Wassup Grandad?

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Thursday 17 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

My maternal granddad died in the mid 70s when I was still in short trousers at school. But I have very fond memories of the guy. He was a simple soul, an honest hard-working man who was a big part of my childhood. After his war service, that saw him suffer lung damage from the barrage balloons he tended over the skies of London, he went on to work as a gravedigger, and almost died doing the job, especially when digging a ‘family grave’ once.

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He then went on to spend many years working in a cigarette factory before semi-retiring as a gardener. Unfortunately the earlier damage was exacerbated by the ‘200 free perks a week’ of the factory toll; the combined result sending him to his own grave by 71 or 72.

Nevertheless, he was a kind man, and probably the one man who I’d like to think was proud of who I am today. This was lil’ ol Spike, back in the day, with the old fella himself.

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36 thoughts on “Wassup Grandad?

  1. NikiMarie says:

    Lovely photo! He looks so happy to have you 🙂

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  2. Such love in his eyes for little you. Lovely photo.

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  3. Good looks must run in the family there, Spike. 😀

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  4. ballerina95 says:

    Well aren’t you the cutie 🙂 nice human interest photo

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this story Uncle Spike, it’s such an honor to hear the story of your grandpa. Mine passed away exactly 7 months ago today, and words can’t describe how much I love and miss him. Granparents are something to be grateful for, the world is a better place because of them.

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  6. Sue Slaght says:

    Lovely photo and what a treasure. Those bloody awful cigarettes 😦

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  7. lizard100 says:

    I’ve a similar one of me and my grandad who also died in the seventies. I often wish if known him longer.

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  8. Gill McGrath says:

    That is so sweet.What a lovely photograph. Photographs don’t get better than that. 🙂

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  9. pavanneh says:

    What a great picture. You can tell he loved you!

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  10. AnnetteM says:

    What a lovely photograph! He looks so proud of you and you look so interested in him.

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  11. aaanchalk says:

    This is absolutely a adorable pic. All the respect for your grandpa. And look at lil uncle spikey 🙂

    xx
    Aanchal

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