Friday, April 3, 2009

In Memory of Grandpa Fun

     I just got word that my grandpa passed away this morning.  He was an amazing person.  Nicknamed by Tucker when he was little, and called by all, "Grandpa Fun".  He truly was fun indeed.    As I sit here pondering and reflecting my relationship and memories of him, I feel inspired to write them down, so what better place than this for all to see, how great he was. 
      I have so many fond memories of him.  Some of the earliest are of visiting him in Brigham City, Utah and playing on all the fun backyard stuff he made over the years.  Grandpa loved to weld and invent things.  I remember a really fun steep slide, monkey bars, homemade treadmill made with pipes that rolled as you walked on it (if that's not an ankle breaker..), a rocket, a device that you lay on and it inverts your body.  I also remember playing on a big inflatable something that we jumped and bounced on and used as a human catapult.  There were the old VW Bugs that we pretended to drive (he had a love of VW parts), and the irrigation water that we splashed around in every watering day.  I remember the big cherry tree we would climb up in and eat cherries until we were sick. 
     I remember going in his homemade dune buggy (from VW parts) up to the mountains and driving straight up them until it wouldn't climb anymore and then we would roll back down and drive through the creek.  I remember sitting on his knee while he bounced me up and down and sang his signature song. "duh da duh duh duh duh da da".  I remember him asking me all the time, "A penny for your thoughts, Maria".  I remember his sound effect for trucks and cars as we played them, "dugga dugga dugga".  
    He was famous for building things.  His specialty was bathrooms.  If you needed another bathroom in your house, grandpa would show up and build you one.  He would see the need for something and just run to the store and buy the materials, come back and build it.  When he came to visit us one time he built us an "A frame" playhouse with a storage shed underneath.  We had many years of fun play time with that.  It still resides at my parent's house.  He literally built his own house (not the first time) with his own two hands, at the age of 80.   
     He has sent Jed, me and all of my children birthday cards every year since I can remember, not once forgetting.  Each card filled with words and thoughts about each individual  because he took the time to know each and every child's own personality.  
     I feel so blessed that I was able to go visit him a few weeks ago.  My mom and sister and I drove down to see him for 3 special days.  He was his old self, and we chatted and sat and listened while he watched his great grandkids throw rocks into his creek, and play in his backyard complete with all the earlier mentioned toys.  He was always his happiest watching his grandkids.  Even though he didn't feel good and was on oxygen he decided that one of his pocket doors in his house needed a doggy door in it so he installed one while we were there.  He never slowed down.  I cherish that time with him and am so grateful I have those memories.  
     He will be greatly missed as he blessed the lives of so many people and made everyone feel so completely special and like we were his favorite.  I am so thankful he is my grandpa and I had the chance to know him on this earth.  I am grateful that he is now with my grandma who has I'm sure, been waiting patiently for their reunion.  I look forward to the day when I can give them both a huge hug.  Goodbye grandpa fun, I love you and you will be missed.

9 comments:

James & Jessi McCalvy said...

Even I have heard of Grandpa Fun! I'm sorry. Where will the funeral be? Are you going?

The Winchester's said...

Maria, I am sorry to hear about your grandpa. How fortunate you were to have such an amazing grandfather in your life. I was always jealous of people who had grandpa's because mine died before I was born.

This was your mom's dad right? Give her hugs for me. Your mom is an amazing person too... I guess it just runs in the family.

Hey, if the funeral is in Utah, you can always stay with us. We have a guest bedroom and plenty of floor space... Hugs to you!

Simpson Home said...

To meet Grandpa Fun, was to love him. We are so glad to have met him and enjoyed every time we did. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Gil and Kathy

Jill Baird said...

Thanks for sharing your memories of "Grandps Fun." He sounds like a wonderful man. Just think, now he can be one of your guardian angels! Stella and Tucker look like him a bit...in the mouth. See, your kids DO look like your side of the family too. Your family will be in our prayers.

Jill Baird said...

Thanks for sharing your memories of "Grandps Fun." He sounds like a wonderful man. Just think, now he can be one of your guardian angels! Stella and Tucker look like him a bit...in the mouth. See, your kids DO look like your side of the family too. Your family will be in our prayers.

Brittany Cooper said...

i am so sorry to hear that, he sounds like an awesome man.

Meredith said...

Maria,
I am so sorry about your Grandpa. I think Grandparents hold a special place in our lives. They are people who can just simply love us. Just know that we are thinking about you.

Sarah said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Maria. He sounds like a fantastic person to have had in your life.

Peter and Julia said...

That was great Maria. Very good tribute to him. He was our amazing Granpa Fun! It seems so weird that the funeral was yesterday. Every day seems to be blurring together. I have to say it was a wonderful funeral and such great weather:) I hope your drive home was a good one and we will see you soon!