Saying goodbye to my Granddaddy
Granddady with my mom in his lap
Granddaddy far right,
my mom infant on left
My mom and my Granddaddy 2001
Now joined in heaven,
God bless their souls!
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
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