10/17/17 | Pa— thank you for passing down your affection for the outdoors and abundant love of life. Thank you for teaching me to be strong, fearless, and for gifting me an infinite amount of knowledge that I’ll carry with me forever. Summers with you on the water will always be the most memorable part of my childhood. You taught me (and all your grandchildren), how to bait a hook, cast a line, and to sit patiently for hours waiting for a bite. You gave me courage to clean what I caught, and you sparked my curiosity in the kitchen, as I stood in awe next to you frying our catch. You taught me to drive a boat, to shoot a rifle, and to never take life too seriously. You were one hell of a man, an outstanding grandfather, and a total goofball. Although your time on earth is over, I will carry you with me everywhere that I go, and I couldn’t ask for a better angel to guide me. “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” I hope you are fishing now with Leroy in eternal happiness with red night skies. I love you endlessly.