Grandpa Joe

My grandfather died today, after a six month struggle following a stroke — a struggle which, more often than not, he seemed to be winning.

I could write a lot here (and in fact I started to) about what happened, and why, and what it meant not only for him but in the greater scheme of things. Maybe I’ll do that later.

Right now, I just want to say that he was my hero, and the man more than any other I try to emulate. He was an eternal optimist, a model of how to behave and how to treat other human beings even when you were in a position of relative strength, and how to gracefully appreciate your blessings, and share them with others.

He left the world in better shape than he found it, and spread joy along the way.

3 thoughts on “Grandpa Joe

  1. All the best to you and your family Jon. That was a touching message – it seems he will be missed terribly.


  2. I’m so sorry about your Grandfather. I am also envious that you go to live so much of your life with him. I’m always envious of people who got to do this.

    Based on how great my dad is, I can only imagine how wonderful it would have been to have known my grandfather as an adult rather than just a child.


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