Saturday, December 30, 2006

In Memory of Robert Sterling U.



Wednesday morning we received a phone call that my Grandpa Bob had passed away suddenly in his home. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer 6 weeks ago and was undergoing chemo and radiation treatments for the past 3 weeks. His doctors had given him 12 months to live but he had not told any family this because he didn't want to worry us all. The morning of the 27th the tumor in his left lung caused his aorta to rupture. I'm thankful he didn't have to go through the pain and procedures of the next 12 months dying from lung cancer and was able to die peacefully in his home. But, it was so sudden. It has been a very hard week.

My Grandpa Bob was a wonderful man who always had a hug and a smile for everyone. He loved his sweets and sharing them. God gave him the amazing ability to paint even though he never had a formal painting lesson in his lifetime. Grandpa loved going to auctions and buying canvases and frames to take home and paint scenes for everyone to enjoy. His paintings hang on the walls of our home and are some of my most treasured possessions.

Yesterday was the showing and this morning was the funeral service. So many people loved and cared for Grandpa Bob that they had to add seating at both. I wish I would have been able to see him one last time at Christmas to hug him and tell him how much I loved him. I hope he knows. My Dad and uncle thankfully were able to spend quite a few hours with Grandpa on Christmas Eve which I'm sure is priceless time now. Remember to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.

Rest in Peace Grandpa Bob
May 2, 1928 to December 27, 2006

Only the Best

A heart of gold stopped beating
Two shining eyes at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.
God knows you had to leave us,
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day He took you home.
To some you are forgotten,
To others just a part of the past.
But to us who loved and lost you,
The memory will always last.

4 comments:

Misty- SunnyIvy0-PP said...

Kellie, I just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. I was sorry to read of the passing of your grandpa Bob..I'm sure he knows you love him and he'll see that you will continue to keep his memories alive..His paintings look beautiful as well and Im sure they will be even more treasured in the times to come..All my best to you and your family during your time of loss..Thoughts and prayers...Misty

Laura said...

::::sigh::::

I am so very sorry.

Lisa said...

Kellie,
I'm so sorry. I wish I had some magic phrase to make you feel better.

(((hugs)))

Maggie said...

Hugs :(