Eric’s Dad (72 years old) passed from this life into the arms of Jesus at 12:08 am (Utah time).
The hospital staff had taken him off of breathing machines earlier that day, after Eric and each of his family members had a chance to say goodbye individually. That night before leaving the hospital, Eric read Scripture passages to his Dad and two brothers. I love it that these were among the last words spoken: Joshua 1:9: “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” What a great promise — even in the passing from life as we know it.
Eric and his family are filling out papers this morning and making arrangement for his Dad’s body to be cremated at a local mortuary. The memorial service will be at a later date in Hawaii. I think Eric will be driving back to L.A. with his brother Mark, and returning back to Japan on Monday. He will then go back to Hawaii for the service.
Tonight at dinner I pulled out our green plastic “kampai” goblets, we filled them with rootbeer, and the kids and I spent some time during dinner remembering Grandpa. They all remembered how he loved to give them popsicles at night; and made great portuguese sausage and hash browns for breakfast. Annie remembered one morning in Hawaii how he came in and helped her wake up after the other kids had already gotten up; Owen remembered fondly an afternoon when the Eric and Grandpa went with him to fly his new Christmas kite in a nearby park; Olivia knows that Grandpa and Grandma gave her the special doll that sits in her bedroom. I told the children that I love how Grandpa modeled generosity. He was always willing to give when there was a need, and modeled a generous heart to all of his family that was contagious. He will be sorely missed.