Wednesday, June 18, 2008

WW -- Good bye Papa Irving



Jason's grandfather passed away last week. He would have been 98 on the 16th. It was a blessing, he was ready to go, had been ready for awhile. He'll be able to be with his wife who passed 6 years ago. He was a quiet, studious and observant man with a quiet humor. He brought forth a family of two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He will be missed.

12 comments:

ganelle said...

Love the old pictures. Sorry for the loss, but I get the time to go idea. Diamond's grandma is 100, and she is so ready to just be with her husband and parents again...

Martha said...

The happiest funeral I ever went to was for my grandmother who died at age ?95. Sure, it was rough leaving my family on Christmas Day to make it in time for her funeral the next day. But, Grandma got two wishes that year: one to head home and two to have all her kids/grandkids gather for one final "Christmas with Grandma!".

I can see a little bit of your boys (and your hubby) in the photos of Papa Irving as a young man. Amazing how family resemblances play out...

Heartfelt sympathies...because even if he was ready, we're not always ready to realize a generation is no longer with us.

anymommy said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I completely understand the time to go thing as well. I hope the service for him brings many happy memories.

tz said...

thanks guys!
Ganelle, 100 -- wow
martha -- what a great sentiment, all the family together for a last Christmas...I could be so lucky to go that way
anymommy..thank you...I think it's a universal understanding to see a person who is ready to go....no always easy for those of us who stay though.

Chief Rock Chef said...

I think he was a very lucky guy to have a great life and know that he was ready. That is the sort of life that you can celebrate as well as mourn.

After my grandfather's funeral we sat around for a couple of hours chatting about things he had gotten up to during his long life, including the rat story. We felt it was a fitting tribute to him, though there were a few there, who only knew him from church, that seemed shocked by some of the stories!

Hope it isn't too hard a time for you all.

Vanessa said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man and no doubt left you with many great memories.

Dodi said...

OK, am sobbing. I'm so very sorry for your loss - but I have to tell you that your sons def look like Papa Irving!!!

God Speed to him.

Aimee said...

Great tribute! Sorry for your loss.

tz said...

crc---I loved that rat story you told...it's fun to recount some of the more naughty stories of our elders' youths...at least I love it, it makes them more human...

vanessa...he was a very nice man, my husband hasn't shared many memories about him, but I haven't really been pressing him much about it...instead he's working ungodly hours, most likely he took that on so he wouldn't have to think about it...

dodi...i'm so sorry...i know that anything like this must bring up your mother and that is still so raw for you!

aimee...thank you

and yes, i think particularly isaac looks like him...the boys are a definate mix of both jason's and my family (and then jason and I look a lot a like...strangly we don't even share the same European ancestry)

addhumorandfaith said...

My sympathy. But, don't dwell on the fact that he died, but instead on all your great memories of how he lived!

Scott said...

I am sorry for your loss. It is shocking how much he looked like your sons in the young picture!

Daddy Forever said...

I'm sorry grandpa passed away. The grandparents look like a happy couple. He lived a long life. My grandma died when she was around 75 and I didn't meet my other grandparents.