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Dedicated to Pop

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Dedicated to Pop

This is what I wrote and read at my grandfather’s funeral. You will be missed
34 years in the making.  Thank you for everything Pop.

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When I was about 9 years old, I wanted to be a child psychologist when I grew
up. I wanted to help other kids dealing with divorce, as I had to. Though even
at 9 I was deathly afraid of disappointing Pop. I believed he really wanted me
to go into the family business and eventually take over. I remember when Pop and
I first talked about it. He told me that he would never be disappointed as long
as I did what I loved, and do it to the best of my ability. He continued to say
that for many years to come, and this is one of the things I loved him most

I have learned so much from him in the short time we knew each other. He has
always emphasized being honest and 100% genuine, because my reputation and word
are the only two things that are truly mine in this world. Nothing is more
valuable to me, and I can’t thank him enough for it.

The story of how he went back to work the day he was released from the hospital
after his heart attack always amazed me. He had the dedication, strength, and
endurance that I try for strive for everyday. I like to think that he knows

Loyalty was one of Pop’s biggest traits. I’m proud to say I got this from him. I
feel that it is a very important trait to have and I can’t thank him enough for
giving it to me.

I was told a story last night about when Pop was with his friend who wanted to
stop by an ill family member’s house for 15 minutes. Pop’s friend thanked him
afterword, and Pop told him he didn’t need to thank him because family is the
most important thing. It made me cry to hear that story, as I have done and said
very similar things. Family was indispensable to Pop and I appreciate that he
helped instill the love of family into me.

Pop told me many times when I was growing up, that I shouldn’t say something
unless I know it to be true. Unfortunately, he didn’t prepare me for how most of
the time no one wants to hear the truth.

Well, Pop here is the truth. I was scared of you when I met you. Growing up, I
was scared of making you angry, though maybe it was more about the belt you
flashed when I misbehaved. A bit later in life, I was scared of disappointing
you. Then I was scared of the day when I would lose you. And now I am scared of
life without you.

I am extremely honored to of known you as long as I have. Thank you for giving
me a wonderful name and legacy to live up to. I promise I will do everything I
can to make you proud. I got some big footsteps to fill, Pop truly is a legend
among giants.

Episode 131

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