Saturday, June 7, 2014

My Grandfather

We said goodbye to my grandfather yesterday. He was a member of the Greatest Generation in every sense of the word. A veteran of World War II, a patriot who once moved out of a condo because they wouldn't let him fly an American flag. A mechanical engineer who worked for Standard Oil. My loyal grandmother, his wife for sixty-six years was by his side, as well as his youngest daughter, my aunt.

He loved his family and had four great kids. My sister and I had such fun visiting them at their house in Cape Cod. We loved the hammock in the back yard and the trail through the woods to the elementary school playground, having lunch together at the beach (he always had a PB&J), and going on adventures like whale watches and hikes with friends from the senior center. He and my grandma always planned a fun itinerary for our visits. We spent my grandparents' fiftieth wedding anniversary at Disney with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He had a beautiful garden behind the house that he took meticulous care of. He loved oatmeal for breakfast and oatmeal-raisin cookies anytime. We named James after him (when my grandma told him that he told her "I like to be called Jim." Ha! I've called James "Jim" a couple of times but it hasn't stuck!).

We are so sad to say goodbye, but happy that he is finally free from his bed. He will be dearly missed by many people.


With two year-old Charlie and baby Wes

9 comments:

LL said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Becca. This was a lovely tribute- I love the Cape Cod hammock and PBJs on the beach. What beautiful memories you have with him!

Sarah said...

I am so sorry to hear this! What a lovely post.

Brooke said...

I'm sorry about your grandpa. So glad you have so many wonderful memories of him, and that you were able to honor him by naming James after him. Thinking of you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Oh I wish I had seen this last night when we were chatting! So sorry for your loss. -A

Steph said...

Sorry for your loss, and so glad you have such great memories of him.

A. said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Becca - what a sweet tribute to him.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you.
C and H

Bridget McCarthy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Becca. He sounds like a lovely man.

Alyssa said...

I am so sorry - what a wonderful way to remember him. Many thoughts to you and your family.