24 December 2012


That smiling man sitting in the middle is my grandfather sometime (we believe) in either late 1942 or early 1943 before he left for the Pacific Islands. He was 22 years old. On Friday morning, I received the call. My grandfather had passed away at 92 years old.

For years his health was up and down, but you can never truly prepare yourself for the loss of a family member.

 It's hard losing someone you love, especially right before Christmas. I am grateful that he lived a long life and that he went peacefully in his sleep, just like he would have wanted. I am also grateful that the family will all be together this week to remember our much loved Pop-pop.

I also just want to say thank you to everyone for you prayers, love, and support. It really truly means so much to me and my entire family.



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  2. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your grandfather seems like a wonderful man. Thinking of you and your family. <3

  3. Keeping you and your family in my prayer's!


  4. Oh Alyssa, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandpa. I lost my grandma on December 23rd and it is very hard during the holidays! I used to call my grandpa Pop Pop when I was little too. May he rest peacefully

  5. Sympathy to you and your family. He looks like he was a great guy. *hugs*

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. He looks like a precious man. :) I'll definitely be praying for you and your family.

  7. Oh gosh what a terrible thing before Christmas. I'm so sorry - grandparents are such a blessing. Our prayers are with you during this time.


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