Monday, April 21, 2008
2008 hasn't been a good year so far. A lot has happened in the last three month's. Most recently my Granddad died as a result of emphysema. His right lung collapsed at the first of March and from then on his strength failed him. He became weaker each week until he couldn't breath any longer and left this life on April 15th, 2008.
My Granddad was one of Tom Brokaw's greatest generation. Granddad was a testament to that generation. He lived through the depression, served in WWII, came home and worked hard all his life, raised a daughter and practically raised me. He was kind, loving, honest an all around good person. He set an example that most of us should strive for. Very few people are of his caliber, and I hope that I am at least a little like him. Watching him slowly struggle for breath the past six weeks has been very hard on my family and myself. Needless to say I haven't been riding, but it was worth it to see him every morning and every evening until he passed on to his reward. If anyone was ever deserving of it he was.
I appreciate all of the email condolences, phone calls, and everyone who was able to come to the funeral. It really meant a lot to to hear from you and see you.
Thanks for all you did for me Granddad. I miss you.
Donald Nathaniel Patrick B. 9-20-1916 D. 4-15-08