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Papa’s Passing

Saturday, June 12th, 2010
Posted in Joel by Joel Gross

My grandfather on my father’s side of the family passed away today.

He has been very sick for a long time with Parkinson’s disease and his condition rapidly deteriorated after a major heart attack last week so this was not unexpected, but it is still very sad.  Tomorrow would have been he and my grandma’s 58th wedding anniversary.

I didn’t know Papa that well, but the memories I do have are good ones.  Getting “schtubled” at holidays as a kid, visiting his house on the Puget Sound and playing in the woods, and his big laugh, smile and ready jokes are running through my mind. I am sad he’s gone.

I will be driving over to Phoenix from Los Angeles this week for the funeral once arrangements are made.

Rest in peace, Papa.