a short break

I’m taking a break from blogging today. My grandfather, Raymond, who has just moved out here to live with us at the end of April, passed away on Friday after getting gallbladder surgery and having complications after spending almost three weeks in the hospital. He was 86 years old. My cousin, Jake and I were at his side when he passed and while it was incredibly difficult, I’m glad that we were there for him in the end. He was so happy when he was out for the short amount of time that he was here, enjoying the sunshine and the San Diego life. He will be greatly missed by our whole family and every life that he has touched.


My grandmother and grandfather looking so sharp!


My grandmother and grandfather – still in love.


My grandpa and I in San Diego – I think I was about a year old.


Rest in peace, Pepere. You will always be loved and will be greatly missed.

22 thoughts on “a short break

  1. He touched the people around him. He was really loved and will be missed. Glad you were there for him.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather, Mary. I’m glad you were able to be there when he passed and that he was able to enjoy the San Diego sunshine and you!

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I’m glad you have so many sweet memories and photos of him so he continues living within you for a long time.

  4. I’m saddened by the loss of your beloved grandfather. I’m glad you were able to spend time with him right up to the end. What a wonderful tribute this was. Your fond memories of him will live on.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss Mary. If it’s ok, I’d like to share a quote that’s helped me cope with loss :

    “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.”

    – Winnie the Pooh

    Know that quite a few people are wishing you and your family well –

  6. Hi Mary, great tribute and heartfelt post. He was lucky to be with loving family for his last days. Thanks for sharing someone so special.

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