Ellen Reardon was just a baby when her parents split up in 1953. Her father was an electrician, but he lost his job when the Quincy Shipyard closed down. He couldn’t find work in Boston, and Reardon’s mother’s family didn’t exactly want him around, so he moved back to his native Ohio.
Ellen Reardon and her mother bounced between apartments in Dorchester and South Boston until her mother remarried and went on to have four more kids. Ellen Reardon loved her new family, but never stopped wondering about the father she never knew.