Monday, 4 August 2008

Other posts put on hold

Today I got some very sad news, this wonderful man who has been in my life since the age of 4 pasted away in his sleep. After over 12 years of living with outsimers, he closed his eyes for the very last time and will sleep forever now at peace and without any pain or confusion.
The photos below are how I will remember him not the shell of the man he became with the illness. But the fun loving Grandad we all loved to sit and listen to. He had so many stories to tell.

In memory of Grandad Doug 30th Jan 1909 - 4th August 2008 x

Here with a very young Jade, she just idolized him and would jump on him or chase him around the garden with the hose when she was supposed to be watering the plants with him lol
Even right up until the end he always knew who Jade was and she would go to the nursing home with my Granny and help feed him his dinner and sing him songs.
Miss you Grandad, love you forever Jade x

This photo is my favourite even though he's suffering from the illness by now, you wouldn't know anything was wrong with him. He had his whistle round his neck for any emergencies and would blow it just for fun sometimes lol driving my poor Gran crazy as she'd drop what ever she was doing and come racing back in to find him laughing. hehe! "you cheeky old man" she'd say. He'd reply with a "what?" and give me a wink ;) and smile lol

I feel lucky to have had him in my life and am so pleased to have been able to show him Molly and Daisy as well. I'm not sure if he knew they where there but I got a big kiss and he said my name before we left. He always said I was once seen and never forgotten lol

I also thank him for all the wonderful years he spent with my devoted Gran, helping her through the loss of my real Grandad when I was just nearly 4. And being the Grandad to me that I'd just lost, not that he ever tried to replace him. It just felt right to call him Grandad. As I felt he loved me back like a Grand-daughter.

I'll miss you Grandad Doug but will find comfort in knowing your now at peace and not in any pain. And my thoughts now turn to my Gran who's devoted herself to you for years. Caring for you at home and then everyday back and forth to the nursing home. It will be hard to fill the huge hole you've left in her life but with the love and support of us all she'll get through.

Sleep peacefully Grandad, see you again one day. Love you x

Catherine x


Vicky said...

My thoughts are with you. You will have your memories of your wonderful Grandad which no-one can ever take away from you.

Vicky said...

My thoughts are with you. You will have your memories of your wonderful Grandad which no-one can ever take away from you.

Linen and Roses said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. It's so difficult to lose a Grandparent, but you will always have your lovely memories of him. My thoughts are with all of your family, especially your Gran. Sending you lots of love. x

julia said...

How sad Catherine, sorry to hear about your loss. Keep hold of those happy memories, he'll always be in your heart.
Julia x

Kelly McClorey said...

sending you a big hug at this sad time. what a lovely man your grandad was and so many lovely memories to cherish. xxx

Garden Girl said...

Oh sweetie-you brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes.
Thinking of you, your Jade and Gran at this sad time.

Loved the whistle story though!! Heehee!Its lovely to have memories like those, hold them tight xxx

Country Cottage Chic said...

I'm so sorry to read your sad news. It is so difficult but you do have lovely memories & he will live on in your heart.


Vintage Amethyst said...

Ahhh hunny, sorry to hear this sad news.
Sending you & your family lots of love.
Love Alison x

April said...

Oh sweetheart, so sorry to hear of your sad loss. You brought tears to my eyes remembering my own much missed Grandfather. Hold on to those special memories.

Thinking of you at this difficult time.

My prayers are with you and your family - especially your Gran.

Big Hugs,

Love April xx

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Im so sorry for your loss Catherine, he looked just how a grandad should look! You have some wonderful memories of him, take care....Claire x

Vanessa said...

My Nan has demenhia and she went into a home just before Christmas, she still recognises all of us but she is slowly drifting away. She still really makes us laugh as she is now like a child in her sense of humour!

Remember the good times with your Grandad, coz you'll always have them!

Thinking of you

Vanessa x

Leisa said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. It is so sad to lose Grandparents.
Alzheimers is such an awful disease - the grief process is so long as I always have felt the loss goes on for so long with the loss of their memory etc. Thinking of you and your girls.

prettyshabby said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandad, he must have had a fantastic and interesting life to get to that age...
It's a cruel disease and heartbreaking for anyone to watch someone they love go through..but like you say,he's at peace now. x

Anonymous said...

oh cathy, so sorry to hear your news, but he will be well remembered by you all.

Things Hand Made said...

Sending you best wishes. ( and hugs)

saraeden said...

My thoughts are with you all at this sad time and im sending you a big hug for you and your family .

If you need anything you know where i am honey !!

Sara x x x

Ragged Roses said...

So sorry to hear your news Catherine, Take care, thinking of you

Sal said...

I was so sad to read your news.
Thinking of you and your family.
Lots of love,Sal xx

Alison Boon said...

He sounds like a wonderful man, and it's great that youhave so many happy memories of him. It is a sad time for you but know that you are never alone, and there are lots of people thinking and praying for you. Remember the good times. God bless.

Summer by the sea said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandad Catherine, he looked like a lovely fun Grandad - Natalie x

pink-petal-designs said...

So sad Catherine, im thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Hugs to you.
Sarah x

driftwood said...

so sorry to hear of your loss - thinking of you xx

claire Maraldo said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your grandad. You write such beautiful words about him. It shows how much you love him and love never dies, does it?

hope to see you next week. give me ring, I've been a lazy so and so this week! I need you to organise me!

Lots of love form claire and big and small boys. xxx

shabby chic said...

Hi Cathrine,
I am thinking of you and your family. He sounds much loved by you all and sounds like a wonderfull man. I am sure you & your family and the littles brought him much fun too and lots of laughter.
take care Catherine
xx Dom

tillyboo said...

Thinking of you at this very, very sad time Catherine. I am so sorry for your loss, truly.
Be comforted to know that we'll see our lost loved ones again, one day. I do believe that.
Treasure your memories, you will always have them. Take care