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    Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    He was the man who first paid my way into Disneyland.

    His were the rough hands that taught me right from wrong after I peddled my tricycle to the local market and stole a five cent newspaper.

    His clothes were usually soiled each night when he came home from working at the Helms Bakery, one arm loaded with the best sweet stuff ever made, and the other with another kind of sweetness for the woman in his life.

    His hair was pepper turned gray, and beads of sweat on his forehead told of the hard knocks life that he had, the kind of life he swore I'd never have.

    He threw me my first baseball. He took me to my first major league game, and saw the wonder in my eyes the first time I caught a glimpse of the greenest grass I'd ever seen.

    He wiped my tears when I got frightened at the old Indian Village at Disneyland. He clapped with me at the old Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and smiled with me as we ate the most delicious pancakes ever at Aunt Jemima's.

    He was my mother's father. Because of circumstances, I never knew my real father...so my grandfather, Carl, was my father for the first seven years of my life. He threw me my first football.

    He taught me his love for music - primarily the likes of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Ray Charles. And oh yes, the Beach Boys.

    When my mother remarried, we only moved a few miles away but I cried and cried for leaving my grandma...and grandpa.

    We cried and prayed when he had his first heart attack at age 46. But it was on this date 40 years ago that I cried the longest I ever had - when I came home from school one Friday afternoon, age 10, and learned my first lesson in the fragility of life. A second attack took his life...at the age 0f 51.

    I've thought about him every day since. How would he feel about what I've become? The kind of man I am now?

    He died on January 6, 1967. Some 40 years later, his presence is as strong in me now as it ever was. Thank you for sharing this time with me, as I honor his memory.

    --Barry
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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    Barry, thanks for sharing such wonderful memories with us of your Grandfather. It seems he still is a very powerful presence in your life, and that you are thankful for all the wonderful memories he created.


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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    Quote Originally Posted by Radiobarry View Post
    I've thought about him every day since. How would he feel about what I've become? The kind of man I am now?
    I think it's safe to say he would be very proud of the man you've become. What beautiful things you said about him.

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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    Wonderful tribute Barry. My dad was only 53 years old when he passed away. My brother died at the age of 48. Someone said "only the good die young". Not so sure about that. I know 2 men in my family died way too young.

    So all we can do is live each day to it's fullest because we only know about the now.

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    a beautiful sentiment, it brought tears to my eyes
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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful sounding man!

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    That almost made me cry Barry! Such a nice tribute for what sounds to be an incredible man.

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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    That was very touching, it brought tears to my eyes!

    I think that is wonderful that you have kept him so close to your heart.

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    Barry he seemed like a wonderful man, thanks for sharing his memory with us

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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    What a wonderful tribute. Yes, he'd be VERY proud of you!


    I was raised by my grandparents (thank goodness). They "stepped up to the plate" when I needed them most (6 months old).

    Grandparents are special people. I'll never forget that.

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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    Barry! No fair making people cry like that. My grandpa is in the hospital today, so that hit me hard. Thanks for sharing.
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    I was at JCPenney the other week looking for some bargains and I saw this older Asian man in the girls' section picking out clothes. I totally teared up as I remembered my grandfather who used to buy me clothes from JCPenney. Then I began to feel guilty as I remembered that I never truly appreciated the time and effort he spent into choosing outfits that he thought that I would like.... I miss him....

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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Radiobarry again.
    Thanks for sharing your story with us RB. What a blessing for you to have such an incredible role model. I'm sorry you lost him at such a young age. I'm sure he'd be very proud of the man you have become.

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    Re: Some Memories Of My Grandfather -

    Thank you for sharing.

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    He sounded like one heck of a good man and grandpa, you were blessed for knowing him and having him be with you during your childhood as he was blessed havign you for a wonderful grandson. In your heart he will always be remembered, and he is very proud of you today Barry. you are a fine man, have a wonderful big heart and he knows all this He loves you Barry you will both be together some day

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