Today’s post is a little tribute to a great (and humble man): my step-father, Dick MacKinnon, or Grampa Dick (as we know and love him). Grampa Dick passed away suddenly this weekend. Although it’s not stamping related, sharing this has been therapeutic for me…
It was the phone call you hope you never receive from a loved one’s cell phone…”Is this Tami White?...This is the Shrewsbury Police Department…” at 6 pm Sunday evening. Grampa Dick lived alone, he and my Mom are divorced, and still very close. I had been trying to reach him all weekend. I thought this was him finally calling back. I was about to tease him for taking so long. The Detective informed me that Grampa Dick had passed away, and the floor came out from under me. A neighbor had noticed a UPS slip on his door for a couple of days, and his car was home so they got worried and checked on him and found him. It happened fast, he was not in pain. We believe it was his heart…he outgrew it!
Grampa Dick was one of the generous people, with a heart of gold (although he’d joke that it was stone, we knew better). He loved fixing things, he was always helping out with little projects for everyone. If I invited him over for dinner he wouldn’t come, but if I told him I needed him to look at my cabinet AND I’ll make dinner, he was there lol. He lived for my boys, whether it was building them a choo-choo train bunk bed when they were ready for “big boy” beds, or a Pirate ship playscape. He hated to miss a sports game, or scouting event. He was a regular at the Pack 31 meetings. When he wasn’t with the boys, he was volunteering for the Massachusetts Audubon Society in Worcester as a Handyman. He even had the boys out there volunteering with him this summer building a walkway. The Audubon just wrote a magazine article about him last month (see article below titled “The Humble Handyman”).
|For those who are interested the services will be held:|
Saturday, March 10First United Methodist Church
52 Church Street, Marlboro, MA
9-10 Calling Hours
10-11 Memorial Service
|In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:|
Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Road
Worcester MA 01604
They will be used on a project that Grampa Dick was working on
A few pictures from our trip to Key West for my sister’s wedding in June. Grampa Dick snorkeling with the boys for their first time on my Dad’s boat (I got the honor for spending Father’s Day with my “2” Dads – first and last time). The last picture was taken here at the house with my dog Flash. G-Dick loved to “puppy-sit” his Grand dog, sometimes I had to remind him to bring Flash home.