I know in my last post I said this one would be a NOTD but there's something much more important I'd like to share with you.
This ladies is my grandad.
My earliest memory of him was placing me into a washing basket with his work hat on, this memory was thankfully captured on film which I only recently found out, so now its placed on my wall. When we lived in Ireland, Germany and Kent he and my grandma would visit regularly from Newcastle. Once my dad finished the army we lived with him for a while, then when my dad left me and my mam he became a father figure, a fantastic one.
As I grew older I started to spend more time with him, when school finished I'd go to his and watch Countdown until my mam and grandma came back from shopping. He never had a bad word to say about anyone except for the horses that lost him money.
He collected coins, read books on ships and maps, he loved to watch the horse racing and football supporting both Newcastle and Sunderland, as his dad was a Sunderland supporter BOO! :)
Every Boxing day the family would gather and we'd play Chase the Ace where he'd always cheat, sometimes we'd pretend not to see :)
We'd always call him a silly bugger.
He'd always sing a song and say 'Who sang that?' Me! :)
I'd ask 'You alright? No I'm half left' :)
He wasn't just my grandad, he was a dad, a husband, brother, father in law, uncle and most importantly my friend too. Whenever I was sad I'd tell him, if I had a secret I'd tell him. I could trust him with anything, he wouldn't say anything he'd just listen.
I was lucky to have him in my life for 18 and a half years.
He passed away a year today.
He waited for us to be beside his bed until he passed.
A week after he passed we took a trip up to Eyemouth for the day scattering his ashes by the sea. My grandma chose there as they'd take a holiday there every year in the olden days.
My last photo with him a week before he passed.
My grandad worked on ships, so to honour his memory I wanted an anchor tattoo on my wrist. So I searched in Google specific anchors to do with Shipwrights, clicked on a link and scrolled down to see my Grandad over 30 years ago.
Since finding this photo I know that its the perfect thing to do.
Thanks for reading,
I hope you have someone in your life like my grandad.
Do you have any memories of passed loved ones?
Please share in the comment section, I'd love to hear them.