Now I know it might be a little cliché to say the world lost a great man or that Heaven gained another angel, however in your case it’s the absolute truth. Words can’t really describe what an amazing person you were, but I’m going to try.
You were many things to many people. A brother, a husband, a father and of course my grandfather. But most importantly you were a teacher. They always say some of life’s greatest lessons are learned outside the classroom. Among many things, you taught me how to love and to laugh. I never saw anything but love and compassion come from your heart. Your adoration for Grandma could be seen from miles away. You showed her nothing but respect, patience and the devotion she deserved. Not to many men will let their wives paint the bathroom hot pink, let alone say they’ve been married for over 60 years and never have a fight. You are the definition of a Prince Charming. But it wasn’t only Grandma that was touched by your love. Your smile lit up the room. You were kind to complete strangers and could strike up a conversation with anyone. I can only imagine the days you made while enjoying a cup of coffee in the Walmart food court, waiting for Grandma to finish her shopping.
Now on to laughing… I consider myself incredibly lucky to have your sense of humor. Your jokes were never ending and always funny, even if they weren’t actually that funny. You had a way of putting a positive spin on just about anything, resulting in lots of well needed laughs. I see you in my Dad and my Dad in Bryce and it’s ever so present when we’re all laughing over a dry, sarcastic joke. I’m not really sure if I’m a smart feller or a fart smeller, but I do know that I’m a Mack, a name I will always wear with pride.
Helen Keller put it ever so eloquently, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” And my heart is where you will forever be.
I love you,