I know you’ve all probably read this a million times before…but you are not promised tomorrow. I thought I had another twenty years with my Poppop. I expected him to be there as a great Poppop for my kids like my great grandfather had been there for me until he went home to be with God last year. I was awaiting the days my Poppop would teach my kids everything he taught me.
I completely took my time with him for granted. I never expected the phone call I received last night. It still doesn’t seem real. And I think it’s going to take a long time for me to process this loss.
He was such a strong man. An incredible worker. And never stopped working on his relationship with God and knowledge of the Bible. He was a strong leader of our family. And the best coffee roaster this world has ever seen.
He was stubborn and wise and his sense of humor was ridiculous but I loved it. All of his jokes were completely predictable and said over and over again so many times they’re all permanently engrained in my head.
My Poppop taught me some incredible things. If we ever go through another Y2K situation I’ll be the most prepared person in all of Bucks County and surrounding areas. He taught me to always do a job right the first time.
He taught my mom to be a hard worker. She is the strongest woman I know and I believe that is due to the countless hours working the farm and assisting my Poppop with plumbing jobs.
I can’t be certain but I’m pretty sure his love of his grand dogs may have been a little bigger than his love for us grandkids. And that’s totally okay because seeing his face light up around a dog was worth it. If there’s anything to come in 2nd place to I’m okay with it being a dog.
No one believed in my brother more than him. He loved Zack so much and was so proud of him. So proud of Zack getting valedictorian and then salutatorian in college. So proud of him getting a job at Mercedes. And I think that’s what I’m going to miss most of all. His genuine love and pride in my baby brother. The photo below is pretty old but it’s my favorite. Zack’s since grown a good half a foot.
And I will never forget the conversation we had about me finishing my degree. So Poppop in honor of you I can’t wait to go back to school and make you proud.
He loved my Mommom and supported her. He was her number one fan and best friend. Their partnership was full of love and respect.
Poppop, I miss you so much. I’m in agony and I’m so frustrated but I know I will see you again someday in Heaven. So until then keep Pop company with your jokes and witty conversation.
Please keep my Mommom, mom, aunt, and my family in your thoughts and prayers as we learn to navigate life without him.