Saturday, December 19, 2009

Farewell Grandpa!

This is a picture of everyone with grandpa on my birthday two years ago.

My Grandpa Bucky passed away peacefully from this life yesterday. My memories of Grandpa have been filling my mind these past 24 hours as I have peacefully and mindfully cherished his life and my perspective as his grandson.

Grandpa Bucky was the kind of Grandpa any kid would want-- he was always willing to have fun. One of my greatest memories of Grandpa was when we were at Sunriver for the Tintle Family Reunion and we locked ourselves out of one of our rooms. In a desperate mood to get the room open before help could come, Grandpa and I spent the next hour perplexed as we tried opening the door with a credit card. Grandpa and I for the life of us couldn't figure out why the heck the door wasn't opening. Eventually, someone got a hold of a key and we got in. However, that hour spent with Grandpa was just another small example of the kind of guy Grandpa was.

For those of you who don't know my grandpa, he was the ultimate "fixer-upper". There wasn't anything grandpa couldn't fix. I remember when he would come visit for a week my parents would give him a list of 10-15 things to do around the house. Grandpa would always have me help him and he would patiently teach me how to get things done around the house.

Grandpa has a crude yet very funny sense of humor. One time as we were driving to a Dodger game in California and his car broke down. We ended up driving up to a random house looking for help. A bunch of Mexicans came out to help us fix our car. They ended up being a perfect help and afterwards Grandpa drove us to the store to buy a 24-pack of Budweiser as a gift to the Mexicans for helping us. I've never seen Mexicans so happy.

Another time when I was probably 6 or 7 years old we were sitting around at home while the Christmas song came up "Do you hear what I hear?" I believe the song is called the Little Drummer Boy. Well, as grandpa sat there with everyone else, he farted and then with the music sang "Do you smell what I smell?" It was the funniest thing as we were all on the floor laughing our butts off.

These are just a few of the many memories I have of Grandpa. You will be missed, Grandpa. You were a great guy, a great father, a great Grandpa, and most of all a great husband. I will miss you and have missed grandma for years. Until we meet again, Grandpa, God be with you!


Lindsey said...

Those are fun memories of Grandpa, Dar!! Thanks for sharing.

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Ryan and Jannali said...

What a sweet post Heather, hope all is well with you and your hubby!