He will be missed. Today I thought I'd share a few random memories, in no particular order.
He loved to garden! He had huge gardens and we all benefited from his labor. When Sassy and MiniMe were younger and we were reading about how when we get to heaven Adam will be happy to have "his garden" (the garden of Eden) back to work in, the girls said "Grandpa will LOVE talking about gardening with Adam, won't he? Yes, I'm quite sure he will!
He loved his grandchildren, and great grandchildren. When I was pregnant with the twins, he told Grandma that he hoped I had girls because "girls are fun to tease". He got his wish! And he enjoyed teasing them LOL.
He had a special relationship with Little Bit. I'm not sure if it was because everyone else wasn't always clustered around her like they were the twins when they were babies (that whole "first grandchild thing") or what, but he would light up when he saw her, and she would light up when she saw "gampa". And he would just sit and laugh and laugh as he watched her playing. It was a fun, special relationship. It makes me sad to know that she won't remember him, but happy that she brought him joy these last couple of years.
He was an avid reader. If he wasn't working in the garden, he was reading. As Sassy and MiniMe began reading chapter books, they learned to keep them out of Grandpa's sight/reach because he'd steal them to read LOL. He had this annoying habit of NOT keeping your place if he stole your book. His response was always "if you weren't paying enough attention to what you read, to find your place, you might as well start over anyway."
Grandpa with Sassy when she was a couple weeks old.
He liked the "great-grand-pets" too. (and outlived them both)