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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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This sucks.

Howdy mates.

I'll have to whine a bit now.. Sorry.

I just received a call from my sister, which told me that my grandpa is likely to die tonight. Yesterday I was just thinking that I'm going to visit him next week, as he's nearly 90 years old and his health is getting worse. Oh well, tomorrow I'm going to visit him anyway and I hope he's still alive to say goodbyes.

My grandpa has fought in two wars as a sniper, rebuild finland after wars amongst with other veterans, married woman he's still with, raised seven kids in very poor conditions and I never heard complain about anything in life.. He was full of life, fun guy to be with, he told quite a bit stories from his childhood, wars and about life decades before I (or my father) was even born.. And now he's going away. Damn...
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 04:04 PM
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Just remember him for all that he was.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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That's for sure.. Oh well, everyone will die someday..
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 06:04 PM
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This may not console you and I say this with just reading what you wrote, but one way to look at it is that atleast he lived to be nearly ninety, lived his life with the love of his life, bore many children that had grandchildren that love him, and lived his life defending a country that he cant ask for much more than that out of life.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 07:35 PM
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sorry man, it does suck big time. similar happened to me except i never had the chance to say goodbye. i was very close with my grandfather. he was in the hospital doing alright, as he was sick for the last few years in and out of the hospital. he was home and we got home from being out of town. we were going to visit him but being so tired, we said...we'll go tomorrow....and tomorrow never came. i was very upset over this. i stayed next to him bedside for a long time, talking to him, after he was gone. he inspired me in so many things. he also was in 2 wars and had his own construction co.... 2 employees, which is how he supported everyone. he was a phenominal singer as well...dean martin like.... one of his best friends was buddy rich....i know some of you guys know him. my grandfather was awesome and i still miss him. unfortunately, such is life. go be with him.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the support mates. He has most certainly lived a long and good life, and he saw more life than our generation will ever be likely to see today.

The great thing about life is that even when someone close goes away, the memories will stay.
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