An unusually personal note from me today, but I felt I had to pay tribute to my darling Grandad Mintie who passed away yesterday, just three weeks shy of his 90th birthday. It’s really not much, and much, much less than he deserves, but is the only thing I can do for him now.
He’s been in an out of hospital for the past six weeks or so with pneumonia and various other lung problems but, in the end, his poor old heart just couldn’t keep going.
I saw him on Thursday and was able to speak to him, although he was very tired and in pretty poor shape, but my Uncle called yesterday morning to say that the doctors had asked the family to go in. At first I wasn’t sure whether to go, whether it was fair to Mr W and our kids to just drop them and go, but I’m so glad I did as I would have regretted it so much if I hadn’t been there. My Mum, my brother and my cousin were all unable to get there in time to see him, as they are various distances away from here, but those that could make it did and he wasn’t alone in his final hours.
He struggled on through the day, but it was just too much for him and he finally slipped away in the afternoon. Although I think we could all see it coming as time went on, it was still such a shock as he’s been such a stubborn old bugger we were still hoping he’d open his eyes and tell us all to stop making so much noise and let him sleep!
Although it’s a very sad time, I’m still so happy to have had him around for so long. My Dad’s Dad passed away when I was only 13, so never knew me as an adult. We lost my Dad’s Mum five years ago, so she never knew my children. Grandad knew both my boys and he loved them so much – he was only sad to not be as spry as he used to be and able to play with them more. You think your parents and grandparents are going to go on forever and can’t think of a world without them, but the time comes and we all have to carry on.
I shall miss going to Nan and Grandad’s house and seeing him sat watching the racing as he loved to do, it’ll seem strange for a while I’m sure. I know that littlest lad at one, sadly, won’t remember him but I hope biggest boy is old enough to keep some memories of him. I know I have some wonderful memories of him and I’ll miss him with all my heart.