In Memory of a Great Man – Papa D

In Memory of a Great Man – Papa D

This post is in memory of my Papa D.  He was my husband’s grandfather (and made me feel like he was mine too).  Papa D had a severe stroke Monday and passed away last night at 93 years of age. 

He will be missed.  His smile.  His warm hugs.  His laughter and zest for life. 

We will miss him so much.  I hope we can carry on many of his traditions and rituals.  He always gave my twins (his great granddaughters)  dum dum lollipops whenever we would see him.  He loved dessert and was known to finish off the remains of the gallon tubs of ice cream at family gatherings.  He never would let you say goodbye without a big hug and kiss and a squeeze of the hands.  He was filled with so much knowledge, love and passion.

I am so thankful that my girls are old enough that they will always remember him and how special he was in their lives.  Family is so valuable.  Traditions are so important.  Remember to make memories every day.

Remember as a photographer to document life around you.

Here is my Grandpa, known to all as “Papa D.”  May his life guide all of us…

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25 Comments

  1. January 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    Your post is a great reminder for all of us to cherish the time we have with each other because we never know how long that may be. I am sorry for your loss but it sounds like you have some wonderful memories to cherish for many years to come. Thanks for sharing your heart with us:-) God bless.

  2. January 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    Jodi- So sorry for your loss. I think it is fantastic your girls will have memories of him!

  3. Lauren
    January 9, 2009 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    I miss him already. Thank you for posting.

  4. January 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    What touching, meaningful sentiments, Jodi . . . beautifully expressed.

    Your family certainly has experienced a whirlwind few weeks — a chance for multiple generations to celebrate lifetime vows and now to reflect on a long, enriching lifespan. Making memories, indeed.

    Enduring lessons are being absorbed your girls — and others — about cycles, family and strength. How very fortunate indeed they are to have hugged, kissed and loved a great-grandfather — a gift not all of us enjoyed.

    Heartfelt condolences to you and your household, Jodi.

  5. January 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful photograph and tribute. May you find peace and solace in your wonderful memories.

  6. Maureen Leary
    January 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    God Speed Papa D…you will be missed for you were loved!
    Many heartfelt condolences,
    Maureen

  7. January 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss Jodi. You and your girls were very blessed to know him and I am so happy you will have those memories to remember him by.

  8. January 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I always think that no one loves us like our grandparents do. It’s such a special relationship. I’m glad your girls are old enough to remember him.

  9. January 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm — Reply

    Lovely post Jodi, I’m sorry for your lost but he seems like he had a wonderful life filled with great family!!

  10. January 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    So sorry for your loss. It IS a blessing your girls will have wonderful memories of him. Both of my grandfathers passed before I was born and I always wish I had my own memories of a grandfather.

    Blessings to you all in this sad time.

  11. Jack Sugrue
    January 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm — Reply

    Jodi – Sorry for your loss. I have said a prayer for him and for your family. What a great picture – between it and your tribute, you have captured his spirit perfectly.

  12. Lori S.
    January 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss Jodi. Your family will be in my prayers.

  13. JoAnne Bacon
    January 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    So sorry for your loss Jodi.

  14. Laurie
    January 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm — Reply

    Jodi, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish I had more pictures of my grandfather. Sadly my boys never got to meet him. I’m sure your girls will smile fondly and always think of him everytime they see a dum dum lollipop. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  15. January 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm — Reply

    I am so sorry to hear that he is gone. But I am glad that your family got to enjoy him and he lived to be 93. My prayers are for your family.

  16. January 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm — Reply

    Sorry for your family’s loss Jodi. This post is a beautiful tribute to him!

  17. January 10, 2009 at 8:34 am — Reply

    Oh Jodi….I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. What a beautiful picture you took of him too, it will be one you can hold onto forever, just like you said!

  18. Pam Davis
    January 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm — Reply

    Sorry for the loss of a beloved member of your family. What a wonder image you captured what appears to be a man that lived and enjoyed life and his family. Pam

  19. Laraine Davis
    January 10, 2009 at 10:07 am — Reply

    What a wonderful tribute to your grandfather. I love the photo and the story of how he touched your lives. Blessings to your family.

  20. January 10, 2009 at 10:38 am — Reply

    Jodi, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. It is wonderful that your girls got to know him and love him. I know he will be missed.

  21. January 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    Sorry to hear this story and sorry for your loss- yet is is an inspiring to know how happy he made his family feel and how much he touched your life. I love the photo – the way his eyes sparkle with happiness and experience. My parents are older and dealing with illnesses and I worry what will happen to our family when they are gone. I have 3 brothers and I pray that we can keep the traditions going.
    Darlene

  22. January 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm — Reply

    So sorry to hear of your loss but so glad for the legacy he will leave. My boys (age 17 & 20) had one set of great grandparents until last year when Grandpa passed away. They were very close to him and they still have their Great Grandma (age 89) and I tell them how fortunate they are to have a relationship their great grand parents. Alot of people don’t get a chance to know their great grandparents.

  23. Nancy
    January 13, 2009 at 12:47 am — Reply

    Jodi, thank you for sharing a glimpse of this very special man with us! It is so sad to see such special people go. Since I lost my mother-in-law over Christmas my mind can’t stop thinking about what a full life she had, and what a huge person she was to so many people – I am sure it is the same with your Grandpa. But what a gift they are to the people who have known and loved them, even after they pass on…! Sincerely, Nancy

  24. Peggy Arbeene
    January 13, 2009 at 11:35 pm — Reply

    I am sorry for your family’s loss. Your kind and loving words are full of wisdom and a gentle reminder of what is truly important.

  25. January 14, 2009 at 10:14 am — Reply

    Im so very sorry for your loss… what a sweet memorial you’ve posted here

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