Thursday, 14 January 2010

A tribute

I was tagged by Bekimarie to share my favourite photo.
I have so many photos so it is so hard to choose.

My lovely Grandad passed away on Tuesday, so i have decided to share my Favourite pictures of him from some of my old albums.

Above: My Grandad on his wedding day to my lovely Nan.

Below:My Grandad was such a wonderful man, he did so much with his life. He would have done more, but my nan didn't like to travel and in her last years she hardly went out the house at all.
So my Grandad took plenty of daytrips around the world including New York and Cairo. I had the pleasure in accompinging him to Lapland and Jersey.

Below: My Grandad and Nan with my mum:

With My Mum and Uncle:

With me on my first day in the world. I was his only Grandchild. He bought me a lovely little teddy in this hospital that i still have:

On my christening day with my other Grandad, who sadly i don't remember.
My youngest boy takes both these mens names:

Christmas, i still have this pony!!!

At Lands ends, Cornwall:

For many years we went to Cornwall. I share one of my favourite places with my Nan and Grandad - Mawgan Porth.

Every christmas day was spent with my Grandparents apart from a couple of years when my lovely Nan and Grandad treated my Mum, Dad and me to a holiday in Disneyworld Florida:

Now, this really is one of my favourite photos ever. It is even in an album entitled 'My favourite photos'
I think i was a beautiful princess in a horse and carriage!!!

My Grandad would have been 90 this year - which is a wonderful age to reach, especially for a man. He changed very much 7 years ago when my Nan died and his quality of life had gone down alot in the last 2 years - but i am so glad he got to spend time with his two great grandsons.
I just missed his passing (i was travelling down to the hospital) but i sat with him for a while after.

The things i will remember most about my Grandad:

-Staying at his house and him making me Grenadine and lemonade as a treat.
-Taking me to Littlewoods for breakfast most Saturdays and then going to get the fish for that nights dinner.
- His very scary driving!!
- Him tucking money into my hand and telling me not to tell Nanny!
- Feeding his fish.
-Playing bowles in the garden.
-Going to the Camelot in Chigwell Row for dinner.
-Him sitting in the garden catching some rays.
-His 'medalion' as i called it, actually a gold Libra chain. When my husband first met him about 12 years ago he thought he looked like Del Boy!!
-Walking round the local shops with him for sweets.
- Him taking the paper and a free coffee from his local sainsburys cafe in his last few years - bless him, the staff let him get away with it, they probably thought he didn't have any money. Actually he was quite wealthy.
-Me and Mum seeing him secretly stuffing his face with chocolate coming back from the local shop!!! My Nan was diabetic and used to make him feel guilty for having it.
-Coming to my school when i was about 12 to give a talk on his youth and the war.
-Him gently squeezing my hand and saying i love you, a few days before he passed.



lou said...

There are no words that can describe what a beautiful post that was. I love looking back at pictures of my Nan. I’m going to start a family tree soon.

With the words you wrote and looking at the pictures I can see what your Grandad meant to you, keep those thoughts and happy times…and he will always be with you.

Love Lou xxx

periwinkle said...

I agree with Lou about the lack of words to describe your post ..... brought a lump to my throat ... hugs to you

TheMadHouse said...

What a wonderful fitting tribute to what founds like a wonderful man.

VintageVicki said...

That post brought a tear to my eye.

I agree Grandads are very special.


Vicki xxx

Thecraftytrundler said...

What a wonderful post, and a most wonderful Granddad!! An example to everyone.
Thinking of you, and your family at this sad time.

((( Hugs )))

Sharon xx

MelMel said...

What a lovely man, you were so blessed to have him....may he rest in peace......((hugs))

made with love said...

I am so sorry t hear your very sad news. Just reading your post you can feel what a very special man your grandfather was. These are lovely memories and a beautiful tribute. These happy memories, I'm sure, in time will be a comfort to you
Sending my thoughts and best wishes to you and your family,
Rachael XX

twiggypeasticks said...

That made me teary, how lovely. You'll always carry him with you, my Dad will be with me always.
twiggy x

Lyn said...

What a lovely tribute to you Grandad. What great memories you have and I am sure you will remember him for ever.

Elaine said...

Oh Lissy, what wonderful memories, and a fitting tribute for such special mutual affection and love,

Love and blessings

bekimarie said...

That was a beautiful post that has me in tears. I can feel the love coming from what you've wrote and i'm so sorry for your loss.
You do have some wonderful memories though..
Love and ((hugs))
Beki xxx

Lalabibaby said...

What a beautiful post Lissy and a fine tribute to grandad ... he would be proud of you ... thanks for sharing such lovely family photos too .... may he rest in peace x

LittleGem said...

Lissy that was a beautiful post and a wonderful tribute. Thank you so much for sharing your special photos. ((((thinking of you)))) xx

Mrs B said...

Lissy, I am so sorry for your loss. He clearly lives on in many love filled memories! How wonderful that your sons will have memories of him too! Another generation! Keep telling the stories of what he was like, what you were like...thats the way that folk and families go on, through a tale, a yarn. No one is truly dead unless they are forgotten!

Much love Mrs B x

Mummy Boo Bear said...

A wonderful life lived and loved. The best way.

So sorry for your loss, but such a wonderful tribute to someone who was so special to you.

Sending hugs (())


Sal said...

That was a wonderful tribute to your grandad.
It was so well written.
Sending you all huge hugs!
Sal ;-) said...

What a beautiful tribute! I have tears in my eyes now. Thank you so much for sharing! suzie xxx

Lululiz said...


Rachel said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautifully written tribute.
Rachel xx

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

Such a thoughtful and Beautiful Tribute hun xx
thanks for entering the giveaway hun..Have popped 2 entries in for you, let me know if you join the Fb group or post a link and I'll pop some more in for you xx
Annie xxx

Mary Poppins said...

Huge hugs from me LL, am thinking of you very much, what beautiful memories to share with us, thank you :)


Andi's English Attic said...

Your post was so full of love for a man who was obviously very special in your life. I'm so sorry to learn your news. xx

Lindalou said...

Lovely post. Well written and the photos say so much. Lucky for you to have all those special memories.

The Vintage Kitten said...

Im so sorry to read that your grandfather has passed, but your post was a lovely tribute. Your grandad looks like a lovely man X

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

I am so sorry for your loss; so clearly from his face in the photos alone, your grandpa adored you as much as you adored him.

I also lost a beloved, very special grandfather recently, I do feel your loss.

Tilly Rose said...

Hi hun....what a lovely post. Your grandad sounds a wonderful man who brought loads of happiness to all your lives.
Beautiful photos.....just remember he'll always be with you hunny
Hugs Karen x x x

Taz said...

Thank you for sharing your memories of your dear Grandad with us. I never knew either of my Grandads and can only wish I'd had one just like yours.

Florence and Mary said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your granddads passing. I lost my nan last year so can completely sympathise.

Your memories and photographs will become great comfort.

Thank you for sharing such a lovely post with us

Victoria xx

Who Lives in a house like this? said...

What lovely lovely memories of your grandad, I love old photo's the picture on my blog of my grandmother stood outside a beach hut, she loved the seaside as she put it! I have the same picture of her on my bedroom wall ever since she passed away, it always makes me smile when I look at her! My thoughts are with you at this sad time Xx

Kissed by an Angel said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Grandad!! But what wonderful memories you have!!! I bet the 2 little boys love hearing about him!!