Friday, November 5, 2010

Grandpa Conrad 1917-2010

Just 2 weeks shy of his 93rd birthday, my dear grandfather Conrad passed away yesterday. I called my grandparents yesterday afternoon for a quick hello before the girls arrived home from school and was surprised to hear my cousin answer the phone instead of my grandmother. Quickly, I learned what had happened just minutes before. I spoke with my grandmother briefly who was accompanied by my cousin and the pastor from her church. She was crying and quite understandably heartbroken over the loss of her husband of 60 years.


My grandfather was many things. He was a proud Norwegian, a World War II veteran, a devoted husband, a loving father, an unbelievably talented musician, a fisherman, a handy man, as sharp as a tack, and the most wonderful grandfather anyone could ever ask for.




I love him and I'll miss him dearly. At this time of loss, it is most comforting to know he loved me (and all of us), and that he knew that I (and all of us) loved him. We ended almost every conversation with the exchange of I love you and it means a great deal to me now that he's gone.

I miss you already Gramps!

12 comments:

LL Cool Joe said...

Oh I'm so so sorry Aliceson. I loved seeing all the photos of your Grandpa on this blog. I always loved seeing his caps. :) Such a character. I could tell how much you loved him.

Sending love to you and all your family at this time.

Kelly said...

I'm so sad for you. I feel like I know Grandpa Conrad from all the lovely things you've written about him.

Kisses and hugs all around. I'll be thinking about you.

sheila said...

I have to say I've really enjoyed the posts about your grandpa over the whole time I've been reading your blog. His photos capture a beautiful soul that's for sure. You can see it in his eyes...twinkling away.

So sorry for your loss and your whole familys loss. How magnificent though to have lived over 9 decades. WOW!

Wild Child said...

I know how you feel and coming up on the holidays, I know that it will be hard. Take care of yourself, your family, and be with them as much as you can. I am very sorry for your loss.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved getting to know your grandpa through your blog. Hugs to you and your family.

Christana said...

You are in my thoughts, Ali. What loss. I'm so glad you and the boys got to see him this summer.
lots of love,
Christana

Riot Kitty said...

I think it is great that you had such a wonderful grandpa. (Both of mine are jerks.) Big hugs!

Debbie said...

Aliceson, I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was such a source of love for so many and I am sure he will be deeply missed.

Jenni said...

such sad news! It sounds like he lived a rich and happy life. My sympathies to you and your family.

Juli said...

So sorry about the loss of your grandfather.

Bonnie Domrois said...

Our sympathies to you and your family.

Ashley said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! He sounds like a pretty special guy.