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Question of the Day: What's one of your favorite memories you have with someone close to you who has passed away?

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#6 | 1346 days ago

 I don't have one particular favorite memory of him but my dad was just awesome. After I got divorced I stayed with them for a while, and my dad and I worked together at the same car dealership. Because he had to be in an hour earlier than I did (plus he was always early to EVERYTHING he did) we didn't ride in together. In the winter though, before he left for work he would always get in my car and warm it up for me, scrape the windows, etc. while I was getting ready. 

Also in the winter on his days off, he was pretty well known for taking the 4runner out and pulling people out of the ditch. He'd drive around looking for people who were stuck in the snow or needed anything.

He was a prankster too. We always had a houseful of people during the summer...we had a lot of company. He played tricks on all of them; salted their sheets, greased the spare room doorknob with vaseline, saran wrap over the toilet bowl, and even bottle rockets under the bathroom door. 

Probably the main thing I think of around this time of year is Christmas time with him though, and how much it meant to him. My dad loved Christmas. He decorated the outside of our house and I think he aspired to give Clark Griswold a run for his money. He took me and my brother shopping for my mom every year - we would drive almost an hour to a decent city, shop a few hours, and have dinner before coming home. He played Christmas music while we drove around and looked at lights, and on Christmas morning while we opened presents. He'd dance around the house, singing words that he knew, making up those that he didn't, occasionally pulling one of us up from where we sat to dance with him. When I think of those old paintings of Christmas morning in a cozy living room, this is what it was like...all because of my dad. And he was just a nut...even after my brother and I had grown and moved out, we'd of course come home for Christmas. That morning dad would get us all up before the sun to see what "Santa" brought us and "wow he sure filled those stockings this year!" (yes, we were in our 20's). 

Nine years ago today, he was taken from us. I just miss him loads.
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#1 | 1346 days ago

I think I have mentioned it before, but it was when my Mom took me to see Fiddler on the Roof. It was my first "big person" movie. We went, just her and I, which was wonderful. The theatre was done in maroon and gold, and I can still remember the smells of popcorn and hot dogs.
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#2 | 1346 days ago

Ahhh Jess, my parents deceased at an early for me (before I turned 30) and all my siblings are almost old  enough to be my parents,,, way too many for me to think of a fav, but these polls always make me think of them. My Mother said once " When she was dead and gone there would nt be a day for the rest of my life something wouldnt happen that would make me think of her!
#3 | 1346 days ago

Every year there are 10 woman that rent a house at different places and just go kinda wild! Indian Lake we rented a cottage and went to the pool  The previous year we invaded Put In Bay and rented an awesome house  we enjoyed jello shots before we went out that night - I had never had one boy they were good! Wow tonights the viewing not sure I am ready! Lots of fond memories she was an awesome lady!  I am taking a lamp instead of flowers because when she walked into a room with her smile it was like someone turned on a light! Rest in Peace my friend! 
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#4 | 1346 days ago
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it was one christmas day with my grandmother ( dads mom )  one day we went up there for x mas and  the look on my grandmothers face was priceless... I dont think ive seen my grandmother with a bigger smile on her face then that one that day... I miss her  so much she was always my favorite.. I think I remember this moment more because once we got to the gift part I dont think I laffed so hard in my life and I was only 14 but  what my grandmother gave my dad was so funny as hell I  still laff   now even when i think about it ... anyhow the gift my dad got from his mother was an old  beat up dog with a bee on its nose..... I kinda feel sorry for my grandmother  as she had a stroke when she was 55 so I dont think she was all there but it was still the most touching  gift she could have given him ... I love ya gammy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#5 | 1346 days ago
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Going up to my Grandma and Grandpa's cabin on the river in the summertime.
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#6 | 1346 days ago

 I don't have one particular favorite memory of him but my dad was just awesome. After I got divorced I stayed with them for a while, and my dad and I worked together at the same car dealership. Because he had to be in an hour earlier than I did (plus he was always early to EVERYTHING he did) we didn't ride in together. In the winter though, before he left for work he would always get in my car and warm it up for me, scrape the windows, etc. while I was getting ready. 

Also in the winter on his days off, he was pretty well known for taking the 4runner out and pulling people out of the ditch. He'd drive around looking for people who were stuck in the snow or needed anything.

He was a prankster too. We always had a houseful of people during the summer...we had a lot of company. He played tricks on all of them; salted their sheets, greased the spare room doorknob with vaseline, saran wrap over the toilet bowl, and even bottle rockets under the bathroom door. 

Probably the main thing I think of around this time of year is Christmas time with him though, and how much it meant to him. My dad loved Christmas. He decorated the outside of our house and I think he aspired to give Clark Griswold a run for his money. He took me and my brother shopping for my mom every year - we would drive almost an hour to a decent city, shop a few hours, and have dinner before coming home. He played Christmas music while we drove around and looked at lights, and on Christmas morning while we opened presents. He'd dance around the house, singing words that he knew, making up those that he didn't, occasionally pulling one of us up from where we sat to dance with him. When I think of those old paintings of Christmas morning in a cozy living room, this is what it was like...all because of my dad. And he was just a nut...even after my brother and I had grown and moved out, we'd of course come home for Christmas. That morning dad would get us all up before the sun to see what "Santa" brought us and "wow he sure filled those stockings this year!" (yes, we were in our 20's). 

Nine years ago today, he was taken from us. I just miss him loads.
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#7 | 1346 days ago

Fishing with my dad, every single time we went, from age 4 til he passed when I was 42.
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#8 | 1346 days ago
NG_TEXAS (+)

Any and every memory of my kid brother who was killed this Feb. He was somethin else, that boi, always cutting up, and a smartass for sure..but we all love that about him. Once he was like give me a kiss..but the way he said it, I knew he was up to sumthin..and he grabbed my face and gave me a wet one..and busted out laughing...none the less he had let our dog lick his lips and thought it would be funny to give me a wet one...with doggie drool!!...Another time he started just scratching the top of my head and wouldn't stop..finally I was like STOP..why do u keep doing that???...his response was "My balls itch" I miss him )=
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#9 | 1346 days ago

Too many to pick just one. My dad and I were so much alike. I was his sports partner for everything ----------starting when I could walk. We were like partners in crime-------------it drove my mom nuts.

It will be 6 years this month, the 25th, since he's passed and not a day goes by that I don't miss him. His last day with us (Thanksgiving 2004), was a great day. He had been battling lung cancer for about 8 months and the radiation he'd got had shrunk and scarred his esophagus so much, it was hard for him to eat his favorite foods, but that Thanksgiving he went to town. He must have eaten everything in sight that day. My entire family was there, except my one sister who lives in Reno, which was weird since my three sisters should have already left for their biological dad's place, but for some reason despite having already eaten, they were in no rush to leave.  Little did we all know that something wasn't right in my dad. He died at home with all of us there.   People question me on how Thanksgiving must be tough for my family, but it's not--------because that day my dad was himself, my family got along-----joking, poking fun at one and other, nothing was left unsaid----------- and for THAT, I will be forever grateful.
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#10 | 1346 days ago

Too many wonderful memories of both my parents. Like Jess said, my Dad was the kindest man that walked the earth. Always out to help someone. I learned that from him. To always be kind and GIVE to people, don't expect anything in return.  He would take a potted plant to the dental hygienist/cashier/teller because they were nice. To this day, the people he touched, when I visit them, they share those wonderful stories.

He was also a prankster. He laughed a lot! He had an infectious laugh. One of the last memories I have of him. My Mom had passed away and he came to live with me in Orlando for six wintery months. I kept a candy dish filled with wrapped candy. I kept wondering why the level wasn't going down. I would see him eat them. One day I was sitting on a different couch and saw the dish at a different angle. It looked different. When I opened it and took out the candy, he had taken pieces of paper and crumpled them up and put them in the bottom of the dish, leaving the perception that the dish was always full. What a rascal. I have SO many wonderful memories of my Dad. Thank God we spoke every day and we always said "I love you" during our conversations. Nothing was left unsaid. He was a Navy diver, and quite proud of that.

With my Mom, it was her ability to put out enough food for 100 people each and every Thanksgiving. All I had to do was fly into Michigan. She wanted everything done before I got into town, so we could sit around and enjoy our family. I couldn't have asked to be born into a more loving family.  I miss you both tremendously. I'm thankful for your love, and the memories I'll cherish forever...
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#11 | 1346 days ago

My aunt and grandmother. My favorite memory was spending a summer with them in Florida by myself when I was 5. They both worked in the school system, so I gained an appreciation for what they put into their work. I flew there by myself and we drive all the way back home. No other trip that we made there was quite the same.
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#12 | 1346 days ago

 I loved playing cards — either Pitch or 500 — with my grandfather. He was so aggressive with his bidding and I always wanted to be his partner. I miss those days for sure.
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#13 | 1346 days ago

I miss my Mom, who passed away this spring. I will miss our daily talks about TV, and of course, Elvis.
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#14 | 1346 days ago
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...My late husband. I miss being married to a real partner, to share being truly in love with and committed to our marriage and family (7 of us total), a family of my own I always prayed for.  I married the perfect guy, and we united our children. We shared and enjoyed  personal accomplishments, the holidays, and all the special moments families experience. Through the good and bad times, holding it all together with a positive attitude and encouragement, careful to set a good example as a parent, no matter how difficult at times. I truly love being a mother and wife, and managing a happy household environment for the benefit of a functional family life for all- Everything WAS perfect, so it seemed ... Sadly, he never stopped obsessing, hating, and blaming (on top of remaining in love with) the ex wife and mother of his children... (A woman who abandoned him and their 3 kids after 19 1/2 yrs of marriage- for another Woman..) He lied to himself, and to all of us, while cheating during our marriage, and verbally, physically, and emotionally abusing all of us- as a result of his deceptive drug and alcohol abuse. Then before he could drag me and my kids through a malicious divorce, he had a stroke,( 2 days after retaining a divorce attorney) and passed away 8 days later in hospice, and me, right there by his side ... Misrepresentation can be very cruel and can scar you deeply- but remember, God IS in control- you need to always have trust and faith in Him
#15 | 1346 days ago
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My grandfather letting us little grandkids ride in the bed of his old Chevy pickup.
#16 | 1346 days ago

My grandma is the one I miss the most, she was such a nice and funny lady, she was more modern than my mom , while I thought my mom had old-fashioned ideas, my grandma was so cool and it was a joy talking to her, mi dad, not that much, he wasn't mean, abusive or something like that, the truth is he was very busy on his work and some other reationships that seemed his own family wasn't his priority, so when he died at 45 (heart attack), I felt sorry but I can't say I miss him a lot.
#17 | 1346 days ago

My mom and I always were on the phone together, but we went on "dates" at least once a week. did stuff like movies, lunches, plays, and stuff. I even drug her to a few games with me. She loved it though. It was 11 months yesterday since she passed.  I miss her...
#18 | 1346 days ago

My grandfather was a big influence on me when I was younger.  He introduced me to my love of animals.  He owned a pet store when I was growing up and, since I was a huge loser with hardly any friends and even fewer extra-curricular activities, I'd go to the pet store everyday after school.  

He'd teach me about everything from tropical fish to snakes and lizards, but his favorite was always the birds.  I learned to hand-feed baby macaws and other birds, large and small, and cared for dozens of them over the years.  I always remember helping him care for the animals in that store, especially the birds.  

Kinda lame, but I still remember him most from those after school sessions.  
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#19 | 1346 days ago

Going to church with my grandma every Sunday that I was over there. She would take me to the park afterwards. It had been well over 5 years since the last time I had seen her before she passed on so it lessened my sadness, but I still miss her and think of her watching over me.
#20 | 1346 days ago

I'd have to say my dad, I could use about two months straight of sitting around talking and fishing wih him.
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#21 | 1346 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
JESS - HUGS!  Sorry for your loss!!


My Grandpa Joe.  He's my Italian grandpa and my dad's dad.  He took me to my first ever baseball game (Cubs) and got me onto the field in into the dugout and a tour of the inside if the scoreboard at Wrigley when I was 6 yrs old. He would always get me autographed baseballs and pictures.

Since he worked at Soldier Field, I got to go to the Bears home games in the late 70's and early 80's and I was able to watch the game from on the field (near the goal line) and met Walter Payton back when he was starting out. I was at the game that PAYTON rushed for 275 yds against the VIKINGS, which, at the time, was the NFL single game record.  Unfortunately, I was too young to appreciate what had happened, when it did, but, do now.
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#22 | 1346 days ago
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(Edited by Nick__)
NG_TEXAS wrote:
Any and every memory of my kid brother who was killed this Feb. He was somethin else, that boi, always cutting up, and a smartass for sure..but we all love that about him. Once he was like give me a kiss..but the way he said it, I knew he was up to sumthin..and he grabbed my face and gave me a wet one..and busted out laughing...none the less he had let our dog lick his lips and thought it would be funny to give me a wet one...with doggie drool!!...Another time he started just scratching the top of my head and wouldn't stop..finally I was like STOP..why do u keep doing that???...his response was "My balls itch" I miss him )=
Hugs to you too, Nancy!! 


And everyone that has posted on here!  Especially those who have recently lost someone close.
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#23 | 1346 days ago

Oh my goodness, i have lost so many loved ones.  My baby brother, my only sister, both of my parents, all four of my grandparents, 16 aunts and uncles, lost my last one last year, and numerous cousins.  I could tell something about each one.  I guess my favorite memories would be of Thanksgiving and Christmases spent with all my family.
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#24 | 1346 days ago

I Love Music! I Think the Love I Have For It Came From My Dad. He Would Hook Up Any Speaker From Our Stereo To The Trees In The Front Yard Of Our House And Blast It As Loud As He Could. This While Drunk On Our Front Porch. Any Song That Has Made You Embarrassed Your Whole Life Because It Wasn't Your Time Or It Just Wasn't "Pimpin", My Dad Would Play. Sometimes At The Most In Oppurtune Time Though. Like, In The Morning Getting On The School Bus, During When Your Friends Are Over, When Coming Home On The School Bus, Etc. It's these times I Somehow Have Come To Appreciate Even Though It Was Embarrassing at Times, It Was My Dad's Way Of Bonding With His Children. Good Times Until The Police Stopped By For The Usual PPD (Public Peace Disturbance) Charge/Warning.
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#25 | 1345 days ago

I miss going to baseball and hockey games with my grandpa. Also, going fishing with him on Bass Lake. That man could stay still and quiet for hours waiting for the fish to bite.
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#26 | 1345 days ago
NG_TEXAS (+)

Nick__ wrote:
Hugs to you too, Nancy!! 


And everyone that has posted on here!  Especially those who have recently lost someone close.
Awww..BIG Thanks Nick(=
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#27 | 1342 days ago

(Edited by ColtsnWingsGirl)
Most of my favorite memories are of my brother in law who was murdered at the age of 20 in August of 2008. Growing up with only girls for the most part  (my little sister, my single mom and Dad on the weekends..) made me realize how much I missed out by not having a brother. I mean, I didn't have to take the roughhousing and teasing and of course the protective instincts most brother's have but I also didn't know much about anything that wasn't 'feminine'..aside from Hockey and horses that is. Jeremy (my brother in law) was the closest thing I had to a brother after I married my husband and we moved an hr + away from our families. While my husband worked graveyard shifts, I worked at a title company during the day and Jeremy would sit home and wait for me to get off so I could make him dinner and we'd bust out some PS2 need for speed. He taught me alot more about sports than I ever wanted to know (which I thank him for now) and he helped me find 'me'...I have so many wonderful memories that I can't just pick one. My heart hurts every time I hear his name or see someone who resembles him (which is alot of kids since he was 'trendy').. my husband's family has been through so much because of it and it still hasn't gone to trial even though they have the kid who killed him already behind bars.. Rest in peace Jeremy, we will see you when it's our turn... I miss you everyday.

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