Goodbye Grandad

Posted By on Apr 7, 2010 | 12 comments

I got the call yesterday morning to say you’d passed away. I was heartbroken because I hadn’t made time this past weekend to visit with you. I am truly sorry that I didn’t get to see you and chat with you one more time.

I had to send Aunty Fi a message today for the obituary column in the newspaper, and it was so difficult… I didn’t know where to start or what to say, as all my words and sentences didn’t seem to do you and your amazing life justice.

You lived a good and happy life, but it was time to join Granny in heaven.

I will remember all the times when you handed me your comb so you could get your hair done. And how promptly you fell asleep as soon as the comb touched your head. I’ll remember the times in Witbank when I’d fill a syringe with water and style your hair into a mohican, or a side path, or whatever took my fancy. I will remember the funny stories you used to tell us of “William Te Hell”, “Christopher Columbumbus” and “Red Hooding Ride”. I will remember all the funny jokes as well.

But mostly I will remember you with this photo taken when I was much smaller…

Goodbye Grandad! Say hi to Granny for me and give her a big hug and kiss!

P.S. Your funeral is next week Tuesday, please send me lots of strength…


  1. That’s a lovely photo! 🙂
    I’m sorry for ur loss ((huggs))

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  2. Massive hugs my darling Jess. It’s awfully hard to say goodbye to a Grandparent.
    I had this read at my Granny’s funeral:

    I read of a man who stood to speak
    At the funeral of a friend.
    He referred to the dates on her tombsone
    From the beginning…to the end.

    He noted that first came her date of birth
    And spoke the following date with tears,
    But he said what mattered most of all
    Was the dash between those years. [eg 1952 – [dash] 2010]

    For that dash represents all the time
    That she spent alive on earth..
    And now only those who loved her
    Know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not, how much we own;
    The cars…the house…the cash.
    What matters most is how we live and love
    And how we spend our dash.

    It helped me to know, even though she was gone, her “dash” was everything she wanted.


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  3. gosh, i’m sorry. it’s so hard to lose a grandparent. i still miss my granny every single day. keep it strong for tuesday. xxx

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  4. Many hugs!! I’ll be thinking of you on Tuesday when you say your goodbyes!

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  5. I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. May your fond memories help you thru this sad time. I will be thinking of you and your family on Tuesday, sending you a huge big hug.

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  6. Many hugs Jess 🙁 Love the tribute to him
    Hope it goes well this week.

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  7. I am truly sad for your loss – he seem to have been a stellar grandfather. I pray a mass of strength for you for tomorrow. Love to you!

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  8. Have been thinking of you so much today hun…*hugs*

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  9. It’s so hard to lose those we love, but at least you will always have everything he taught you and you can pass that on to your children. Their lives will be richer for what he gave you.

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