He walked out on his wife and child the day mankind first walked on the moon.
Considering the circumstances and the time, the two women had a decent enough life. The community rallied around them, they didn’t live like Queens but they survived.
When the daughter turned 21, he sent a letter, asking if she wanted to meet.
The reply came back ‘return to sender’, and she assumed it had been a sick joke.
She didn’t bother to investigate, and thus never found out he had been evicted.
At least, not until she received his diaries once he’d passed away.