Monday, December 17, 2012

A Good Life

This is my daughters' Grandpa (my former father-in-law), Itch, or Grandpa Itch as his many grand and great-grandchildren call him. He lived to the grand old age of 89 and passed from this world Sunday night December 16th, just 6 months short of his 90th birthday.

 
The nickname Itch actually came from a dog he had named Itch...not sure how that all played out but it stuck and that is how I have known him for the past 35 years.
 
His lovely wife Peg and I share the same birthday and I have always loved that special bond we have.  

He lived a good life. He touched many people with his constant smile and way of making you feel welcome. When the cancer was found he chose not to have chemotherapy and to go into hospice at home. With seven sons and one daughter, almost all with a spouse and a couple kids, his family is huge and he was the center of it. They were all drawn back home to be with him at this time in his life and they all wanted to be there.

My daughters Candice and Jena have had a wonderful example of a Grandpa in their lives and I am so thankful for that. Although their children, Cassidy, 7 and Chloe, 16 months, may not remember Great-Grandpa Itch, he was always at their birthday parties, having traveled almost 2 hours to be there.

His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren traveled from Kentucky and Macedon and Palmyra and other towns in NY to be there with him and their Mom/Grandma these past couple weeks. The house was full all the time. They cooked and there was lots of food dropped off by family and friends. They kept busy installing a new shower in the bathroom to make it easier for him to get in and out of. They stayed as long as needed and now they will stay a little longer to say their goodbyes.

He was a tough old bird. His last rites were read to him almost two weeks ago in the hospital and he held on, not ready to leave yet, as he would say, some thinking he wanted to see as much of his family again before he left this earth.

I think he got his wish.

Rest in peace, Itch. We will miss you.


AnnMarie



 

8 comments :

  1. I'm sorry for your loss. You've written a lovely tribute.

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  2. Beautiful tribute, AnnMarie. He sounds wonderful... the kind of person we should endeavor to be like. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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  3. Oh mom this is sooo sweet. Thank you so much for dedicating your blog to one of the greatest man ive ever known. He was loved and still is by everyone. And you know you were one of his favorites :)

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  4. Precious! Thanks for explaining the name and for sharing a bit about this dear man. I can sense your love for him.

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  5. This is so beautifully written! What a wonderful piece. He sounds like he was an amazing man who touched a lot of lives :)

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  6. He sounds like a blessed man, with a great supportive family. I know you all will miss him.

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