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 xCatherine x