Grampa's on the roof again

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kutaho, May 15, 2009.

  1. I occasionally get a phone call from either family or friends that my wife's 86 yr old grandfather is on the roof. This man is ex sea-bee from WW2 in the south pacific, i show up and he asks who called this time, Then out of consideration for ME, he'll climb down. I always let him know that i'm aware that he's totally capable for the task at hand, but i also tell him that if he falls off, the family will skin me. And as soon as i leave, he's back on the roof inspecting the work.
    Another phone call.
    I love that man
  2. 4EvrLearning

    4EvrLearning New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Left Coast
    awwwww it sounds like you two have a great relationship! And he sounds like a kick!

  3. trickyrick

    trickyrick Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    careful, i had an ex father in law, ex army who at 86, climbed up on a shed roof to change a light bulb. he missed the ladder coming off the shed and fell 6'. a broke hip and bruised pride later, he decided to let someone else do it. my grandpa is 95 and just took a 6000 pound surface grinder apart cuz no one wanted to come get it due to size. he got down to frame, 2000lbs, and him and his 85 year old buddy had built a ramp to push it up on a trailer. luckily i happened to come by. he finally decided that at 95 he is to old to be farting around w/ so many projects. god bless em. they came from a different time where you did it yourself and took care of your own.
  4. trickyrick

    trickyrick Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    oh and i forgot about the tree. 2 years ago he had a tree fall on his house due to a storm. i went over w/ a 2' chainsaw and cut all i could w/o a bigger saw, or so i thought. we had a stump 6' in diameter and 7' tall. he cut it up w/ an old sears electric chainsaw w/ a 12" bar. took him 6 days, but he did it. up until 2 yrs ago, he changed his own tires. i don't mean changing a flat, i mean beating the bead off the rim w/ a sledge, using 2 crowbars to remove tire and re install new one, 4 tires at a time.
  5. doug66

    doug66 Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    My God, the man is 86? He sounds like he is in good shape. The Japs couldn't kill him, let him do what makes him happy. I bet he is one cool old dude.
  6. Islandboy

    Islandboy New Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Off the right coast
    Awsome old men.
    My grandad served in WWI and II. Tank driver In the first until gassed but went back after a couple months, home guard in WWIIdismantling unexploded incendiary bombs that got caught in trees. Gerry thought it was Liverpool blacked out.
    He was 90 when I came downstairs one morning, looked out the kitchen window and there he was, up a 12 ft ladder with a hand saw, dismantling the glass green house.
    After I went out to finish the roof ridge beam(4x4 oak) for him he proceeded to refit the back half using the good glass from the front half to replace the broken glass in the back half.
    All of the oak framing got cut into 1 ft pieces which he burned so he didn't have to pay to haul it off.
    He passed at 97, but only because he was hit by a car when, at 95 he was part of a group of people crossing the road, and he couldn't walk across as fast as them.
    He recovered fine from the accident itself, but developed a blood clot in his shoulder 2 years later. That got him.
    I'll always remember his quiet unassuming way of being the greatest grandad a boy could ever have.
    It's a good thread guys, that causes reflection.
    There you go Tranter, I've let slip, I'm Half Brit.
  7. trickyrick

    trickyrick Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    yeah, i was talking to gramps the other day as i'm trying to spend more time w/ him and the military thing came up. he worked as an apprentice in a machine shop that made parts for ford. his journeyman was an alcoholic and wouldn't show up 1 or 2 days a week. well gramps would push a broom on those days. one day he went into the office and asked to work the lathe. they kinda chuckled and said go ahead. the floor supervisor strolled by and watched him. he was crapping his pants. he wasn't sure he could do it, but it beat pushing a broom. the floor boss went down the line and then came back and watched a little more. well gramps evidently fooled them and whenever the journeyman didn't show gramps got to work the lathe. he ended up replacing him in a short while. then the war broke out. gramps went down w/ his friends to sign up. they all went but nobody wanted gramps. turned out the co. he worked for got some government contracts for some parts and they kept gramps exempt from the draft so he could run the shop full of women who they hired to fill the contracts. he did his part but did it on the home front. when he was telling me this i thought he was gonna start crying. he lost a lot of friends and relatives in the war and always felt kinda guilty for not going over. he would go down every 3 months and it was always the same. we need you here.
  8. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Like the book title calls them, "The Greatest Generation".

  9. There's a lot to be learned from that generation, a nation that pulled together, from the farms and factories, to the front lines. I salute all of them.
  10. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    As long as he's not on the roof with a .308... :D

    Sounds like a likable 'ol fella'.... :D
  11. fmacsin1

    fmacsin1 New Member

    Oct 25, 2008
    Moosehead Lake, Maine
    I agree with everyone; let him do "his thing." My dad was 83, had had a heart attack, cut and split his own wood, both knees replaced and carpal tunnels done. He let me know he was slowing down on lobstering and had decided to only put in 50 traps that summer. Everyone tried to tell me to stop him; I told them he was over 21, sane and could make up his own mind and if anything happened out to sea, he'd die a happy man. How could you ask for anything better?
  12. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    kutaho, you have to click the "Go Advanced" reply button at the bottom of the page before you can use smilies. After you're at the advanced reply page, you can just click on the smilies to the right to use them in your post.

    I hear ya if he felt the need to be up there with a .308. I guess I can't argue with that. :D
  13. Last edited: May 16, 2009
  14. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    The old geezers of times past are the greatest asset that this nation has ever had. I can only hope that I have something to offer the yougens when I make it to OLD GEEZER status. Our elders are a true national treasure that need to be respected.

    So what if they drive slow or spend extra time in the checkout lanes counting their change. They are what got us to where we are today and if they were listened to a little more closely we would be in much better shape as a nation.

    God bless our Seniors !

    :) Jeff
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