"The Eulogy"
My Grand-daughters
"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
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
After tea Poppa and I would go for walks along the beach.
Poppa seemed to have an endless knowledge of the plants.
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 and 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
other - 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

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