Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tribute to Pop Pop

When I met Mike, little did I know that I had met the man I was going to marry, but I would also marry into a family and gain a wonderful grandfather-in-law.

Henry Goshow, Mike's grandfather, died on February 28, 2017.  He was 95 years old.  

He was woven into the fabric of our lives in so many ways.

He offered the meditation at our wedding.  I remember he said, "Mike, I'm mainly talking to you. But, Amy, you can listen in."

 When Austin was born, it just so happened it was 10 days before Mike's cousin was getting married in our area.  So Pop Pop (as he was known to grandchildren and great-grandchildren) made a special stop to see the newest addition to the family.

 Each time we saw Pop Pop we tried to get a four generation picture.  I knew they would be special one day, but at the time, I had no idea how special they would be.


When Adam joined the family we gave him the middle name of Henry, after Pop Pop.  We reminded him of this every time we saw him.  I loved to see the surprise on his face every time.  I am so honored that we got to use Henry.  A name that is connected to such a special man.

We even got a few four generation pictures more recently.  With this picture I had to crop it close to Adam and Pop Pop.  

Pop Pop was at an age where he had lost several of his teeth.  Adam was also at an age where he had lost several of his front teeth (for a very different reason :)  )  I Love this picture of Henry and Adam Henry and their toothless grins.

Last Easter we went to Easter service at the Souderton Home, where Pop Pop lived.  We got our last picture with him that day.  I love that we spent that morning with him, and have that special memory.

Pop Pop lived on his own until just months before he died.  Last summer Sandy, Mike's mother and I went to his apartment (in Souderton Home) and she did a bit of cleaning for him, and made a grocery list of things he needed.  However, I did not see him that day.  He was a very busy man.  He spent time in the game room, he visited people, he was very often on the go.

At his funeral service it was mentioned that he had read book where the premise is that, while on earth you continually are climbing the stairs of faith.  Pop Pop, you have made it to the top of the stairs!

This past week I mentioned to someone at work that Pop Pop had passed the response was so comforting and true.  The response was, "He has Glory!"  Indeed he has!

Pop Pop, you will be missed! You have touched each one of us!  But, I am so happy for you that you have GRADUATED TO GLORY!

Henry Moyer Goshow  August 20, 1921-February 28, 2017

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