You were the only grandpa I really knew.
I remember going to the farm as a little kid, and seeing all your chickens in the barn. I remember playing in your tractor shed, climbing up and into your tractors, pretending to drive them. The same with your school bus.
I remember Christmas with you during your bus driver days: you had the most presents to unwrap, not us grandkids!
You loved Pepsi, and as a result, so did I (for while). You loved a good meal and sweet baking, and really, who could resist grandma’s homemade treats?
I remember when you cut the tip off your finger on the combine at the farm: I was a four year old little girl that had a grand imagination, and as a result, I refused to go into your house for a family dinner because of what that imagination had concocted in my mind about your finger tip. Clearly, I blew that out of proportion!
I remember visiting you and Grandma in Florida, and rollerblading around your senior’s trailer park.
You were married to Grandma for 67 years!!!! As you used to say WOW!
Despite having only a grade 8 education (13 years old), you were one of the most intelligent people I know. You would often share all these detailed facts with us, always involving numbers of some kind. And you read so much!
You did your best to make us laugh. I remember you used to make my Grandma Sasaki laugh all the time. I loved the sound of your laugh too.
I remember all the French words and terms of endearment you’d use with us, and it didn’t matter to you that we didn’t all speak French with you. In retrospect, I wish I had.
Most of all, I remember that you loved all of us. You would greet us all with a wave of your hand, saying “Hi hi” and a kiss on the cheek. I got that same, more excited kiss on the cheek the day I arrived in Winnipeg, and came to see you at the hospital. I had hoped my mom would keep it a surprise from you, but she said she couldn’t for fear of you having another heart attack! 🙂
Whenever we parted ways, you would tell all of us grandchildren “Pepere loves you.” We love you.
I’m glad I got one last chance to see you, to spend time with you and to say goodbye.
You will be so missed grandpa because you were such a wonderful person. Rather than be sad, I choose to keep remembering all the times you made me smile, which puts a smile on my face.
Rest peacefully now Grandpa.
In memory of my grandpa, Leo Joseph Dumaine, March 6th, 1927 to April 8th, 2015.