Monday, January 16, 2012
Sad Sad Day
Today heaven took an angel home. My grandpa passed away today. He is an amazing man, I can't say was because he is an amazing man. He lived a very long life, he would have turned 99 next month and he never let a moment pass him by. He drove up until last year, he water skied until he was well in his 60's. He danced at the senior center every chance he got and was always trying to find me a "new grandma". He outlived 3 wives and once he decided he was a burden to his 4th, he left her to come home and spend the rest of his days with him family. He had things he wanted to do before he went, he wanted to go back to Yellowstone, he wanted to fly fish on the wind river, and my uncle and his wife made sure he was able to do all of these things. My grandpa was a really neat man, he and his 2nd wife (the only grandma I remember) used to pack up the motorhome with used clothing and bikes, toys and housewares and drive deep into Mexico and donate them to an orphanage or whoever needed them. One day he and Gramma woke up and had a craving for Lobster so the next day they were on the way to Maine. One of my favorite memories of him is Chiclets gum, he always had a shirt pocket full of Chiclets for us kids. He was kind and gentle and a great explorer. He taught me so much in my life. He will be missed very much but I'm so glad he is in a place where he can no longer feel the effects of old age on his body. I'm sure he's in heaven with all his friends and family sitting back enjoying a cold one and talking about fishing and camping.