This is a letter for my Poppa who passed July 15th. I’m grateful to say I had a chance to read it to him, once in the hospital while he was still living, and once at his funeral. Never pass up the opportunity to tell someone you love how much they mean to you.
The definition of courage is the ability to do something that frightens someone, or demonstrating strength in the face of pain or grief. It takes courage to fight disease, to stand on your own, and to fight against all odds. It also takes tremendous courage to move to a small town, and build a business and home from the ground up. You and Nana never gave up.
We are a product of our environment. There is so much I’ve learned from you that I am so grateful for.
You have taught me courage, bravery, and drive. You are the hardest working man I’ve ever met, and because of you my Dad taught me to be the same way. You taught me what it takes to be successful by showing your commitment and dedication to building a thriving business. You taught me to stay humble and grounded no matter how large my successes may be. You taught me by example.
You have taught me strength, perseverance, and determination. Your physical and mental strength through thick and thin is admirable. I am so proud to have your last name because of what it symbolizes. It symbolizes you and Nana, Great Grandpa, Uncle Neil, Uncle Lou, and Uncle Murray. All of these special people combined represents family, strength, humour, adventure, bravery, and loyalty. I am honoured to be your grand-daughter.