My grandma passed away about 13 years ago and I was living with my grandparents at the time, going to college. I remember how hard that was for my grandpa. Someone asked how long they had been married and he said 56 years. The person replied, wow that's a long time, and he said, not long enough I wanted more time. He loved her so much. I cannot remember a time when they went to bed at different times. They would always sit on the couch in the evening watching TV, my grandpa either had his arm around her or was rubbing her feet. They would go to bed at the same time and hold hands as they walked down the hallway. I remember thinking, I hope when I've been married that long my husband and I look like that. So I know he is so happy to be with her again, and I know they are together. I can't imagine how much joy he must have felt being able to see her again. I'm so happy for him, but still miss him a lot. It's hard to believe he is really gone.
He was the kind of grandpa that everyone would want. He made you feel special and would do anything for you. When I lived with him during college, after my grandma died, he would always get up and make me breakfast, then he would go to the deli and get something for lunch and dinner. He was so sweet. I remember when I was there, someone in his ward at church needed help putting on a new roof. Even though he was in his 80's, he went over and helped them get that roof on. And that's how I will always remember him, helping anyone that needed it. When Adam and I got married, we had to put up a block wall and had no clue how to do it. Grandpa came over, he was about 90 at the time, and showed us how to put up a wall. Again, when we had to tile our house, he came and showed us how to do it. He had the same home teaching companion for about 17 years, and never missed visiting a family. My mom was saying recently when he was getting really sick, that she didn't think he ever used a sick day for work. That's just how he was, always working hard and helping others.
He was just an all around good person. He was such a good example of a Christlike person. I'm so grateful for him and all he did for us, we will really miss him a lot!
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