"The Eulogy"
My Grand-daughters for  "Their Poppa"
So beautiful, and movingly delivered.

Written by
Aldonna, Vanessa & Miranda

Introduced by Abel Reeve ...

... I think it is great that the three grand-daughters
are prepared to share with us today their insight into
their grandfathers sharing with them.

Aldonna, Vanessa and Miranda will come now
and share.

   Aldonna .........

"We all have our own memories of our Poppa and
Vanessa and I on behalf of Miranda too, would like
to share some of these.

Poppa was the quiet one in the noisy room, but his
"eye-rolling" always spoke volumes and evoked
giggles from whoever caught him.
This was usually followed by a dry comment
muttered just loud enough to register, which
caused the room to erupt with ...
Camping at Kelso has provided me with so many
happy family moments.
After tea Poppa and I would go for walks along the
Poppa seemed to have an endless knowledge of the
One particular time we came across a plant with a
glue-like sap inside, we wrote each other's name on
our hands and stuck sand to it.

Poppa liked the plant so much he took a cutting an
then spent the next few years trying to stop them
from taking over his garden.

Swimming at Kelso was a major part of our day,
as kids we would always try to coax the adults into
the pool.
Poppa never succumbed to our pleas but would
always come to watch.

One of my proudest moments was the afternoon
Poppa was at the pool with us and he suddenly
jumped up, kicked off his shoes and dived into the
middle, it turned out that he'd seen a young girl
going under and jumped in to save her.

As his grandchildren, we feel lucky to have our
special memories to recall and share, and will be
able to pass onto our children, to celebrate ...

"Poppa's Life Lived."


"The three of us girls could each fill a book about
the funny little things Poppa has done with us.

One year when Miranda was staying at Kelso with
Gran and Poppa,
she and Poppa spent the whole trip fishing, only to
return to eat, sleep and try to understand the tide charts.
Within that week they only caught a total of two
fish between them.

Poppa and I had our own special bond that was
nurtured and encouraged from a young age by Mum
and Gran.
Poppa and I preferred to spend our time alone, just
the two of us.
We had our own little world that only us existed in.

Poppa and I spent our time doing things that we
loved best, wandering about in the garden or just
sitting and talking about anything and everything.

When Ethan, Poppa's first great grandson arrived
I hoped that he would have an opportunity to
experience the same loving bond that the three of
us girls grew up with.

Ethan did have the chance to experience Poppa
showing him his garden and how to smell and
touch plants.

Though Ethan and Dillon, Miranda's son, will
not remember Poppa they will sure hear about the ...

"Silly Old Man That He Was."

Beautifully written and so movingly delivered,
by the girls,

Aldonna, Vanessa & Miranda

I would like to add here that each girl made a pact
each to the othe;
that they would follow their words with their finger
and if the reader should break down, the other would
step in and continue for her.

One did break - but she controlled herself well and
was able to continue.

The support each of the three girls gave - one to
another - as they stood at the podium - was
something that filled my heart with pride.

Thank you my beautiful girls

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