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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Grandfather

On Saturday my grandfather, or as we all called him, Pepere, passed away. He just turned 84 on Apr 29th. He led a long and full life. His first wife, my Memere, passed away too early in 1981. Ten years later Pepere remarried a wonderful lady - Louise.

When I was 14 my dad received orders to Germany, and thus began many years of correspondence with my Pepere as we sent letters and cards back and forth. I treasure those writings from him now.

When I was living in CO I flew to CT to surprise him for his birthday. At that time it was thought that he wouldn't have many more birthdays. That was in 1998. Pepere lived with the affects of 2 strokes, Parkinson's disease and other ailments/medical issues that cropped up over the last few years.

These pictures are from 2004. We had plans to visit my family in CT and unfortunately, Louise passed away just a month before.

Still, my Pepere hung in there. He waited around to see his beloved Boston Red Sox win the World Series in 2004, and again in 2007. It seemed like you would usually see him in a US Navy hat (he served in England during WWII) or a Red Sox hat or shirt. If the Sox were playing they were either on the TV or radio (or both!)

That's why I'm so fanatical about the Red Sox and why I love being a fan. It's my birthright; it's in my blood :) and of course I have to do right and raise another generation of Sox fans.


Rest in peace, Pepere. You were much loved by your family and friends and will be missed.

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14 comments:

stephanie said...

So sorry for the loss of your Grandfather,Michelle.

So glad he got to to see the Sox win, not once but twice!

Maybe he can bring them so luck this year!!! (we're fans too)

Yuo and your family will be in our prayers

G-Zell said...

So sorry for your loss.

Becca said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Michelle. Thinking of you and your family today...

Mom24 said...

What a beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Amy L said...

I'm so sorry Michelle. Grandpas are just so special, I'm sure you are missing him greatly.
Amy

Junior said...

So sorry to hear about your loss, hugs and prayers

Corey~living and loving said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you had a very special relationship. ♥

starrlife said...

Michelle- I had a Memere and Pepere too! I didn't know that you had some Canadian blood? I am so sorry to hear about your beloved grandfather. What a trooper he was eh? And how lucky the kids were to have a great grand-pepere! Hugs to all.

Bailey's Leaf said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. :(

Erin said...

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

Jeanette said...

So sorry for your loss.

Kristi said...

So sorry for your loss..

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is a wonderful tribute to him. He will be missed, this world will have a loss of such a hero as he was. I can see the love in the pics.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I'm so sorry Michelle. I lost my grandfather last Fall and it still hurts so much! :(