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So Long

January 4th, 2017

Yesterday my grandpa passed away. He was a nature lover, an outdoorsman, a hunter, a fisherman, a lover of trees, and a gardener. I remember many trips into the woods with him teaching us how to identify trees by their bark and their leaves. I remember him peeling apples with his pocket knife after plucking them from the tree. Of course this was the same pocket knife he used to clean fish, simply wiping in on his sock before putting it back in his pocket.
He’s been in declining health for quite a while. It’s sad for him to be gone, but we’re thankful he’s once again able to wander through the trees doing what he loves.

10 Comments to “So Long”
  1. Marina on January 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

    How fortunate you are to have received all that love and knowledge from him!
    He will be with you always as you do the things he loved to do, garden, walk in your woods, visit gardens, travel, and share your passions, as he clearly did.

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  2. Brenda on January 4, 2017 at 6:13 am

    What a lovely looking man.
    How lucky you where to have him in your life for so long.
    How sad that he is gone.

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  3. Emily on January 4, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Grandparents are such special people. I lost my grandfather last year. I miss him, but have such good memories of our time. I pray your sweet memories will be a comfort.

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  4. Nebraska Dave on January 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Susy, being the oldest in my generation, I knew not only my grandparents but my great grandparents as well. I have considered that truly a blessing. I only wish I had asked them more about their life but being only a lad of 12 when the last one passed, it wasn’t a high priority. We did visit them almost weekly and one great grandmother I stayed weekends with during my church confirmation training. I have a rich heritage from grandparents. You have that too. Being much older than you, I can tell you from experience the sadness in your heart right now will eventually turn to smiles when you think of them. Grandparents are special people that stay in your memories all the rest of your life.

    My condolences to you and your family.

    Nebraska Dave

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  5. Misti on January 4, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Aww, I’m sorry. :( *hugs* to you and your family.

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  6. Chris on January 4, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Your grandfather looked like a true gentleman. So kind and good. I loved that he wore sweater vests with ties to match. :) But most of all that he loved his family and was a nature lover. I know you will miss him very much. My condolences to you and your family. Hold on to those dear memories.

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  7. Jill on January 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    So sorry, Susy. But glad you have those precious memories. Jill

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  8. Robin on January 5, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I’m sorry for your very big loss. Grandparents have a special place in life and I’m sure always a special place with you in the woods and gardens.

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  9. bonnie knox on January 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Condolences to you, Susy. May you find comfort in the memories of love and the legacy of knowledge he left you.

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  10. Kristen on January 9, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. The pictures of him with the children (great-granddaughters?) are precious. From your comments and those photos I am sure there are many great stories to remember him by.

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