My Grandpa: Charles Stone
After a painful and heartbreaking battle with cancer, my Grandfather passed away, surrounded by those that he loved, on Thursday, December 17th, 2009, at 3:57pm.
The love that he gave me, and the lessons that he taught me, have heavily influenced the man that I am today.
My Grandpa was a decorated fireman. He was a brave, and honored man. He was born in, grew up, and lived in the same town all of his life. He would proudly parade his grandkids around town, showing us off to anyone he could. He knew, literally, everyone in town. I once asked him if he knew everyone in the world, and with a bit of a chuckle his response was, "That's actually not possible, but as long as you are nice to people, you can really get to know everyone you meet."
I remember a time when one of his friends told him that with all the friends that he had, and the impact that he had had on his community... they would have to shut down the whole town for his funeral. With as many people that we are expecting monday morning, it seems that this is exactly what's going to happen.
He knew how to really LIVE life, and have a lot of fun doing it. Even through his sickness, Grandpa had a smile on his face, and he was always up for a good laugh. Whether Grandpa was cracking a joke or pulling a prank, there was a never dull moment when Grandpa was around, no matter how cliche the line is.
He made the world a better place every day that he was alive. The world would benefit greatly if more people lived there lives with the vigor and love that he did. My Grandpa didn't have alot of money, he was never famous... but he was a hero in every sense of the word, because he understood what is REALLY important in life.
He loved his family more than anything else in this world... and he would do anything to elicit a laugh from his grandchildren.
The lessons that he taught me were led by example. He lived a humble life, but it was a happy one, and he was always willing to help someone in need. He surrounded himself with people that he loved, and loved him in return. He built a wonderful family that I am truly blessed to have been born into, and he had a big smile on his face the entire time that he was doing it.
I understand that even though it's sad to see him go, my Grandpa has lived a wonderful life full of happiness and love... a love that he passed on to everyone around him. It's sad to see him go, but I'm okay, because he taught me how to love life, and more importantly, he taught how to carry that love forward, and pass it on to everyone around me.
So rest in peace Grandpa, after all the hard work that you have done in you're life, you definitely deserve it.