“He taught me how to be a grandpa,” one of our friends said.
Paw Paw was known by everyone at Presbyterian Christian School. He was the first one to show up and the last one to leave at every game.
After introductions, he always insisted, “Just call me Paw Paw.”
He came to every game, roasted or boiled peanuts in tow. He vehemently cheered on each team, staying long after his own two grandsons were finished.
“I have to cheer for all my other kids,” Paw Paw would say.
Though Paw Paw wasn’t a bit kin to us, he was the only grandparent my kids really knew. He showed up on Saturdays for recreational soccer, made it on Friday nights for the football games, sometimes driving a couple of hours.
Wherever Paw Paw went, he had a smile on his face and a cheery hello on his tongue. I never once hard a negative comment other than, “Come on Ref, get your head in the game.”
When the games didn’t go well, he would be one of the first on the field to tell the boys, “hold your head high, you played your best, you’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.”
Paw Paw always treated my children like his own grandkids. He talked to them, gave them advice, encouraged them. They thought of Paw Paw as family.
He valued the time with his own family, but he also valued other people.
We never knew until Paw Paw’s funeral last year that he had been an orphan and grew up under difficult circumstances. You would’ve never known, he never let on. He was a joy to be around.
Paw Paw invested his time in what he deemed as most important in this life… people.
He taught us all at Presbyterian Christian School what it meant to be a grandparent.
In Loving Memory
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Famous Paw Paw quotes:
If you asked him if he needed anything, he would say,
“Just a few kind words.”
“There are two types of people in this world, givers and takers – Which are you? I’m a giver.”
“When it gets past your children and your grandchildren, then nothing else matters.”
“The difference between good and great is just a little effort.”
“Always be as good as your word. Always do what you say.”
“Always be early.”
“Get on with the program!” ( In other words, Don’t have self-pity, just get up, dust yourself off and move on.)
“There are not challenges in the world, only opportunities.”
“You see that boy out there? That’s my grandson. He’s just like his mama, some kind of fine athlete.”
“How are you today? It’s good to be alive, ain’t it?”