12/07/2012 11:09 EST | Updated 02/06/2013 05:12 EST

Alberta Man Finally Gets Letter Written By His Mom During World War II

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NAMAO, Alta. - A man from Namao, Alta., is trying to figure out how a letter his mother mailed to him nearly seven decades ago ended up being delivered just last week.

Jack Speers says the letter was written by his mother on Christmas Eve 1943.

It was the Second World War and Speers was stationed in St. Thomas, Ont., training to become an aircraft mechanic.

In the letter, his mother writes about the family's Christmas plans and how she had bought a $12 fountain pen for his father but couldn't get the .22-calibre rifle she wanted for Speers' brother.

Last Friday, Speers was shocked when the letter was delivered to him by an RCMP officer.

A young person reportedly had the letter, and when it was found, it was turned over to police.

``How it came from there into the possession of this youth, I can't say for sure, but it was not lost in the mail for 70 years,'' said Cpl. Bryce Tarzwell with Morinville.

Speers said his mother often sent him letters, but he never received this one - and he's not sure what happened.

``It must have gone to Ontario, but where it went from there I haven't got a clue, and nobody else seems to know either,'' Speers said.

Speers' mother passed away 20 years ago, but because of the letter, she will have a special place in not only her son's memory, but for many others involved in getting the letter to its intended recipient.

``For it to show up at this time of year I think for him it was kind of a neat little story, and for me as well,'' said Tarzwell. ``You know, it's a really feel-good story.''