A Sad Day

My family isn’t straightforward. It’s a jumble of marriages, divorces, blood lines and step everythings. But when it comes down to it, family is family – Blood or not.

My Grandad passed away this morning.

He was in his late sixties. Not old enough to die and not old enough to have the years of sickness that he had endured. He had a stroke over ten years ago and spent years learning to use his left side again, learning to use a knife and fork again.

When he got to a point where he could manage comfortably again he got cancer. Cancer that destroyed so much of his insides and left him a shell of his former self. That was five years ago. Just before our wedding – A wedding he loved, where he spent the day running after his grandchildren and looking so happy. Back then we thought he didn’t have long left, but what did we know?

A Sad Day

He spent the next five years battling cancer, having tests, treatment and medications. All the way through he fought so hard. He lived longer than any of us expected and he fought right until the end.

I never called him Grandad, I only really knew him through my adult life and called him by his name. But he knew that I saw him as my Grandad and that to me he was LP and LM’s Great Grandpa. He wasn’t around when I was growing up but he knew about my relationship with my Mother and the troubles I’d had growing up and he never stopped telling me how proud he was of how well I had turned out – Against the odds.

I won’t pretend to have known him that well – I think you have to grow up seeing your grandparents regularly to really know them. But today has left a gap in my life but especially a gap in the lives of my Grandad’s three children – One of which is only my age. I don’t know how you deal with losing a parent, I don’t know how you come to terms with that. All I know is I’ll be hugging my Dad that little bit tighter when I see him next.

Rest in peace Laurie. You were a really lovely man.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Oh Donna i’m so so sorry. From that photo of him running at your wedding you can see how lovely and fun he was.
    Much love to you and all your family xxx

  2. oh my lovely i am so sorry to read this!! i am sending you all love at this really sad time.

    I too come from a jumble of step parents/children/aunts/uncles and siblings … my Dad is not my biological Dad and i too only knew him as an adult, but he chose to be a part of my life and take on that role and that is even more special in my book x

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