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Great Grandpa Timmins [Jan. 18th, 2002|09:58 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I was talking to my parents on the phone and my mom mentioned, "Oh, great grandpa Timmins isn't doing too well ... they think he might die this week."

A call came through on the other line. My mom said she'd call me back.

And sure enough, the incoming phone call was news of him just dying. That's kinda weird... that she said it, then seconds later we find out.

He was cool. Always always funny. Blythe and I stopped and visited him on our trip across the country this last summer. He was still funny then. And I guess he was still singing at dinner just the other day.

I never saw him too often (being in Oregon, him being in Iowa), so it's not too painful, but I do have lots of memories of playing around his woodshop and house, messing around on his piano, and him building us wooden airplanes and ducks and things.

Joe thought it was amazing I still had a great grandparent. I'm 21 (very near 22) and still have all 4 grandparents. I'm thankful for that. Though one of my grandpas isn't doing well lately, because he chain smoked. *sigh* Stupid smoking.
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[User Picture]From: annenahaymus
2002-01-18 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your great grandfather, it sounds at though he lead a good, full life.
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2002-01-18 10:06 pm (UTC)

:(

My sincere sympathies on the death of your Great-Grandfather. That is awesome that you knew him! My great-grandparents all died before 1911 and I wasn't born until 1948.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-01-18 10:11 pm (UTC)
my last grandparent died last year, my grandmother (yiayia) in Greece. my grandfather (papou) died way before I was born serving in the Greek army. funny enough it wasn't in battle, he was leaving a pub with some fellow soldiers and the jeep they were in flipped over. probalby the way I'll die. :P

Mom's mother (Mamaw.. we're from the south) died of breast cancer before I was born. my grandpa on her side (Papaw) died in 1988. he was 81 years old, had been fighting heart trouble for a while.. and yes, he still smoked.

Papaw's was the only funeral I've ever been to. I dunno if you've attended them but the FREAK. ME. OUT. Also I was a pallbearer...

anyway.. [/ramble]

hope you're doing ok.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-01-18 10:15 pm (UTC)
Never been to a funeral.

My first one will be my grandpa's (the smoker), any time now.... and I'll be a pallbearer.
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[User Picture]From: gorgonous
2002-01-18 10:14 pm (UTC)
I still have a great grandmother alive. I believe she's 94.
She likes beer, and she says that the worst the about getting old is that it's boring.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-01-18 10:15 pm (UTC)
Hahah... rock on.
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[User Picture]From: joylugod
2002-01-19 12:55 am (UTC)
That sounds a lot like my great-grandmother. She died a couple months ago at the ripe old age of 97, but from the time she was a young woman up through the day she died, my great-grandmother rolled her own cigars and smoked 'em everyday.

My sincerest apologies for you and your family, Brad. Losing someone is never easy, and I'm glad you have fun memories with him to hold on to.
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[User Picture]From: radiskull
2002-01-18 10:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the loss. I think that's pretty rare though, having all four reamin with you that long. All of mine had passed by my 25th birthday.
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2002-01-18 10:41 pm (UTC)

sorry

:o\
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[User Picture]From: starbelle
2002-01-18 10:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: adrenalinegirl
2002-01-18 11:09 pm (UTC)
i'm sorry to hear about your great-grandfather.its always sad when a loved one passes away...but know that he lived a long happy life.

my great-grandmother passed away in her sleep while i was sleeping right next to her...i was 8 years old.weird thing...i can barely remember her to this day.


*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: 00goddess
2002-01-18 11:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, Brad. I'm glad you have good memories of your great-grandfather.
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[User Picture]From: ladydiana
2002-01-19 12:45 am (UTC)

{{{Brad}}}

I'm sorry.

My grandfather died three weeks ago today, so I understand.

If you need to chew someone's sympathetic ear off, I'm available. :)
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2002-01-19 11:29 am (UTC)
Hm... I only have one grandmother "left" too and as mean as this may sound, I would way prefer my grandfathers to be still alive because they were grand. I'm very sorry about your great-granddad dying but I have to say I am as amazed as Joe about hearing that you still had one in the first place.
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