My calendar reminded me to call you today and it broke my heart all over again. I thought I should delete the reminder, but then I stopped myself. Instead I found myself recalling our typical phone conversation. Do you remember?
Do you remember asking me,"who's this?", knowing full well it was me?
Do you remember pretending not to know who Kim is, even when I did announce myself?
Do you remember asking me what I've been up and that I shouldn't say nothing, so I'd say "not much"?
Do you remember asking "how's Chrissy-baby?", because you always has a soft spot for him?
Do you remember telling me to drive carefully because of the idiots on the road?
Do you remember telling me about your 'drive around the block' and the garage sales you went to?
Do you remember saying "love ya" at the end of the conversation, and saying it as though I was still a little girl?
I remember. I always will.
I will never forget our conversations. I will never forget you.
I will miss the sound of your voice. But your presence in my life has been so that I can hear your voice and airy laugh clear as day when I think about calling you.
I will keep that reminder in my calendar, since it reminds me of you and I do not want to forget a hero like you.
Love you Gig.
Lauren Sibson on 28 June, 2022 at 11:04pm
My condolences on the sad passing of Uncle Jock. Sending lots of love to Aunty Dawn and all the family at this difficult time.
Andrea Wyborn on 28 June, 2022 at 8:24pm
It feels different now that you’re no longer here with us. You certainly left a mark here on this earth. A strong legacy of love, family and kindness, that I’m so grateful to be a part of.
I loved how you were quick on your feet, you would dart here and there, play fight with us as young kids, tease Em and I by asking us if we had been good boys and then do your hysterical laugh at your own joke haha When we’d visit we got to pick some chocolates from your sweet stash in the fridge. I definitely inherited your sweet tooth!
Thank you for the many encouraging chats, the conversations about life and everything in between.
It’s funny when I talk about my Gig people go “Who?” I love that you had a name that was different and uniquely you. I love you my Gig. I wish Hudson got to grow up with you in his life longer but so thankful he got some time with you and even though you’re left us for heaven we will always remember the beautiful human you were.
Love you xxx
Cameron Tilley on 28 June, 2022 at 4:58pm
I was always so chuffed that my Gig was cooler than everyone else’s grandads. You were quick witted, quick on your feet and always made me feel loved and happy.
I loved that you had a special name that only we got to call you by.
I loved that you always had something wise and helpful to say and always made it seem like it was just for me.
You were such a kind and caring person that would help anyone and never took life too seriously. I want to live my life with your same qualities.
I’ll miss my Gig.
Sonya McKenzie on 26 June, 2022 at 8:28pm
Gig, always at the helm at every family function. Welcoming new generations into the family, watching generations grow up and marry, being Santa for us all across the generations, new to old….you will be sadly missed by these generations but now watching over smiling at what you created….and still cracking the ole dad jokes from above, I’m sure….what a legacy xx
Orie Mammolite on 25 June, 2022 at 1:22pm
I had a dream the other night and you were in it.
You appeared with a strong and kind smile on your face, and you looked happy and as fit as a fiddle, exactly how you always were in my eyes.
Levi & Max were also in the dream and I vividly remember Levi calling you Gigi and giving you a massive hug. I will never forget this dream, nor the many memories we have together.
Do you recall the time you showed us kids how to kill a redback spider with your bare hands on your yellow Suzuki Mighty Boy?
Or the many times you would pop your teeth out and chatter them about. I can still see Levi's blank and emotionally confused face when you first did that to him!
You have been my greatest inspiration throughout my life Gig, and I have always embraced and upheld the values that you have established in our family. I see your life as an endless gift of kind gestures, like bringing over a weekly garage sale present, regularly placing your fellow residents bins out (skillfully on your bicycle), always offering me a Ginger Beer when I visit, holding the door open for a stranger or raising someone's spirits by a simple and lame yet hilariously good Gig Joke!
I will forever miss listening to your life stories and laughing with you about your adventures.
I am grateful that you were here when I found my flower, just like you always asked me, and to be apart of your great grandsons early lives. You will be in all of our hearts for eternity.
I believe you'll have an amazing reunion with so many people once you're up in heaven Gig, and I know Grandma will be there waiting for you with open arms.
Make sure you come to visit me still once you're up there, and if heaven has roundabouts, I better warn the angels that you're coming.
I love you Gig.
Always and Forever
Your Grandson Orie
Dianne Glossop on 24 June, 2022 at 1:46am
One More Time
Just one more time
I would like to see
Your familiar face
As you smile at me.
Just one more time
I’d like to feel your touch
A warm embrace
I loved so much.
Just one more time
I would like to hear
Another “I love you “
Spoken into my ear.
Just one more time
Just one more day
One hour, one minute
Just to say…
I love you dear Dad
You know that I do
I want one more day
To say it to you
James Jarvis on 23 June, 2022 at 4:51pm
Dear old Dad, you often hear people talk about who they would prefer to have at a dinner party. People will say great sportspeople, or thinkers, or heroes…I would choose you and hope that I’d get one of your famous lectures, or a slight twist on a much-loved and retold story, or just to hear you laugh and that jaw of yours click as you ate your deluxe dinner of mash, steak and peas with gravy and plenty of salt. Thank you for being my dear old Dad, I will miss you terribly but honoured to have so many memories of you filed away in my mind. Love James x