Dear friends, thank you all for your support, love and prayers in the past few days (and few weeks) for my Grandpa.
He passed away on Tuesday October 6, 2015, and while there are no words to explain how much I already miss him, I am grateful that God has given him peace and taken his soul to heaven.
Grandpa was a firecracker and those of you who were lucky enough to know him can attest to that. He always had a joke to tell or a toast to make and was loved by everyone he met. He was also the most kind man, generous beyond reason, stubborn as all hell and loyal to his friends and family.
I was so so blessed to have a wonderful and close relationship with him. My brother Kevin and I grew up with Grandpa and loved our time with him. From hockey and baseball games to musicals Grandpa spoiled us rotten and brought us so much joy.
Last Thursday we celebrated his life with a small service in Fairfax. The room was full of family and friends who loved my Grandpa dearly. And though there were many tears shed, there was so much laughter too… which is what he would have wanted. He will be buried in New York where he will join my Grandma in eternal rest and I am grateful that my family will have time to gather together again later this month to celebrate him again.
Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers. They have meant so much to me.
Thank you also to Lindsey for this picture and so many others with Grandpa at my wedding. I treasure these as he was my confidant during the stresses of wedding planning and such a big part of the day itself.
Though we thought about canceling, Josh is taking me on a birthday trip this week to a surprise location. It comes at a strange time for us but I know that Grandpa would insist on me going and I plan to spend the week away from normalcy celebrating and honoring him. We intend for it to be wonderful, just as all of our memories are with him.
My Grandpa lived a life full of love and laughter. He worked hard and spent his time with those he loved. I hope and pray that I may be able to do the same in my life and that I may be as lucky and have 88 (almost 89) wonderful years surrounded by friends and family.