Lost my grandfather today.

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by kfox75, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    At the age of 83, my grandfather entered the clearing at the end of the path around 0200 yesterday. He was born in Jamestown NY on 27 April, 1929, and passed away at home, with his family present.

    NYSP Trooper (Ret.) Richard C. Ward, was a father of 5 children, had 8 grandchildren, and with his wife, Marlene J. Ward, was a foster parent to over 200 kids in a span of 40 years. After retiring from the State Police, he was a machuinist at Newbrook\Exelco in Silver Creek NY for 17 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time with his friends and family.

    In 1986, he started to have balance problems, and it was determined that he had a degenerative disorder in the balance center of his brain. Never one to give up, he kept himself active untill early this year. Unfortunately, he soon developed other health issues around that time. Through this, he never gave up. He just kept on fighting, and pushed himself to keep going. On Christmas Eve, he took a turn for the worse. In the early hours of December 24th, he had a stroke. He never fully came back from it. We were keeping a 24 hour watch on him for the next 6 days. In the end, he was comfortable, at home with his family. We will all miss him.

    R.I.P. Trooper R.C. "Papa Bear" Ward. You are home now.
     
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  2. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Sorry for your loss. I understand your grief. My thoughts and prayers to you and yours.
     

  3. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Sorry for you loss. Never had a grandfather yours sounds like he was a good man.
     
  4. Colby

    Colby New Member

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    I'm very sorry....
     
  5. sdiver35

    sdiver35 New Member

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    Sorry for your loss.
     
  6. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    Sorry to hear about your Grandfather.
     
  7. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    The weight of the world has been lifted from his shoulders, I feel your pain. I never got to meet either of my grand fathers. But the stories from others keeps them ever present in my life. Keep him in yours......:)
     
  8. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    What a nice tribute to clearly, a great man. Your Grandfather touched many lives and served his family and community with the greatest gift a person has, self.

    Sorry for your loss kfox.
     
  9. Sicilian13

    Sicilian13 New Member

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    R.I.P my prayers are with you
     
  10. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    My condolences to you and your family in this time of loss
     
  11. JSStryker

    JSStryker New Member

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    My condolences to your family.
     
  12. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Condolences Kfox.
     
  13. lfcshooter

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  14. astroman

    astroman Supporting Member Supporter

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    Sorry to hear the news. Your grandfather lived a long productive life. I never met my grandfathers..they passed away before I could meet them. My condolences...
     
  15. racer_x

    racer_x New Member

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    Sorry for your loss OP.Mines been gone about 5 years now.I miss him almost everyday.
     
  16. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    My sincere condolences.
     
  17. heymatthew

    heymatthew New Member

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    Thoughts and prayers to you and yours. May the new year bring you hope, happiness and all of God's blessings. Know that your grandfather is in a wonderful place now.
     
  18. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'm sorry for you and your family's loss. He still lives in your heart.
     
  19. PC167

    PC167 New Member

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    My condolences...
     
  20. eldarbeast

    eldarbeast New Member

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    Remembering all the good times will keep him alive in your memories.

    eldar