Scott Rowan never thought he’d see his wedding ring again, and even managed to lose another one in the last two years, prompting his daughter to purchase a “dummy” ring for him to wear on the job. Two years ago, while on a job for Sanibel Air Conditioning, Inc., Rowan was doing some work in the attic of a house located on Sanibel. That particular job required that he work with mastic, but he didn’t have a pair of gloves on him, so he used his bare hands. He finished the job, cleaned up and left. Later that evening, he realized that his ring was gone. “My wife, Shawn, was so mad at me, because that’s the ring that we got married with,” Rowan said. “I kept trying to remember what could have happened to it, and all I could think of is that it must have come off when I shook my hands to clear them from the mastic.” Rowan was not too concerned about rushing back to customer’s house, because they were loyal customers, he knew he would be back there are some point. Except that it was for much longer than he had anticipated.
A couple of weeks ago, Rowan was finally able to return to that residence for a job. He went upstairs into the attic and opened the hatch. Remembering what he had lost there, he looked around, and much to his surprise, found a dried piece of mastic with his ring embedded in it on the floor. “Other contractors had come through there for different jobs, so it had been stepped on and completely crushed,” Rowan added. “If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you would have never known what it was.”
For now, Rowan will continue wearing the dummy ring. Shawn was very happy to see it return and plans on holding on to it to make sure that such a valuable keepsake does not get lost again.