion, random acts of kindness and hard work. As a kid, he was homeless, yet managed to put himself through medical school, eventually becoming a doctor. If he saw someone with inadequate shoes, he bought them a new pair. He was always giving people stuff. But especially shoes. A holdover from his early winters spent freezing on the Canadian Prairies with hole-ridden leather boots. When WWII ended, he gave his Mk2 helmet to his neighbour in Vancouver, a little kid from Germany named Harold. The boy and his parents kept in touch with my grandparents throughout the years, eventually losing touch in the early 60’s when the family moved back to Europe. In 2018, I was contacted by a guy living in the Black Forest in Germany. He said he had something valuable to give me. Something that belonged to me. It so happened I was heading to Berlin on a press tour for Deadpool 2. If he was willing to drive seven hours to Berlin, I could definitely find time to meet him for coffee. His name was Harold and he was in his late seventies. He wanted to return my grandpa’s helmet. He wanted nothing in exchange. He gave me one other thing from my grandpa; a totally random, awesome and unexpected act of kindness. I never got to meet my grandfather because he died well before I was spat out into the world. I did get to meet Harold though. #CanadaRemembers #RememberanceDay 🇨🇦