Friday, June 3, 2016

Saying Goodbye is so hard


We said goodbye to grandpa Lenard last week.  He passed away on May 19th.  My dad called to let me know on Wednesday that he had taken a turn for the worse and we needed to get to the hospital.   He lived 2 hours away. I left school immediately and headed down to the hospital.  He was moved into ICU and the plan was to move to hospice but it was determined that he would pass before we could make the move.   He was surrounded by his family when he passed.

He was 89 years old and a WWII veteran.  He was very proud of his military service. He was a barber for 40 plus years and even had a shop set up in his garage after he retired.   If you notice in the picture above, he always wore his hat cockide.  He said that is how the important people wear their hats.  

                                  

We had military honors for him at his funeral.  The Navy sent two honor guards to play Taps and fold his flag that draped his coffin.  Military custom is the oldest child gets the flag. I asked my dad what he was going to do with it and he said..do you want it?  I think it would be better to go to the oldest grandchild.  So after the funeral he passed the flag to me. 

I do have stitching updates to show but those will have to be later...I am so glad the month of May is over.  I don't think I could handle any more loss this year.  


8 comments:

Heather said...

I'm so sorry for your loss he sounded like a good man. I love the cockeyed hat :). I only have one grandparent left and don't get to see her much. That's cool you got the flag.

lynda said...

My condolences to you an your family, Vickie. Your grandfather sounds like he was a wonderful man. Hold on to all the good memories. Hugs.

Terri said...

So sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers!

Keebles said...

I am sooo sorry for your loss Vickie. I only have one grandparent left myself, having lost all the others. All three of my grandfathers were vets as well and, although I don't go to funerals at all since my first grandfather's passing, the military funerals make such a sad occasion one of pride and respect.

Angela said...

It sounds like a fitting tribute for your Grandpa. So sorry for your loss.

Tiffstitch said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. He sounds like a wonderful Grandfather and will leave a big hole. I lost mine in 2001 and still miss him as well.

CalamityJr said...

I'm so sorry, Vickie. Our grandparents love us so fully and create some of our best memories. Hopefully those happy times will bring you comfort.

Rai Rai's Stitches said...

What a beautiful memorial to your granddad. Your granddad must have been very special for you to have loved him so much.

I'm truly sorry for your loss.