Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Pappy

My Pappy died today at 1:15pm. He's my father's father. A retired minister and WW2 veteran with a sharp wit and a big heart under a gruff exterior. He's the one who went blind from diabetes and would watch his giant plasma tv with his binoculars. He met my Nanny during the war over in Ireland and brought her home to the US. They've been in love ever since.
I was the first grandchild and he carried me around everywhere. I was born in Florida just outside of Orlando. We went to eat at Disney every Sunday after church. He'd carry me on his shoulders so I could see Cinderella's castle better. I sure did love him. Still do. I'm so glad Sara and I went down to see him last summer. I only wish he could have met my children- he was so supportive of the adoption.
He was 87 and will be missed.

20 comments:

Lisanne said...

Oh no ~ I am *so* sorry. He sounded like such an awesome person. (((hugs))) to you and your family.

Christina said...

I'm so sorry, Shanny. {{HUGS}}

Julie said...

Hugs and prayers for you!

Connie said...

My sympathies on the loss of your beloved Pappy.

Lisa said...

OMG, Why didn't you call me!!!!!!!!!

Dunn Family said...

So sorry to hear the news...lurker here...

Orodemniades said...

My condolences.

Michelle said...

I'm very sorry. It sucks so much when a loved one dies. Sorry to be so blunt. I miss my Mom every day.

M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Oh sweetie I'm so sorry! He sounds wonderful, and it sounds like you had a great relationship with him - something to treasure. Big hugs,
M3

the little one said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful treasure though, to have so many happy memories of times you shared with him. *hugs*

Jacquie said...

Aw, so very sorry.

jaj said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs to you and your family.

Andrea said...

So sorry to hear about your Pappy passing away. :(

Jessica said...

I very sorry Shannon.

Kendra said...

I'm just now getting to read this... I'm SO sorry about your Pappy. He sounds like the very best of grandfathers. Hugs to you and your family, and my sincere condolences.

Rachel said...

so sorry!

Donna said...

Shannon, He's in very good company. My step dad (my son called him Pappa) died in '98 and he was a WWII Vet too. He also was nearly blind (Macular Degeneration) and watched TV like your Pappy did. Also, like your Pappy, he was a good man and was married to "Nanny".

I'm sorry you'll miss the Memorial but I know Nanny will enjoy your company later.

Much love and sympathy,

Donna

Anonymous said...

So sorry about your Pappy! And I think it will be nice that you can go later and stay a little longer because she may certainly need the company at that time! You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Rhonda in Ohio

Headmeister said...

Shanny, I'm sooo sorry for your loss... he sounds like he was a fabulous individual, and someone I would have really liked to meet...

Thinking of you,
Heather

Margie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. Hope you are hanging in there!