Tribute to Grandad

Eleven days ago tragedy struck the Haeberle family. Grandad had passed on from this life and we were all suffering from that great loss. It has taken me this long to get the jumble of thoughts and feelings and emotions worked out so I can finally write down a tribute to such a great man. I'm not good with words but my feelings are true just the same. I met John Albert Haeberle in the summer of 1999. After work one evening Joe said he wanted me to meet his Grandparents. I was nervous and anxious, I wanted to make a good impression. All my worries were for naught. Gran and Grandad welcomed me into their home and more importantly into their family. From that day on I felt like they had been my own grandparents for forever. Grandad gave me a big hug and kiss and made we feel like I was truly important to him. Over the years the bond we formed that first evening together has grown and stengthened into something VERY special. He was MY Grandad. I looked forward to seeing him at family gatherings and at their home. I looked forward to his hug and kiss and the sweet words he always whispered into my ear. His smile from across the room that was just for me made me feel like I could take on the world and then fly to the moon and back. Grandad made everyone feel loved and appreciated, he didn't just put on a good front, he truly did love those around him. If I could only be a fraction of the person he was and is I would be great. They just don't make them like Grandad anymore. It was VERY hard seeing Grandad in those last few hours in this mortal existence but I feel blessed that I could hold his hand and tell him goodbye. That I could give him that last hug and kiss and whisper sweet words to him. I look forward with great anticipation for him to give me a hug again. I feel peace with his passing but boy oh boy do I miss him. Now that I have silent tears streaming down my face I will say adieu. I love you Grandad and will do my best to live up to your great legacy! Hug and kiss until we meet again.As I looked back through pictures I wish I would have taken more, I always had my camera with me but failed to actually use it. This last picture is taken Jan 2007 and Grandad was playing pretend with the little girls, talking on the pink cell phone. Cute.
Upon Grandad's passing something special happened, the family came together like nothing I've seen before. I love Joe's family so much and claim them as my own. The bond between brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, nieces, nephews and so on was wonderful. There was so much love flowing through the family gatherings that my heart felt like it was going to burst. So, I give a shout out to the Haeberle's, Grandad would be proud. Love you all!!