Saying goodbye to my Granddaddy

Granddaddy with my mom Suzanne on the left
and my Aunt Grier on the right

Today I had to say goodbye to my granddaddy,
a great man!
Eugene "Gene" is also my
my middle name, Stephanie Gene

His LIFE...

Christmas 1945
Granddady with my mom in his lap

Granddaddy far right,
my mom infant on left

60th Wedding Anniversary 1996
MiMi and Granddad

Granddaddy and MiMi's 65th wedding anniversary
My mom and my Granddaddy 2001
Now joined in heaven,
God bless their souls!



His Funeral

Posted in the paper...
Eugene Bernard "Gene" Gorrell, 93, of Lusby, MD passed away peacefully on October 24, 2011 at his residence. He was born on January 18, 1918 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Warren A. and Eda Kelly Gorrell. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Gorrell and daughter, Suzanne Lindsay. Gene is survived by his loving children, Grier Smokovich, Beth Wilkinson, and Kelly Gorrell; grandchildren, Stephanie, Jay, Amy, Kelly Anne, Marybeth, Molly, Kate, Keegan, Emily, Kelly, Keith Allen, and Christopher; and fourteen great grandchildren.

My granddady was the most wonderful man I have ever knew!  He was always there for me.  He was born during WWI and served in the Navy in WWII.  There were 14 million men and women who served in WWII and he was one of 2 million left.  He was strong, loving, a wonderful family man and he took care of me many times.... when my parents were in a car accident one summer, he and MiMi cared for us the entire time while my parents were recovering.

Today we celebrated his life. Many friends and family came together in Solomons Island, Maryland where they lived and attended church for almost 40 years. Granddaddy built his own retirment home. He was an electrician involved in the building of many Washington DC landmarks...... The National Cathedral, The Smithsonium Institute, The Senate Building, The World Bank and The University of Maryland, College Park. Stories from his friends and family were shared at the funeral and we laughed and cried! At 93 he saw the world change! An amazing life!!! Love you Granddaddy!

The Navy was there to play TAPS
and gave my Uncle Kelly the flag. 

My Uncle Kelly 

His Reception

Kevin and Me at the reception

My son Jimmy came home from college (WVU) for the weekend.

My son Matthew and Colin (my nephew).

Aunt Grier, Aunt Beth and me

My sister Amy and her family


Uncle Kelly and his family...

I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful family!


Jocelyn said…
Stephanie, this has been a hard year for you. I'm so sorry for your loss. But I'm glad you have so much family for support and sweet memories to share.
Stephanie I am so very sorry for your loss....
KaHolly said…
Such a sad time for you. But oh, how fortunate you have been to have had him in your life for so long. Just think of all the wonderful memories you were able to make. And what a handsome young figure of a man he was!! Great photos to accentuate this loving tribute.
Denise :) said…
Stephanie, what a wonderful, loving family you have. I'm so glad you were able to be together to love each other through what must be a very sad time. And what awesome memories you must have - I loved looked through your photos. I wonder if your grandfather would have known my sister's father-in-law, Charlie Shryock. He passed away earlier this year, but also served in the Navy in WW2, lived in Maryland, and spent a lot of time in Solomon's Island (one of his daughters lives there).
Gene Black said…
Stephanie, While I know that it is a loss for you, I am so glad that the family chose to celebrate his life. Your grandfather clearly had a full rich and amazing life.

Eugene "Gene" is also my name -I see I am in good company!
Barb said…
My sweet friend, you have had a hard time this year. Enjoyed the photos and am sooooo very sorry for your loss.
quiltingnana said…
your photos show you have wonderful memories....sorry for your loss
Pat said…
I'm sorry that 2011 was a year of such loss for you, but I know you have many memories to treasure.....and both your mom and grandfather were lucky that they had you to love and care for them as their journey neared its finish so they could maintain as much independence as possible. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
quiltmom anna said…
So sorry to hear of the passing of your grand dad. You and your family have had lots of sadness to deal with this past year. It is nice that you and yours have had one another to support, laugh and cry together.
With my sincere condolences,
BJ said…
You are blessed to have a wonderful family and good memories of your grandfather. My condolences.
merrily row said…
What a wonderful tribute to surely a wonderful man. Your were lucky to have him so long. My condolences at your loss.

Chris said…
I'm sorry for your loss, but encouraged by your loving family. You have been blessed.

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