Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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I received the phone call yesterday morning that I had been expecting for the past few weeks. My grandfather, known as "Pop" to us, had passed away during the night. He was 89.

I used to stay with my Pop during the school holidays. He would take me to museums and on train rides into the city. I enjoyed those stays, and would spend my spare time reading from his library.

Pop was the most organized person I knew. He loved books, crosswords and the morning paper. In later years he connected to the internet. He never really stopped learning.

He saw and travelled so much over the course of his life.

My entire life I have received a birthday card in the mail, always a day or two early. In recent years, so have my kids.  He never missed a single birthday, even when he was in hospital last year. I'm going to miss those cards.


I'm going to miss him.

Rest in peace, Pop.

44 comments:

Tracey said...

I'm so sorry Tania. Your grandfather sounds like a wonderful man and I know you will miss him. Many hugs to you and your family.

Bianca (ivylovesjack) said...

He sounds like such an amazing and special man xxxx

Bungalowgirl said...

What an inspiring and wonderful man who will be much missed. Both my grandfathers died when I was too small to know them and it is a connection I very much miss having. You are so fortunate to have these wonderful memories. melx

Little Mama said...

So sorry for your loss. It's lovely that you have so many beautiful memories of your pop though so hold onto those. I'm sure he was as proud of you as you were of him.

Tammi said...

Sending big hugs your way Tania...your Pop sounds like an amazing man and it's wonderful that you have so many fond memories to hold onto.
Xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I'm so sorry...I'm sure your Beloved Grandfather is with you in Spirit...Hugs to you xoxo

simone17 said...

That is sad Tania. I am just glad he could pass on in his sleep peacefully. May he rest in peace.

Be kind to yourself today.

zigsma said...

Condolences Tania. He sounds like a wonderful gentleman. x

Shelley said...

I'm so sorry Tania, deepest condolences to you and your family xx

Anonymous said...

Blessings and Love to you and your family,he sounded like a wonderful Pop:)
Carleene

rhonda jean said...

You can't go far wrong with books, crosswords and the morning paper. I'm sending you love and hugs today, Tania. xx

Catherine said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Pop's passing. He sounds like a wonderful man who has left fond you with fond memories him. Take care. Hugs Catherine xx

sascedar said...

big, warm hugs. your words are a lovely tribute. x

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

*hugs* - grandfathers are special. i lost my grandfather a few years ago, and i still get pangs of grief at how much i miss him...and the really simple things he would say or do. xx

Greer said...

Such a beautiful tribute. And would you look at those short pants and braces! Quite a dapper young man. I'm sure you'll miss him a lot xxx

Greer said...

Such a beautiful tribute. And would you look at those short pants and braces! Quite a dapper young man. I'm sure you'll miss him a lot xxx

michelle said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Michelle.

Kate said...

Sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man, I'm sure your life is all the richer for knowing him. xx

Hazel said...

Oh Tania, I'm so sorry to hear that your Pop has passed away. He sounds like a lovely man, and your are lucky to have so many happy memories of your time together. But it is hard to lose someone so loved. xx

Jess B said...

I'm sorry for your loss. There is never a good time to lose someone we love, even when we know it's coming. I pray that you can find peace at this time. How wonderful to have so many lovely memories together. xxx

purplepear said...

So sorry for your loss Tania, but oh what sweet memories you have of your Pop.

Tania @ Out Back said...

So sorry to hear about your Pop Tania :(

Love and best wishes to you and your family xx

Ngo Family Farm said...

So very sorry to hear about your Pop. It sounds like he lived a full and loving life. May his spirit always be with you and your family.
Take good care,
Jaime

Sarah @ Gladys in the Garden.blogspot.com said...

I'm sorry to hear about your pop. He sounded like a lovely man. I always love when a grandfather has the joy in being a great-grandfather.
Take care.

Christina Lowry said...

My condolences Tania. No matter how long and how rich a life, nothing eases the pain of their passing. Take care. xx

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your and your family's loss. He sounds like a wonderful, warmhearted and loving man.

Fine

humble habit said...

He sounds very special, a treasure that will live in your heart always. My condolences to you and your family. xx

Anke said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My grandmother just passed away this February and I miss her very much . I am grateful for lots of wonderful memories and I hope having the same will help you heal.

Becky said...

((((HUGS))))) I know what you are saying... I wish every day that I could just call my Grandma. Some people are just meant to live with-in us for all our lives and he will be with you always. Such wonderful memories to cherish.

Remaliah said...

I'm sorry to hear of his passing away. He sounds like he was a wonderful, fascinating man with a very thoughtful heart. Real cards in the post are so special. I pray for comfort as you celebrate his life but miss his presence so much now.

Kim H said...

What a sad, sad time for you, Tania. Your Pop sounds like a grogeous man who loved his grand daughter very much. May the memories of him live on always ((((hugs)))

green tea and red nails said...

so sorry to hear this Tania. It is always so hard when grandparents pass away. He does sound like an amazing man who really loved his family.

sending you lots of love
Kel x

Bee Girl said...

I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in his peace.

Allana said...

So sorry for your loss Tanya. How lovely to have such wonderful memories to carry with you. xx

Anonymous said...

Tania, I was sorry to read of the passing of your pop, hold on to those happy memories and remember pop will always be in your heart xx brenda

BLD in MT said...

So sorry for your sorrow, Tania. My thoughts are with you. What a blessing to have had such a man in your life and in the lives of your children. I know you will all cherish those memories.

The Teaching Of Thom said...

My Pop passed 4 years ago and I miss him dearly. It's hard to think of Nan without Pop. Whenever I go to ring Nan and look up here number, there in my address book says "Nan and Pop". The two just go to together, one doesn't go without the other. Pop was the one man that was constant throughout my life. I still miss him, miss him everyday x

dixiebelle said...

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Pop. What an awesome person he must have been!

Jode said...

I only just saw this post Tania...so sorry for the huge loss to your family...he sounds like such a special man and part of your life...many hugs to you xxx

Nicole Sanders said...

Very sorry Tania to her about your Pop, he sounded like an amazing man who will be well missed. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
Nx

Christine said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, Tania. He sounds like a very special person and one who's memory will be treasured. Hugs to you. xxooxx

Hill upon Hill said...

Oh I am sorry. What a person to miss.

Megan.K. said...

What a sweeheart your pop sounds like.
Our nans and pops are so important in our lives.
So sorry for your loss, Tania.
x

tea with hazel said...

thinking of you..jane