I never had the chance to know the grandad on my dad’s side of the family, but the granddad I had the chance to know more than made up for that. My grandad was, in my opinion, the best grandad in the world.
He was one of the few people in my life who never let me down. He was always there for me, showing me love, support and care. In fact, he was one of the few family members that I wrote a blog post all about — he was just that special. More than anything though, my grandad has been the main source of inspiration in my life.
Unfortunately, I lost my grandad today, but he will never stop being my inspiration or being the best grandad in the world. My grandad will always be in my heart and I hope to keep his legacy living on by emulating his amazing character. I want to exude his kindness, faith, humour and warm, welcoming nature. I want to be able to touch lives, like he touched mine and countless others. I just wish that he could be here to see it.
My grandad had an amazing knowledge of the Bible, which really impressed me. During my time spent studying with him, I developed a hunger and a will to learn more. I wanted to understand the messages God had given to us, partly because of the example he had set me.
I’ll miss so many things about my grandad. I’ll miss his “Burton jokes” and famous sayings, particularly “That’s the point”, which is my favourite. I’ll miss hearing stories about his childhood and listening to him recite poems. I’ll miss him asking, “What do you love?” and then having that dish prepared for us the next time we were at his house. I’ll miss his bread and fried dumplings. I’ll miss him leading out in song and saying long-winded speeches during family worship. There is just so much more.
It won’t be the same without my grandad and I can’t imagine life without him, because he has been a constant presence since the day of my birth. However, I feel blessed and happy to have known such a wonderful, loving man who made an impact on so many lives, and I’ve been fortunate enough to call him my grandad. I wish that he could have seen me achieve more and truly make a difference in this world, but he will always be present in my work, because I know he played a major part in shaping who I am.
I love you with all my heart grandad, now and forever, but I know you’re finally at peace and the next face you’ll see is Jesus when He comes again. You’ll finally be going to that home you’ve desperately hoped for and I hope to see you there. May you rest in peace.