As far as tragedies go, this last year has been a crazy roller coaster-ride. Sadly, A recently learned that his grandfather died. It came to us as a shock, but things happen and we have to fight through it and hopefully come out stronger, at least that’s the plan. But this is easier said than done.
George, A’s grandpa, was a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and a devoted firefighter. In fact he was, what I would call a true American hero. So great a person, that even in his will, he insisted, “in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in George’s name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Boston, MA, the Pediatric Burn Unit, C/O Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607, or to the Peterborough Fire Department, 16 Summer St., Peterborough, NH, 03458.”
From what I learned from A, George would have done anything, to help and save the people. Even after he retired, he still stayed around and kept the people safe. Keeping people safe. It seems like such an odd occupation. But he did just that. He was a quiet man with a great personality. A loyal husband, a devoted father and a hero. If anything, that was his true profession.
Although I never met him, my heart goes out to A and his family in these dark hours. A will fly from Oslo to Boston at the end of this month. Family and friends will all get together and attend a wonderful ceremony in Peterborough. They will celebrate a true hero’s life. The people he kept safe, the people he touched by his sheer presence, the souls he saved from awful flames and tragedies, they now will get together and show him the respect he deserves.
If you want to read more about a true American hero, that will be greatly missed, please read the following link and if you are in the area, please stop by and support A and his family. Please also feel invited to help out the Shriners Hospital for children in Boston, the Pediatric Burn Unit in Tampa, Florida or the Peterborough Fire Department in Peterborough, NH.
Grandpa B. was awesome and I’m sorry I didn’t get more time to spend with him. He will be missed by all of us. I never met a more young at heart octogenarian!!! I won’t be able to make it to the memorial, but T. will and I know that it will be an amazing service.