06/09/1923 – 29/11/2008
My Grandpa died today he was 85. I want to pay tribute to one of the most amazing men I have ever known. My Grandpa was a quiet, humble man who was always kind, compassionate and gentle. He always saw the good in people and I don’t ever remember him getting angry. He came to live with us when I was just 3 months old, so I had the privileged of growing up with my Grandpa around and I couldn’t list all the things I have learnt from him.
In a lot of ways he has shaped me into the man I am today. I have so many fond memories of times spent with him. I remember when I was 3 my Grandpa making me a car out of a cardboard box and pushing me round the living room. At 7 he used to make me wooden swords so I could have adventures with pirates and Robin Hood. At 11 he helped me to build my first model plane from balsa wood and then took me to the oval to watch it fly. In High school he helped me understand chemistry, physics and maths. He even gave me money to help pay for my tuition while at Bible College, that’s the kind of man he was.
But the thing I am most grateful for is the way my Grandpa helped shape my faith. He was always there to teach me about God, Jesus and the Bible. I remember him reading me bible stories before bed time and answering my questions, no matter how silly or how tough they were. I remember watching him pray earnestly for his family, his friends and those that did not yet know Jesus. He would read God’s Word and share it with me. As I grew older he would challenge me with questions about my faith, teaching me how to understand what I believed. He was proud to have a grandson that was a pastor, who was serving God with his life and seeking to share Jesus with those who had yet to meet Him.
My Grandpa was a true Man of God, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and it showed through his actions and his life. I will miss him dearly, but I celebrate today because I know that Jesus was there to welcome him home with arms wide open, saying “welcome home, good and faithful servant. You have done well, come rest a while with me”
And as I write this with tears streaming down my face, I am determined that my life will be one that follows his example. I want to be known as a man of God, just like he was, my faithful, loving and amazing Grandpa.
I miss you Grandpa, but I know I will see you again in heaven. Until then I will serve our God faithfully and honour your example