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Posted: 10/16/2004 8:34:51 PM EDT
Last night my Grandpa (paternal) passed away. His was a real "grapes of wrath" experience. Migrating from Oklahoma to California during the depression, he settled in San Francisco. There he became an electrician and settled down to have a family. During WWII he helped build the warships for our men to sail on.

About 7 years ago he became afflicted with demensia, which rapidly took his independence, and later his dignity, from him. At last he is mercifully free from the demensia that punished his mind and the physical pains that punished his aging body (fused spinal discs, arthritis, kidney problems, and broken hips).

He is survived by his wife, five children, over 25 grandchildren, and at least 30 great grandchildren.

I spent many of my teenage years going to his house to tend to the yard, and will always remember him as a jovial man who spoke ill of few people (but boy did he have strong words for those few). He never gave up his Oklahoma roots and I never saw him without his cowboy boots on.

Goodby Grandpa, I'll miss you.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 8:35:31 PM EDT

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Link Posted: 10/16/2004 8:37:43 PM EDT
Looks like he still lives...in all those lives he created.

Link Posted: 10/16/2004 8:38:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 8:39:52 PM EDT
May Grandpa rest in peace.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 8:39:58 PM EDT
I'm sorry to hear that news, Shane.

Memories live on forever...
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 8:42:31 PM EDT
Thank you all for the kind replies. I know I'll see Grandpa again. I'll have to wait until my mortal time is up, but we all get there someday. When I do see him I'll be sure to bring up guns.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 8:46:03 PM EDT
Sorry to hear of your loss. Be happy that your grandfather was able to create future generations of your family. Always remember the good times as they will bring a smile to your face until you, too leave this earth.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 9:00:15 PM EDT
It sounds like he had a good life -- hard, but good. Sympathies to you and your family; take comfort in each other and in his legacy.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 9:03:50 PM EDT
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My gramps is 79 and I hope he lives a 100 more years, I will miss him greatly when he goes. But it is easier knowing he has fullfilled his life with many great things and did has not lived a short one.
Link Posted: 10/16/2004 9:04:55 PM EDT
Sorry to hear that, man. I lost both my Grandpa's while I was stationed overseas back in the mid 80's. Matter of fact, lost both Grandpa's and my favorite dog all within a month. What a bitch that was.

Anyway, sorry to hear of your loss.

Link Posted: 10/16/2004 9:22:09 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss.

I lost my Grandpa in June. I still break up once in a while...

I always remember that he is watching over me and I try every day to make him proud.

Link Posted: 10/16/2004 9:32:39 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss. This won't easy be for me, so I can only imagine.
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