Friday, February 27, 2015

Lyn E. Sturdevant, Jr.

On Benjamin's third birthday, we said goodbye to a man our family was so lucky to call (great) Papa. He was kind, intelligent, and had a huge heart. He was always a tight hugger, engaging, and someone you knew would enjoy hearing about all of the adventures you were on. 

He and (great) Gramie were married 68 glorious years and had five kids of their own. And then the grandchildren and great grandchildren in abundance.

We last saw Papa at Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania. He was growing weaker, but his mind was so strong and he even played a number of hands in poker (and won one!). He was a World War II Vet that served in the South Pacific and often had stories to tell. He was an esteemed engineer and world traveler. He and Gramie visited every continent and spent time in many, many countries together. He definitely made marriage, fatherhood and life count. He had lots of love to give. He was 93 when he passed away.

We're so grateful to have had all the years we did, and I'm so grateful to have known Papa for about 8 years of my own life. Papa is loved. Papa is missed. And Papa is now holding our Andrew. There are few people I consider honored to be caring for our precious boy, but Papa is definitely on that list. 

Meeting Ben. Meeting Claire. Family. Four generations at ages 0 (Ben), 30 (Dad), 60 (Grandpa), 90 (Great Papa)
It's also very apparent my children are extremely bald individuals as babies. But Papa? A full head of hair at 93.


Laura Jane said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE a tight hugger! <3

So sorry for your loss. Love the photos of the Wilson boys all together (wishing there was just one more).


Mama Bear said... [Reply to comment]

Another big hug in heaven for your Andrew. I'm sorry for your family still on earth. xoxo

LookItsJessica said... [Reply to comment]

I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like he had a long, interesting, and love-filled life.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

He sounds like a fantastic person. And that full head of hair?! E looks just like him!

Sorry for your loss, happy for andrew's gain.