Monday, September 29, 2008

Papa Charlie We Will Miss You

My father-in-law passed away this morning. He was 94. He was a man of great stature and a first generation Greek-American. He was the last of his family to go and he was ready.

He was the Patrician of the family. He insisted on naming my two sons. The names are good strong names for boys, so I didn't mind.

When I visited him after Spousal Unit's and my first baby died, he invited me to stay for several months to grieve and heal since I would be alone in the house. The Spousal Unit was away most of the time because of his job in the Air Force.

Papa Charlie didn't want me to be alone.

He could be very gruff. His gruffness covered up that he was a cream puff on the inside.

He loved his grandsons. Even though he could barely walk at times he visited us every Fall to see the boys. And they delighted in him also.

He lived a long life and was well loved. Papa Charlie we will miss you.

7 comments:

Kim said...

I'm so sorry.

Amanda said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Reenie said...

Hey Nellie,
I just found out today (claude emailed me) I am so sorry to hear that Pappa Charlie passed on. Are you ok?
Love you,
Reenie

Meg said...

So, so sorry for your loss. Virtual hugs from me!

Krysta said...

i'm so sorry to hear about your father in law. i'll be thinking of you.

ashley said...

hey aunt nellie,

it's so sad to read this. im sorry for this loss for all of you.

it was so good to see you before you left. tell uncle chuck we say hi and we miss him. talk to you soon.

lots of love!!

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