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In Memory of a Great Man – Papa D

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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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  1. January 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm —

    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.

  2. January 10, 2009 at 2:43 pm —

    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.

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

    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

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

    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.

  5. January 14, 2009 at 10:14 am —

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

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In Memory of a Great Man – Papa D