it was my grandfather. one of the most amazing experiences in my entire life. he was my biggest role model - i'm a bit concerned about the future of the world once the WWII generation is all gone. seems like they really had something figured out more - well, at least better than the baby boomers. anyway, i went over to bend, oregon on tuesday because i knew he was in bad shape - dying from all kinds of cancers. he was to the point where you couldn't understand the 10 words he was able to muster the strength to say in one day. spent the day there with him and my family. his brother and sister-in-law came over from the coast - you should have seen the way bob's face lit up when his brother showed up. it was like he was waiting for him so they could have closure. then bob went to sleep and didn't wake up for the rest of the day. decided to crash there in bend that nite at my grandma's place since she would be staying with him at the hospice house. we told her to call us if bob took a real step toward death. well, we got that call at about 10:30. so i woke his brother and sister-in-law and let them know and claire and i left for the hospice house. got over to the hospice house at about 11. my aunt was there and we just sat around bob and talked to him. he was alert and aware of what was going on - trying to wink at his wife and smile at her. his breathing was SLOW, but he was peaceful and happy - there was something strangely beautiful about the whole scene. i said, "grandpa, when you get to heaven see if you can find my mom and say hello to her for me." he said "I will" - it was even audible, something he hadn't done all day. then his brother showed up and 5 minutes later i saw that he was passing so i told my grandma to hold his hand and we watched him take his last breath. it was incredible, beautiful and miserable. i can't believe his last words were "I will" - that was a heart wrencher, it was like he was showing me that he thought it was very important/valuable. incredible.