Wednesday, June 11, 2008

John Lawrence Brendan Pope, February 16, 1918 - May 7, 2008

Just a few weeks after I'd gotten down to the ice, I got word from back home that my grandfather was very ill. A few days later, he passed away. He'd battled Parkinson's for quite some time now, and while we all know these things are inevitable, it doesn't make them any easier.

While I'm sorry that I wasn't able to be there, I know that he'd be very proud of where I am and what I'm doing. He was in the Army and had been stationed in the Pacific at Guadalcanal during World War 2, and always had a bit of wanderlust/travel bug in him. Maybe those sort of things are hereditary.

So this photo is dedicated to him. So long, Poppa.

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