Friday, January 06, 2006

True Grit

This is a repeat posting of an entry made in my old blog two years ago:

Grit in kitchen

One of the definitions of "Grit" in Webster's dictionary applies to people. It is, "firmness of mind or spirit, unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger." "Grit" was the nickname of Frank Graziano, Sue's father, my father-in-law. He got that nickname the best way, he earned it. To me Grit is the role model of what a good man should be. Today is the anniversary of his passing from among us. I am proud to have known him. I am proud my sons got to know him.

He did not live or die wealthy in terms of money. But he was overflowing in abundance of the things that really matter in life: integrity, humor, honesty, determination, reliability, responsibility, dependability and more. Grit was down to Earth. You always could depend on him to be fair even when it meant his own self-sacrifice. He would not yield his principles, even when being steadfast allowed him to be taken advantage of. He had true grit and was widely admired. We miss him.

After he passed away on this day in 1998. Sue wrote these words that were read at his memorial. The photo shown here, is a scan of the photo Fran takes with her wherever she stays. It shows Grit in a typical position in their kitchen. Grit lives on in so many hearts

Eulogy to Dad

We would like to honor our father and friend to us all with some words and feelings we hold. He was a truly devoted family man and a husband of 49 plus years. He helped create a loving home and family with his equally devoted wife. His children and family received the riches of his love and understanding. He loved us unconditionally with his beautiful, open, giving nature. A child could not ask for a better father.

His friends had the good fortune of his genuineness, warmth and good humor. He brought so much laughter and happiness into the lives he touched. He always looked out for others and often put their needs before his own. He had a rare quality that drew people to him and allowed him to find the goodness in others. There was never any pretension or prejudice about his feelings toward anyone. His love and friendship were very real.

He considered all the people that helped him and his family in his struggle against cancer with the utmost gratitude, appreciation and trust. Even as he bravely battled this disease, he never lost his outstanding sense of humor. His courage, spirit and will during this difficult time were indomitable.

He was an exceptionally honest, trustworthy man and a true gentleman. Men this good are missed terribly when they leave us, but we can all keep the memories we hold dearly alive in our hearts. We deeply admire his fine qualities and are so proud that this gem of a man was our father.

We can be sure he will continue to watch over us.

We love you Dad.

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