My Dad, Stewart Geddes, passed away this morning. Although I am saddened to know that he is gone, there is also a tinge of relief since, over the last month, he has been subjected to one indignity and loss after another.
A few weeks ago, Dad said to me ” I am not worried about being dead. It’s the dying part that concerns me.” Dad had led a very independent and productive life for almost 95 years so to end up weakened and dependent and bed-ridden was not something he relished. We would all like to just die in our sleep when the time is near. Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen.
I will miss Dad’s sensible guidance and advice. His level-headed approach to dealing with life’s problems was always welcomed. His generosity of spirit and resources to family and community was a model for me. I am who I am today, in great part, not only to the genes I inherited from my parents but from their guidance and example.
For the past while I have recognized that I have been the proverbial filling of the sandwich generation with my family relationships and concerns ranging from my youngest granddaughter at 3 to my father at 94. With Dad’s passing, there is a generation gone and a recognition that I am now one of the pieces of bread on the sandwich. I hope I don’t get crusty.
I have mentioned Dad i in several of my blog articles in the past. You can find these articles here if you want to know more about him.
A surprise at the Stewart Geddes School
A dinner I will always remember
Our family will gather from across Canada for a memorial celebration of Dad’s life on October 4 – a family Thanksgiving for a life that we are grateful to having had part of us for so many years.
So very sorry for your profound loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Remarkable words for a remarkable man. We will miss him. especially hisletters with Christmass. He passed away on the day when we remember the battle for Arnhem in 1944.
Thanks for this. Dad always felt keen connection with the extended Van Schuppen family in Holland. He was delighted to reconnect with you all in 2010.
I am saddened that he is gone too soon when we have a lot to remember from him.I am surprised with the Love God had for him.He deserves a lot that many don’t especially in the African soil. Mbita-Kenya is morning Geddes and my heart is feeling great that he has much rewards waiting for him in heaven.RIP.