When I was 21, I was dating my husband and he took me to New York City for St. Patrick's Day. On the evening of St. Patrick we went to a bar on Times Square, I think it was called Smith's. We were going to have a drink and people-watch and possibly meet interesting Irish characters. My husband spotted an old man, sitting alone, having a drink and he was sure the old man was Irish. But he wasn't. He was actually a Greek/Macedonian, he was from the same parts as my grandpa and was about the same age as my grandpa. Chris and I became good friends, exchanged addresses and telephone numbers and spoke a couple of times during the year. The next year before St. Patrick's day I sent Chris a letter telling him to meet us at the same bar on the night of St. Patrick. And we met again. We had a drink or two that night. We spoke once or twice on the phone during 2002. After that we exchanged Christmas cards and I just found one as I was going through some shoe boxes of cards. There is no date on it, and I can't quite remember when it was sent. Maybe 2005 or so. I can't remember the last time I heard from Chris, but it has been several years at least.
This morning I decided to call the number I used to have for him.
Me: Hi I am looking for Chris Konstantino.
Voice (in an East Asian, middle east accent): Who? What's the name?
Me: Chris Konstantino. He used to live there in unit number....hm....
Voice: Oh my Gosh! Chris Konstantino!!!! He's been gone, long time, maybe 10 years ago.
Me: 10 years, couldn't be.
Voice: Yes, he checked out, long time. His health wasn't good, he couldn't breathe, he was on oxygen. He had to go, you know.....
Me: Are you saying he just moved out, or he is gone as in he passed away?
Voice: No he moved, but I tell you he was sick so I don't know. He may be in a nursing home, but that was long time ago. He was sick. You are a relative you need to find him.
Me: I am not related, no. He was a friend. He was where my grandpa was from, and he was about the same age. I didn't think he had family so I used to write him sometime, you know for Christmas and such.
Voice: oh yeah, yeah. I don't mean to break your heart, but he may be gone. His health, I tell you when he left......yeah it wasn't good. If you find him let me know OK.
Me: I will, thank you. Bye.
So how do you find someone that you only have a name for and an address that is no longer current? I am not sure of exact age, 70+ I think. White Pages or 411.com didn't give me much. I have a scribble in my address book of a friend he had in Colorado with a phone number. I called the number but it's been disconnected.