Waldoboro, Maine Seven years into his tenure as a furniture mover for a local bedding retailer, Gary Nisbet was joined by a new colleague, Randy Joubert, who looked so much like him that customers asked whether they were brothers.
“We thought they were just trying to razz us,” Joubert said.
Turns out the customers were on to something. They really are brothers — and the attention they got after finding each other also has turned up a sister.
The two men were given up for adoption as babies about 35 years ago, then attended rival high schools and even lived in neighboring towns on the Maine coast before working together at Dow’s Sleep Center in tiny Waldoboro and uncovering their relationship.
“This kid could have been anywhere in the world, and here I am riding in a Dow furniture truck with him,” Joubert said in a telephone interview Monday.
Joubert’s adoptive mother, Jacqueline Joubert, of Grand Island, Fla., said she and her late husband raised him with four sisters. She said he knew from a young age he was adopted and she wasn’t surprised he would try to find his biological siblings when he grew up.
“But when he said he was driving a furniture truck with him, that really surprised me,” she said. “I think it’s great.”