Grandpa lived a good, long life. He turned 86 in January. as far as he was concerned, he never expected to reach the year 2000. He was married to my grandmother for 57 years.
I learned a lot about Grandpa this last week. He was heavily involved in the Knights of Columbus (a Catholic lodge, basically), as well as the VFW. He considered himself sort of a local political activist. he always kept up to date with the latest exploits of Linden's mayor- Gregorio. Gregorio has been in office as long as i can remember......
Grandpa was always very fun-loving. he used to take us to one of the scores of parks, and play baseball (he was pitcher), or watch us on the swings. He would play "walrus" in the above-ground pool (gone for 8 years or so now), and would stalk us like a shark.
although he was always picking at something politically and getting on my dad's nerves, Grandpa was always very sweet and an excellent grandfather. He always wanted to be right and do things by his standards- very high standards. he always had to serve his guests the best and look the best. He went out on his terms. He knew the risks, and took a gamble. Now, he's meeting up with all of his friends again, because they were holding the card game for him.
Grandpa, you will be missed. It still hurts right now, but we will learn to accept that you're gone.