Tuesday, June 3, 2008

In Loving Memory

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 6/03/2008
In Loving Memory of Frank C. Platan
February 4, 1918 - May 21, 2008

A wonderful man passed away the other day. My grandfather, who was an example to us about how to love life even more in your twilight years, died peacefully at home with his daughters and grandsons around him.

If there was one word I'd use to describe Grandpa (or PopPop, as he was known to his great-grandchildren), it would be "firecracker." He was always up to something--out every day at his musical group singing to seniors and hospital patients, going dancing or to bingo, visiting Atlantic City to gamble, going to family parties where he'd love being the center of attention...He was always on the go and you'd always find him with a screwdriver, his signature drink, in his hand, ready to try whatever new thing was going on (I remember when he got himself on email when he was probably about 85 years old or so.)

He loved to dance. One of the best memories I have of him is dancing together with my mom at my wedding in 2000 when he was 82. We had the DJ play his absolute favorite song, Mac the Knife, to surprise him. He jetted out onto the dance floor, grabbed my mom's hand and danced away, oblivious to (or pleased with) the fact that it was just the two of them on the dance floor.

This past week, the family shared tears of joy and laughter as we remembered all the things that my grandfather did and loved. It was truly a celebration of his life, one that was lived to the fullest. We'll miss you, Grandpa.

6 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Christelle said...

So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing a few stories and the photo of your grandfather. He definitely sounds like quite a character and a wonderful man.

illahee said...

i'm sorry for your loss. he sounds like a wonderful and well-loved man.

Gina said...

I'm very sorry that your grandfather has passed away. He sounded like a lovely and wonderful man! My sincere and heartfelt condolences for your entire family.

Nay said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I loved hearing the stories you shared about him, he sounded like a very lively and fun man. The memories of him will last more than a lifetime...

Anonymous said...

There will never be another quite like him.
Aunt Patty

Narelle said...

Sorry to hear about your grandfather Chris. The story about dancing at your wedding made me smile. Remember the good times likes these.



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