My grandfather on my father’s side of the family passed away today.
He has been very sick for a long time with Parkinson’s disease and his condition rapidly deteriorated after a major heart attack last week so this was not unexpected, but it is still very sad. Tomorrow would have been he and my grandma’s 58th wedding anniversary.
I didn’t know Papa that well, but the memories I do have are good ones. Getting “schtubled” at holidays as a kid, visiting his house on the Puget Sound and playing in the woods, and his big laugh, smile and ready jokes are running through my mind. I am sad he’s gone.
I will be driving over to Phoenix from Los Angeles this week for the funeral once arrangements are made.
Rest in peace, Papa.