Tribute To Pop

August 18, 2010

Pop was born on Mother’s Day in 1918

Postcard 1918

Boy

He graduated in 1940 from the Johns Hopkins University Business School, first in his class. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and was a Communications Officer. I once interviewed him for a high school project and he told me a story about how his ship was saved from bombing by a few degrees of a turn he’d helped make on the ship’s path earlier that day.

Pop was in charge of carrying the champagne to the USS Missouri, where the treaty was signed.

In 1946 he was home on leave and went to pick up my grandmother’s friend’s older sister on a date, she took too long to get ready. My Gram was over at her friend’s house and Pop and Gram started talking while he waited and they fell instantly in love. They were married just weeks later on Four Six Four Six, April 6, 1946.

Me as Baby

Pop loved all kinds of music and could be found humming hymns or Broadway tunes. One of his favorite songs was "Alberta Bound," and he’d crank up the volume on the stereo and my cousins and I would dance around with him.

Pop loved Noxema (due to a family tie with the company!) and always smelled of it – the original flavor. My mom inherited the affinity and can’t leave her house without it, and I did too.

As Kids

He loved to garden and "edging."

He could come up with limericks and puns on the spot.

He was a human calculator.

He could often be found eating Raisin Bran and drinking orange juice at the kitchen table with the paper in hand. A weekend with Pop meant brushing up on current events in advance, because you never knew what would come up in conversation.

Bench in 90s

And he loved his dogs so much. Every night he had "Cookie Time" and he’d sit in a chair and they’d gather around him and he’d feed them bites of doggie treats.

Wedding 

He liked his Manhattans on the rocks, extra sweet. Same as me :)

Me with G and P

He loved the Orioles (and threw out a first pitch for his 90th birthday!) and was a die-hard Duke basketball fan.

Orieoles

He could carry a conversation with anyone (and did!) and often kept servers tableside for 15 minutes asking them about their life goals.

Three Gens

He had a sweatshirt for every college we grandchildren attended, including one that read "Kiehne University" (his last name)

He was so proud of us all.

Family Reunion

His KERF sweatshirt was the latest in the collection.

Homeward Bound

And according to some of the staff in his building, "He loved to talk about that blog."

KERF Sweatshirt

We will all miss him dearly.

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1 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

this gave me chills. I really should call my grandparents more often!

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2 Jessica @ How Sweet August 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

Beautiful tribute, Kath!

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3 Amy August 18, 2010 at 11:33 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your post made my eyes water and made me miss my Grandfather who passed away quite some time ago. It’s great that you have so many wonderful memories of him, don’t ever forget them. :)

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4 Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy August 18, 2010 at 11:33 am

Such a touching tribute.

It looks as though he lived a full and happy life.

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5 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 18, 2010 at 11:34 am

this brought tears to my eyes, what a beautiful tribute to your pop. he has an amazing legacy on in you :)

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6 Evan Thomas August 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

He sounds like a great man; I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.

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7 Jenny August 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

Oh my goodness, what a sweet person! This is a wonderful tribute (so genuine and heartfelt… gave me the chills too!). I’m sure you have done him and his great traits justice and, somewhere, he’s happy he got to appear on your blog! This post really makes me miss my grandparents and reminds of the great people they were too… (Pretty powerful post if it can do that.)

I don’t know your “Pop”, but somehow I definitely second your last statement: I’m sure he will be dearly missed.

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8 Bethany @ More Fruit Please August 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

Awww Kath, that was really sweet. I started tearing up at the memory of my own grandfather. He seems like he was an amazing man. What a wonderful tribute to him. <3

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9 Rachel August 18, 2010 at 11:36 am

tears.

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10 KatyRuns August 18, 2010 at 11:36 am

One of my favorite posts of yours. Thanks for sharing some of your memories of your Pop with us.

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11 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

That’s a beautiful post. I especially love how he met your gran – SO romantic.
RIP x

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12 Marie August 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

Such a beautiful post, Kath! It nearly had me in tears. What a wonderful man and what an abundantly beautiful life he lead! I loved the story of how he met your grandma! :)

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13 Kamaile August 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

That was very sweet. Your family is blessed to have such a legacy.

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14 Tanya August 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

A glorious tribute! Am grateful that like Pop, my grandparents were so wonderful I miss them every day. I am sorry for you loss and also happy that you were blessed with such a great Pop!

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15 Colleen August 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

Kath, your grandfather sounds like a wonderful man and perfect Pop. I’m so sorry for your loss. xoxo

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16 Teri August 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

Such a great tribute to him!

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17 Carolyn @ lovinlosing August 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

Wonderful tribute! Sorry for your loss.

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18 stacey August 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Your Pop sounds like a remarkable man who was truly loved. This post was a beautiful tribute to him.

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19 angierunner August 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

Looks like he was such a sweet old man! I am sorry for your loss

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20 Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) August 18, 2010 at 11:42 am

This was a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. He was clearly very proud of you. My grandfather did the same with talking to restaurant staff — they jokingly called him “the professor” (even though he wasn’t) at the diners he frequented. :)

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21 Camille August 18, 2010 at 11:45 am

I think this is my favorite post you have ever done. He sounds like he was an incredible man.

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22 Dorry August 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

Oh Kath – how incredibly sweet is this tribute? Thanks for sharing – I know a family loss is always a tough time but he clearly had a full, blessed life. I LOVE that he had a KERF sweatshirt and talked to people about your blog – precious.

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23 mal August 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

What an absolutely beautiful post, Kath. I am sorry for your loss but I’m sure you will remember him for eternity. <3

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24 Juliene August 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

Beautiful tribute to a man who I’m sure was an excellent man, father, grandfather, uncle and much more!

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25 Sarah @ SeaEatsArt August 18, 2010 at 11:51 am

Kath, that was such a great post. I am at work right now with tears in my eyes. I hope no one looks over here :) What great memories of your Pops.

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26 Allison August 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

Wow! What an accomplished man with a fantastic work ethic. Your family is so, for lack of a better word, “fancy”. I’ll bet less than 5% of the population was able to graduate from college in the 1940s, much less from Johns Hopkins. Fancy, fancy.

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27 H-woman August 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

I’m so sorry that you’ve lost such a wonderful member of your family.

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28 Judy August 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

Oh Kath,

That was a wonderful tribute. I’m teary eyed for all of you….God Bless and my prayers are wil you.
Judy

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29 Kelly August 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

Aww so sweet. Thanks for sharing about your pop, he sounds like an amazing person.

I have a similar anniversary… Four Six Eight – April 6, 2008 :)

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30 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 18, 2010 at 11:53 am

This brought tears to my eyes. My grandfather is way up in his 80s. I so rarely get to fly back home to Indiana, and every single time, I fear it will be the last time I get to hug him or talk to him.

I love that he wore your KERF sweatshirt. Peace be with your family. :)

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31 LaShaune August 18, 2010 at 11:53 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences.

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32 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 18, 2010 at 11:53 am

Kath, what a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. I’m sorry for loss, but thank you for sharing this with us.

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33 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

What a beautiful tribute!

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34 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday August 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

Beautiful Tribute Kath!

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35 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

This is such a touching tribute to an obviously wonderful person. It’s very inspiring to see what a full and rich life he led.

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36 Jessica August 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

I’m sorry for your loss. He seemed like a great person. Thanks for sharing.

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37 Carrie @ TV and Dinners August 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

Beautiful, touching tribute. You made me feel like I knew him.

I’m so sorry for your loss, but I’m so happy for you that you got to have Pop in your life.

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38 Mandy A August 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Kath, this was a beautiful tribute! I’m tearing up here!

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39 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Oh Kath that is so sweet. He seems like a great grandpa! I am happy for you to have the memories! It is so great that he lived such a full life and you were a part of it.

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40 lauri Watson August 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Such a sweet tribute! Brought tears to my eyes! I Love the KERF shirt on pop and I’m glad you have so many fond memories of him!

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41 Lindsey August 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Such wonderful pictures and stories about your grandfather. It brought a tear to my eye because it reminded me so much of my grandfather, especially the Raisin Bran and Broadway tunes – perhaps it’s a Baltimore thing since I grew up there too. It’s always the little memories that will keep you smiling and remembering

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42 Lauren August 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

wonderful homage. best wishes to you and your family during this time.

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43 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Wow, what an amazing man! And such a lovely tribute to him too – absolutely beautiful, Kath!

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44 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

This is such a thoughtful and endearing tribute, I genuinely enjoyed reading it. It sounds like your grandfather lived a full, rewarding life–we really can’t ask for much more. :) May he rest in peace. All the best to you and yours, Kath.

Hugs,
Jenn

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45 TorontoGirloutWest August 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Beautiful. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful man in your life.

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46 lisasfoods August 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm

This brought tears to my eyes. You captured his life so well, and you and your family must have been really proud to have him in your life.

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47 missy August 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Beautiful tribute, Kath.

Pop sounds like a wonderful man, who was well loved and by many. I love that the characterics used to describe him, “eternally optimistic, generous, intellectually curious and unflappable” fit you so well also. Hugs to you and your family.

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48 Tracey August 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Wonderful tribute to a wonderful man!

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49 Tina August 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Him in the KERF sweatshirt is too cute. He sounds like an amazing man.

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50 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

What a rockin’ grampa! Especially since he loves those Blue Devils :)

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51 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Kath this post brought tears to my eyes! What a sweet man with a wonderful life!

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52 Jill E. August 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm

i am so sorry for your loss kath. what a beautiful tribute.

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53 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops August 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Beautiful tribute! I love the story of how he met his wife!

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54 Joanne August 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

So sorry for your loss. It is a beautiful tribute to a very lovely man. God Bless.

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55 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats August 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I got kind of choked up reading this! What a sweet, unique and fireball of a Grandpa you had. It sounds like he was well loved and will be dearly missed. Glad you can be with your whole family right now.

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56 Sassy Molassy August 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Aw, pop is so cute. Sorry for your family’s loss. He sounds amazing!

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57 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! August 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

What a lovely tribute to your Grandfather, who sounds like a truly lovely person! I wish you and your family comfort and strength as you remember him for the special man that he was.

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58 Colleen August 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

A beautiful tribute! I got tears in the eyes reading your pop’s story and remembering mine own grandfather’s life and passing (almost 3 yrs ago).

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59 Stepf August 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Kath,
What a touching and beautiful tribute to your grandfather. Such a life he lived! Thanks for sharing, and I’ll keep your family in my thoughts.
Stepf

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60 RhodeyGirl Tests August 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

What a beautiful tribute Kath. Thank you for sharing that with us.

Once again, I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy for you that you have such wonderful memories with your Pop.

xo,
S

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61 Eileen August 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Wonderful tribute! I see the seeds and roots of a fantastic family. (((HUGS)))

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62 Ruby August 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Kath,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing your Pop with us through this post. It made me tear up. My grandmother died last summer and it was hard to say goodbye. I can tell that he loved you and knew that you loved him, too. And that is what life is all about.

Sincerely,
Ruby

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63 Nicole - yuppie yogini August 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Wonderful tribute. Your Pop looks so sweet in the KERF sweatshirt!

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64 AmyJoGo August 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I never knew my Grandfather. Yours sounds like an amazing one.

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65 Beth @ Will Run for Books August 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I am sitting like a fool eating lunch at my desk and crying reading this post.

My thoughts go out to your family.

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66 Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Wow girl you pop sounds like an amazing person, you were so lucky to know him. Hugs and kisses from this part of Texas to you.

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67 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

What a beautiful life. Brought tears to my eyes.
I love that he used Noxema too!

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68 Liz August 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Kath, it’s amazing how much you, your mother and grandmother look alike. So sorry for the loss of your grandfather.

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69 Amanda August 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Your Pop sounds like he was one of a kind. How wonderful that you got to know him so well – I am sure that most of us do not know so much about our grandparents!! Your tribute was beautiful, and I’m thinking of you and your family today.

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70 Kathryn August 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Such a lovely eulogy. Thanks for sharing. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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71 R @ Learning As I Chop August 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

So sorry for your loss

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72 Anne August 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Ohh Kath, what a sweet tribute to your beloved Pop! I am so sorry to hear of his passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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73 Brittney August 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm

You did it to me again Kath- I totally teared up reading this. Your love and appreciation for your pop really shines through. Awesome tribute :)

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74 Christa @ O, Cake! August 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Kath, this was a lovely post. Thank you for taking the time to share with your readers the great man that your grandfather was. My great-grandmother passed away 4 years ago (at 98!) and it was a comfort to all of us to know that she had lived a long, full life.

Best wishes to you & yours today.

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75 Ilana August 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm

This is so lovely! Pop sounds like a remarkable man, and much like my grandpa (WW II, self-made success story, friendliness to servers). I hope that writing this tribute is therapeutic for you. It made me feel as if I knew him. :) All best to you and the KERF fam.

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76 Lauren @ laurenINlawrence August 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

He seems extraordinary – so great to have had so many years of your life with him to learn and laugh.

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77 Kori August 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I love hearing all about different people’s life stories. Everyone is so unique, and I always feel that they have so much wisdom to offer. I know I certainly felt that way about my grandparents. Your grandfather seemed to have led such an incredible life, and I am so glad that it seems as though he was able to pass down so many wonderful traits, etc. to you and the rest of your family. You and your family are definitely in my thoughts. I am so sorry for your loss.

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78 Anne August 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I hardly comment, but this was so sweet.

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79 Jessica August 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Kath, I’m sorry for your loss. He sounds like an amazing man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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80 Abigail August 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Have been reading for awhile but first time commenting. So sorry about your Pops. He seemed like a great man.

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81 Tiffany August 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

What a beautiful tribute. This post definitely brought on watery eyes and made me miss my grandmother so much.

I am so sorry for your loss, but he lived such a full, wonderful life and his legacy definitely lives on in you.

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82 Kathy W. August 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Your Pop was obviously surrounded by love, and I’m sure he felt it every day. Lovely tribute!

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83 Jessica August 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I too am sitting at my desk, eating my lunch and crying like a fool. I think you’ve honored Pop’s memory in a beautiful way. Cheers to a life well-lived.

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84 Lindsay in Indy August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss! But it’s evident by your writing he was a wonderful man who was blessed with a wonderful family! All the best!

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85 Michelle August 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Great tribute Kath. Thanks for sharing Pop with us. I miss my grandparents too. Grandparents are special people.

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86 Kaci Higgins August 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm

That was such a beautiful post. I loved learning about him. It sounds like he was most definitely a hard worker and loving person. The last line about your blog choked me up a little. I’m so sorry for your loss Kath.

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87 Mellissa August 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

This made me cry and think about my grandparents and how little I knew about their lives!

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88 victoria August 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

A lovely tribute…thank you for sharing…

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89 courtney August 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Aww, Kath, this brought tears to my eyes. Your grandfather sounds like an amazing man with an amazing life. Thank you for sharing with us, I am so sorry for your loss.

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90 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm

What a great man who lead a great life. Just keep thinking of all those great memories.

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91 Katie @ peacebeme August 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I love family history and old photographs. :) Glad you were close.

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92 Maissa August 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

This made me tear up, and you should know I REALLY don’t cry easily. He sounds like a wonderful man, and he was so lucky to be surrounded by you and your family. I love how proud he seemed of your blog. That’s wonderful!

Really, really beautiful tribute.

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93 Alison August 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

That was a beautiful tribute.

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94 Esse August 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Ahh, what a beautiful tribute and such nice memories. Take care, Kath.

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95 Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Such a beautiful tribute! I’m picking up my phone to call my Grandpa as soon as I hit “submit!”

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96 Ella August 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Thanks for this Kath. I too have lost my grandfather and grandmother in the last year, and remembering them as you did with this post is the best way to keep them alive in your heart.

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97 Sonja August 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm

This was really beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. It’s obvious that he was a wonderful man and was loved by many. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

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98 Lauren August 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

This was so beautiful, Kath. He reminds me a lot of my grandfather. I hope you and your family feel love and comfort during your grieving.

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99 Sarah August 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm

sounds like he was a wonderful grandpa! i am so sorry for you loss and hope you are doing ok!

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100 Julianne August 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

You grandfather sounds like a wonderful man and I love this tribute. This post reminded me of my grandfather, who served in the navy on the USS Missouri.

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101 anne August 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Beautiful tribute Kath. I love all of the pictures.

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102 Sarah August 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

What a beautiful post, Kath! I’m all teary-eyed. Your Pop sounds like an incredible man. I love that pic of him in his KERF gear. Lots of love from me to your family.

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103 Jen August 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Kath – this is an extremely touching and heartwarming post. It seems like your grandfather was active and happy until his passing. What a blessing. Again, my thoughts are with you now.

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104 Sherry August 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I’m sorry for your loss. You are very fortunate to have called such a seemingly remarkable man your grandfather.

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105 Andrea August 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

What a great tribute Kath. You’re very lucky to have had him in your life for this long. My grandfather passed away when I was in college and he never got to meet my husband (or our wonderful children for that matter). We named our oldest son, Sam, after him.

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106 Donna Porter August 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm

What a beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing the story of your Pop! He looks like quite the handful…full of spunk I bet :) It is times like these that I miss having grandparents. I have one grandmother who lives too far away :( My dad’s parents were killed long before I was born. I wish for you many wonderful memories and moments of pure beauty in his memory and honor :)

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107 Brittany August 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Very thoughtful and happy tribute to a what sounds to be an incredible grandfather. What a great life he had.

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108 Madeline August 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Your grandfather sounds like an amazing person. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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109 Laura August 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

This was such a beautiful tribute to him…brought a little lump to my throat as i reached the end. i cherish my family so much and things like this really reinforce how special they are! xx

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110 Tina August 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

What a very nice tribute! Made me think of my grandpa-he’s been gone 5 years now. He also was in the army in WWII. Its great you had so many years with him!

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111 Allison K August 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Kath, that was so beautiful.

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112 erica August 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

this is so touching! i had to fight back some tears reading this…no crying (and blog reading) at work! haha.

i love how your grandparents met and got married! such a great story.

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113 Money Funk August 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

That is an interesting tidbit on the four six four six. And did you know that Noxema was originally used (as I hear) for treating exema – No (e)Xema. I think its the cooling sensation. It worked on my daughter’s exema just as much as cooling a sunburn. But make sure to use the original. Nice tribute!

I especially love hearing about people that met and married after a very short time of knowing eachother and making it last forever. Only seems to be heard with the older gen.

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114 Mom August 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Money Funk,

So glad you like Noxema! It helps with a variety of skin irritiations, and you’re right about the exema! My brother had a girlfriend once who refused to allow him to use Noxema and it caused quite a stir in the family.

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115 Anita August 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I am so sorry for your lose. This was a wonderful tribute, it brought tears to my eyes. Those of us who are fortunate to have AWESOME grandparents that are involved and caring are extremely lucky. I am thankful everyday for the unconditional love and support my grandparents give me and my cousins. Your family is in my prayers.

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116 tia August 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Beautiful Post Kath, Such a lovely way to pay tribute, you have such lovely photographs to look back on. Hug.

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117 Amber K August 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

That was beautiful. =)

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118 jen August 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

this post is so sweet. it made me tear up and miss my grandparents who passed away years ago so very much.

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119 Maggie(livingfoodjunkie) August 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Beautiful post Kath, my favorite :) Brought tears to my eyes, like most of your other readers that commented :) He sounded like a wonderful person, father, grandfather and man :)

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120 Liza @ Health Nutting August 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

This is beautiful. I’m so sorry for your loss. He sounds like quite a special person.

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121 Mom August 18, 2010 at 2:36 pm

This is Mama Kerf being bossy. Everyone call or write your grandparents in the next 24 hours! You don’t know when they will go, and grandparents love NOTHING better than hearing from grandchildren.

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122 Paula August 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

That was beautiful. What full, rich life your Pop led.

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123 sarah k @ the pajam chef August 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

a wonderful man…thanks for sharing

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124 Margherita August 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Kath, you are lucky and blessed to have had a Pop like yours. He seemed like a wonderful person–is it odd to say that I wish I met him?

And I love the comment from your Mom.

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125 Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness August 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

This is a beautiful tribute. While I am sorry for your loss, it is wonderful that you have so many happy memories of and with your Pop. As Emily Dickinson once wrote, “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”

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126 Lisa@wantbelieveachieve August 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

what a beautiful post about your pop. i actually started tearing up when reading it. i am so sorry for your loss.

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127 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice August 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

It’s always so hard to lose a loved one. He sounds like a wonderful man. My condolences goes out to you and your family.

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128 Courtney August 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Kath, I’m so sorry about your grandfather. I’ve enjoyed seeing him on the blog over the years. It definitely seems like he had a great life.

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129 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I teared up while reading this. I can tell just by reading this that Pop was loved by his family and was a wonderful grandfather. I’m so sorry for your loss. Hug your family lots today.

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130 Beth @ DiningAndDishing August 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm

What a sweet tribute. He is absolutely adorable. My thoughts are with you and your family today Kath!

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131 Erin Jones August 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

This made me cry. I was super close to my grandfather who passed away three and a half years ago…he always smelled of Safeguard soap. And every time I get a whiff of it I think of him and smile.

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132 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Wow, what an amazing tribute to your grandfather. He was an amazing man.

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133 Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm

This was SO sweet to read, Kath. Best wishes for your family during a hard time.

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134 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

What a sweet post, Kath. I am so sorry for your loss, he seemed like a great man. <3

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135 Patti August 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm

K
I am sorry about your grandfather. I am new to your blog and stumbled across this post. Your grandfather lived near us in Baltimore. MY mom died 2 years ago and she was about your grand dad’s age. I miss her very much. May he rest in peace. I can’t resist someone who loves life and the Orioles. P>S> YOur blog is a true find. I’m so glad I did.

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136 Taysa August 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm

That was a very sweet post about a wonderful man–what a life to celebrate!

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137 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I loved the part about keeping waiters at the table. :) and that he was in charge of carrying the champagne to the USS Missouri! That’s absolutely incredible. No doubt he touched hundreds of people’s lives and continues to do so- especially through this post. :)

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138 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm

This was such a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. He seems like such a great man. :D

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139 E August 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Mama Kerf. We’ll be sure to do that! I need the reminder more than you know. And just so you both know – we talked about your Pop in our meeting this morning. Everyone traded stories and laughter. Hopefully this day is filled with much family time for you all.

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140 Mom August 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

E,

Thanks so much! He loved all of you. Getting ready to go over to another gathering at my brother’s.

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141 Danielle (Runs on Green) August 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

This was really sweet & I hope you and your family are doing well. He seemed like a great man :)

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142 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog August 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Sniff. Love you, girl.

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143 Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward August 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm

This post was a beautiful tribute to your pop. Hope you are doing well.

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144 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

This is a beautiful post, Kath. Thanks for sharing your grandfather’s life with us – it looks like he had a wonderful one!

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145 Laura Ann August 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Beautiful post, brought me to tears. Sounds like an amazing person.

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146 Marla August 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

How lucky you and your family are to be able to be together to celebrate his life.

How wonderful you had such a great relationship with your grandfather.

Grandparents are so precious and often our time is cut short with them.It is nice to read that you had lots of time with someone you treasured.

May some special part of his spirit be always on your shoulder,and may certain things make you remember him and feel his energy.

Deepest sympathy to his wife in the days and months ahead,especially when all of you have headed back home.

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147 Sheri August 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm

What a lovely tribute Kath. Grandparents are just so dear…I only have one left my Nana and she lives way across the country..I do miss her! I hope you enjoy much family time today.

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148 Mac August 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Beautiful tribute! Grandparents are the best.

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149 Cammy@ClassroomConfessions August 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

This is such a sweet memorial of your grandfather Kath. I hope you and your family are hanging in there. *hugs*

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150 Callie August 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I teared up reading that… he sounded like a great man and lived an amazing life!
Sorry for your loss, stay strong and hang in there. ):

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151 Becky August 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

What a beautiful tribute! Enjoy the time with the family and let the memories sustain his light!

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152 Sherrie August 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm

What a great tribute! Your family seems so close, so I’m sure it’s hard for you all.

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153 Janet August 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

What a nice post! I’m sorry for your family’s loss – you were lucky to have him!

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154 katie August 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Beautiful tribute. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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155 neen@ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Kath what a moving post, it must have taken alot out of you to write it, it certainly took som from me, reading it. no words can take grief away i only hope you and your family can go on remembering the wonderful things about you pop that you have described here. x

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156 Kayte August 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I do not even know the man and I already miss him! Sorry for your loss Kath.
Thanks for inspiring me to stop dieting and take control of my health.(even though I am old enough to be your MOM!)

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157 Brittany August 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I know I am late on this, but sorry for your loss Kath. This was a very sweet post!

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158 Kris August 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm

What a lovely, touching post.

Bless you all.

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159 Lisa @bakebikeblog August 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Oh Kath – what a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man! What an amazing life he had!

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160 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

What a great tribute to your Pop. And I have to say- in that first picture of him as a boy, I can totally see the resemblance. You look a lot like him! :)

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161 klm August 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm

That made me tear up! I always thought he was just the cutest old man when you posted pictures of him on your blog. Sending my love + sympathy your way. Ox.

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162 lena August 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. Sounds like he lived a very full and loved life.

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163 sarah (the SHU box) August 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

i just got a little teary, kath! your grandfather sounds like a wonderful, wonderful man.

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164 Sandy August 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Absolutely heartfelt..I’m so sorry for the loss of Pop..Prayers for your family and for Gram,hard to lose her best friend..Take care!!

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165 Ashley August 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

i like him so much, kath! he sounds excellent. they dont make ‘em like that anymore. so sorry for your loss.

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166 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Not to be inappropriate, but when I had only read the title of your post, I thought you were referring to pop, as in soda, soft drink, etc. We call it pop where I’m from! But I was even more happy to read about your wonderful grandfather. What a special tribute.

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167 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Once again I’m so sorry about your loss. Your Pops sounds like he was an amazing man, and so supportive of his family. I love that he had a KERF sweatshirt – so adorable! I hope you & your family are doing well right now. :)

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168 andrea August 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

how beautiful…that looks like jfk in edison…is it?

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169 kelly August 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Really touching post. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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170 Alice August 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

So beautiful, my condolences for your loss. But thank you for sharing your Pop with us.

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171 Heather August 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

what a sweet heartfelt post. He sounds like a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss.

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172 Bev August 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Such sweet memories of a man you truly adored . RIP Pop !

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173 Angela August 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Kath, your tribute brought tears to my eyes and really reflected what a wonderful man your grandfather really was. Please let your family know that they are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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174 kelly August 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm

It’s so awesome that you had such a great relationship with him! What a treasure!

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175 Justy2003 August 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

So sorry to hear about your pops passing away. It sounds like he led a great, fulfilling life and a legacy that you all will remember. Hope you’re enjoying spending time with the family.

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176 Jen August 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I’m sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful person. How great that you were able to have his presence and influence in your life.

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177 Wei-Wei August 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

What a bittersweet, beautiful tribute. Your grandfather seems like an amazing man.

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178 Chelsea August 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I’m sitting here crying like a baby. I know how close you were with Pop. Hugs.

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179 sarita August 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Beautiful! and the Beauty is everywhere!

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180 Shannon, Tropical Eats August 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Oh Kath, great tribute! I really need to call up my grandpa… our family has been having some communication issues with eachother after my grandma passed away. She was the glue of the family!

Thinking of you and your family! Stay strong

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181 Carol Hoyt August 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Kath , Your best post yet . How wonderful for your Grandfather to be remembered in such a heartfelt tribute . My prayers are with you and your entire family. Memories are the golden threads that tie us together forever ….. how lucky you are to have had him in your life .

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182 Dee August 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

What a touching tribute…. I have tears in my eyes… {hug}

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183 Kristen August 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I am so sorry Kath. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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184 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Aww, this is so sweet. I’m so sorry for you loss. Sounds like you had the most amazing relationship.

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185 coco August 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm

very beautiful and warm post! :)

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186 Pam Lambert August 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

You are soooo lucky to have known such a wonderful man!

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187 [email protected] August 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I am sorry for your loss. I am glad you are getting to spend time with your family!

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188 Noelle August 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Hi Kath, I worked with your Pop (or Mr. Kiehne as many of us called him) at LMCM — they sent your blog post around today so that we could all read it. What a wonderful tribute. Your grandfather was a true one of a kind and had the kindest spirit I’ve ever known. I feel blessed to have known him and to have spent time with him. He did love this blog and was so proud of you — he told me about Katheats often (and I’m definitely going to start reading it!). Seometimes he would follow-up the conversation by telling me about how he was going to start his own social network for older people called “Face Lift.” He also talked about how you graduated from Davidson (I was a W&L graduate myself, and so we would talk about how the schools were similar), and told me often how beautiful (and natural!) you looked at your wedding. He was so excited for my engagement, which happened just weeks after my 30th birthday — thanks Spencer!! It sounds like you have many wonderful memories of your grandfather, and I think we’re all better off for having known him!

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189 Kath August 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Noelle,
Thank you so much for this heartfelt comment – you really captured him! Go Spencer :)
K

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190 Mom August 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Noelle, I’ll tell my mom! So cool that someone sent around K’s blog. Dad would be thrilled.

Barbara Kiehne Younger

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191 *Andrea* August 18, 2010 at 7:39 pm

very sweet tribute! he seemed like an amazing man who lived a full and meaningful life.. one that we should all aspire to <3

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192 Hannah August 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Beautiful tribute – I’m sure he’d be overwhelmed with pride to know how highly you think of him.

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193 Rachel S August 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm

What a wonderful tribute…I nearly teared up reading this and it seems like he lived a very fulfilling life. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

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194 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life August 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Just teared up reading this… what a special man.

Thinking of you and your family…

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195 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) August 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I’ll admit I’m a little teary. Grandparents are such a beautiful gift that some people never have. Pop sounds like he was an incredible man, and I love the story of how your grandparents met. <3 He was clearly very proud of you, how sweet that his neighbors knew about KERF. Beautiful tribute, Kath.

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196 Lauren @ 40Apples August 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

This is a lovely tribute, Kath. Wishing you and your family the best.

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197 Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm

What a BEAUTIFUL tribute.

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198 Emily August 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Whew… you brought tears to my eyes… Pop sounds like an amazing person to have been blessed with in your life. My grandfather passed away in June and it was heart wrenching as he was without question the backbone of my family. My heart goes out to you during your time of loss. The only thing that got me through it was knowing that he finally got his wish… to be with his bride :) My grandmother passed away about 6 years ago and every single day since, she’s the only thing that’s been on his mind.

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199 Jac August 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I’m in the office (don’t tell anyone) while reading this and i had a tear in my eye. If i was at home, it’d be worse. Once again, i’m really sorry for your loss. Your grandpa was a great man, just by reading this.

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200 Liz August 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm

So sorry for your loss. Great tribute to your obviously beloved grandfather!

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201 elaine! August 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

My condolences to you and your family. You were incredibly lucky to have that relationship with him. Also, I love the story of him and your grandma… my grandma proposed to my grandma on their first date. :) She said no, naturally, but that didn’t stop him, lol.

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202 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up August 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm

He seems like he was a wonderful man. Your family is in my thoughts!

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203 Michelle August 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Kath, such a wonderful tribute to your Pop! You all were very blessed to have a man like that in your lives, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

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204 Kelli August 19, 2010 at 12:47 am

this was precious.

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205 Kim August 19, 2010 at 4:52 am

What a beautiful tribute to your pop…. He looked like a wonderful, loving man!! He must’ve been sooooo proud of you!! My thoughts are with you and your family….

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206 KATIE August 19, 2010 at 7:51 am

wow – so beautiful! I have tears in my eyes sitting at my desk.

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207 tiffany August 19, 2010 at 8:12 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Your post today was such a moving tribute to him.

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208 Erica August 19, 2010 at 10:25 am

Simply beautiful…’nuff said :-)

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209 Elmer Bley August 19, 2010 at 11:34 am

What great pictures and great memories.
My memories of “Ernie Causy’s Kienough For You and Me” go back to the early days of Divinity and the private bus line that ran downtown.
Your Dad and I had a labor of love on the Divinity of Church Council. He was always elequent with those minutes.
Then there were the many conversations as we traveling to and from work on the bus. Always lively indeed. He would often say to my friend Frank Weiss, “you be Frank and I’ll be Earnest”.
Mostly I remember him as a man of treat integrity – plus a lot of wit and humor – and eternal optomism.
Blessings to you all at this time.

Elmer

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210 Mom August 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Mr. Bley!!!!

So cool to hear from you. The funeral at Divinity was lovely.

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211 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear August 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

This was a beautiful post.

I’ve been thinking about my German Opa a lot lately and have just recently started exchanging letters with him (we live in different countries) and I treasure all the letters he sends, which he writes with his 40 years old writing machine :) He’s over 80, so I know our years together will come to an end someday (too soon!) so I love being in contact with him like this, when the distance makes seeing each other face to face a bit challenging.

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212 Mom August 20, 2010 at 5:27 am

Oh Anne! How lovely.

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213 Niki (Running in Pink) August 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Beautiful tribute! It sounds like he was a wonderful man and lived a full, happy life. I love the pictures of him in the KERF sweatshirt! :)

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214 Aisha August 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

He sounds like a lovely man. This is a beautiful tribute. I am sorry for your loss.

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215 Laura March 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Just re-read this post as you linked it with your latest one. You captured your “Pop’s” essence with such sweet and endearing words. Brought a tear to my eye thinking about how special our grandparents are and how lucky those of us are to have had their beautiful influence marked in our lives. Blessings to Gram, and the rest of your family! : ) XO

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216 Kate May 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I know it’s been a few years, but I’m sorry for your loss. I actually learned about your blog from your grandfather; in high school, I worked in the building he lived in and he talked highly of it. He seemed like a really nice man.

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217 KathEats May 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

Aww, thanks for stopping by. So cool you knew him!

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