While we were in Germany we got the news that my Papa, my mom's dad, was in the hospital with various issues. His health declined really quickly, mom left after only 4 days in Germany to return to Georgia, and the rest of us returned home two days early, thinking he had actually started improving. Unfortunately, he took a turn for the worse a couple of days after we got back to the States, and he passed away on June 25, 2010.
My Papa was a kind, gentle soul. He loved his family, playing the slots at casinos, Christmas, golf, playing games and doing puzzles, his dog Roscoe, and most especially his wife of 50+ years who passed away three years before him. So many of my happiest memories include Nana and Papa - so many holidays and family vacations. Christmas will not be the same without my Papa there; we all miss him very much. But we're thankful that he's no longer suffering here.
Hey, Papa, hope you get a hole-in-one on the heavenly golf course. Fore!