cgi-bin/mt/mt-comments.cgi?__mode=red&id=1465">John Cole at October 17, 2002 12:58 PM

I lost my only grandfather about 16 months ago, and he too was a dominant figure in our family, made all the more so by the oddity of having one leg amputated when he was a young man. While he wasn't nearly as active as yours, he had plenty of time to spend with me, and that's what I remember most. Sounds like you've got great memories, too. My sympathies.

Posted by: Derek Willis at October 17, 2002 01:34 PM

Matt,

Sorry to hear about your loss - I still miss my grandfather - and he's been gone for almost 40 years...

Posted by: Yak at October 17, 2002 01:58 PM

Thanks, everyone! That's nice of you. And I'm really sorry about your grandma, Emily.

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 17, 2002 03:32 PM

My deepest condolences.

Posted by: Henry Hanks at October 17, 2002 06:55 PM

Matt,

Life is ultimately biography, and your grandfather certainly had an outstanding one. I often miss terribly my grandfather who passed away eight years ago.

However, there's always a distinct pleasure in recalling the memory of lost loved ones. That's the paradox of grief.

Posted by: Robert Light at October 17, 2002 07:36 PM

Very sorry to hear that, he certainly sounds like a person who lived a full and admirable life.
Hang in there, Matt.

Posted by: greg at October 17, 2002 11:46 PM

My condolences.

Posted by: Jack Tanner at October 21, 2002 09:07 AM
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