My Grandfather Passed Away

Andrew MAndrew M Members Posts: 363 ✭✭
edited Apr 28, 2019 7:50pm in General Golf Talk #1

On Easter Sunday, my grandfather -- I called him Pop -- passed away. He was the man who taught me how to golf. (He, himself, was incredibly good at golf).

I'm not really sure why I'm posting this thread, but I felt like it should be posted - so, even if it is "my" golf world of GolfWRX, then someone in the golf world would be aware.
I will be forever thankful for him showing me more love than I thought possible. And teaching me golf. Without him, I would have never bothered continuing to golf in college and still today.


I remember having in my hands at 3 or 4 years old a putter far too big for me, and my Pop who, like only a grandfather could, came behind me and placed his own (giant to me) hands over mine, patiently showing me how to make a most gentle putting stroke.

The best golf story I have about my Pop, and it's a pretty cool one -- In the late 90's, he won a sweepstakes for an all-expense paid trip to Florida to play golf with none other than Greg Norman, who was #1 in the world at the time. He described it as incredible, watching play beyond what one thought possible. After their round, Greg Norman signed a photo for my Pop ("Warren -- Thanks for playing the game") - and it was a photo that my Pop displayed proudly on his dresser for decades. He was so proud and happy that he got to play with Greg Norman - and would tell anyone about it that he could, and the best part is of course that people were genuinely excited to hear his stories.

After he passed away, I got in touch with Cobra Golf, whose clubs my Pop played (because of Greg Norman) for his entire golfing life. I have huge, huge thanks and props to them - I was able to get something very, very special from Cobra. They said they wanted to thank my Pop for his lifelong support of their players/equipment.

My Pop's bag will be on display (along with the signed photo from Greg Norman) at his funeral. In it is a putter from the PLOP company. My Pop's PLOP is an extremely special, "Tour Only" version that was the actual backup putter of a Masters and The Open Champion.

A man most deserving of his name on a staff bag, if I ever knew one:

My grandfather also loved Arnold Palmer -- I imagine he's had the chance to get a round or two in with the King, too.

Fairways and Greens forever, Pop.

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  • flip flappyflip flappy Members Posts: 925 ✭✭
    edited Apr 28, 2019 7:57pm #2

    My condolences at the loss of your Pop. He truly sounds like a man any of us would be proud to call our own Pops! Beautiful tribute in the form of this post and the display at his funeral. Very classy of Cobra to provide the Staff Bag.
    On a side note, I was feeling nostalgic after church today and got out my dad's Ping Eye 2's and hit a few for fun. May our memories of our loved ones carry on forever!

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  • J-BladeJ-Blade Members Posts: 747 ✭✭

    So sorry for your loss. Your grandpa sounds like he was a great guy.
    That is so cool of Cobra to do that.

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  • GSDriverGSDriver Members Posts: 608 ✭✭

    Sorry for your loss. I loved both my grandfather's more than my own father. Never forget him, sounds like a great man.

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  • disco111disco111 Members Posts: 1,016 ✭✭

    I'd like to think that your Pop is now playing that great course with the players he admired, or at the very least has a front row seat for the greatest tournament that could be..........................just thinking about it brings a smile to my face.

  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OHMembers Posts: 7,243 ✭✭

    Great post. Thanks for sharing it.

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  • bvmagicbvmagic Members Posts: 1,038 ✭✭

    Sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story. Amazing how this game can bridge generations to come together and just enjoy life.

  • woods991woods991 believelandClubWRX Posts: 2,359 ✭✭

    One of the all time best posts on WRX it brought me to tears as I had a grandpa very similar, let’s hope they are both playing around with the King now, sorry for your loss.

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  • jsmil4901jsmil4901 Members Posts: 193 ✭✭

    Thank you for posting and sharing your story and your love for your Grandfather.

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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Members Posts: 12,080 ✭✭

    Deepest condolences. Thx for sharing the stories - you're lucky to have had a grandfather like him. One of my grandfathers I spent a week with him, the only time I met him, before he passed when I was 12. The other one I saw about 8 times in my life. Every 5 years or so. Having family nearby is a blessing.

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  • haroleaseharolease Members Posts: 617 ✭✭

    Thanks for sharing.
    Sound like an awesome grandfather

  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Open Championship! IowaClubWRX Posts: 17,931 ClubWRX

    So sad for your loss. Was lucky enough to golf with both my grandpas from an early age at least a couple times a year until I was out of high school. Heck one of my grandmas played a little - she was excited if she broke 70 - for 9! Great tribute!

  • JustsomeguyJustsomeguy Members Posts: 1,047 ✭✭

    Sorry for your loss.

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  • RSinSGRSinSG ClubWRX Posts: 3,115 ClubWRX

    Nice tribute which would make your pops proud. I just posted a tread last week about the first round I played with my grandson. Hopefully in some far distant day he’ll have similar thoughts about me.

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  • BrandonDunesBrandonDunes Members Posts: 343 ✭✭

    That bag is really cool and special! Very sorry for your loss your grandpa sounds like an awesome guy

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  • GolfNuts4GolfNuts4 Members Posts: 734 ✭✭

    Thank you for your post, it was a truly wonderful tribute to your Pops. Sorry you lost him but remember all the great times you had with him.

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  • No_Catchy_NicknameNo_Catchy_Nickname Kyushu,_JapanMembers Posts: 5,345 ✭✭

    My condolences.
    That's a nice gesture by Cobra, as well.

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  • gioguy21gioguy21 NJMembers Posts: 7,621 ✭✭

    my sincere condolences -- my grandfather just turned 89; he got me into the game as well.

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  • Lord HelmetLord Helmet Members Posts: 8,728 ✭✭

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

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  • WoodersonWooderson Members Posts: 2,010 ✭✭

    Very nice tribute for an obviously awesome person. Sorry for you and your families loss.

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  • Singapore JoeSingapore Joe Major? Winner? Members Posts: 1,598 ✭✭

    Andrew, thank you for the story. My sincere condolences for your loss.
    My grandfather also just passed away, six weeks short of 96 years of age. Like you, I was very lucky to have such a good relationship with him. The end will always be there, and one can only hope it is without loss of dignity, but to remember all the good times had together is to celebrate a great life. I'm glad you have such good memories to remember and pass on.

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  • BB28403BB28403 Members Posts: 3,734 ✭✭
    edited Apr 30, 2019 5:49am #22

    Grandad for me. Sorry man. I know it hurts.
    Remember , he’s in a better place.
    Their generation saved us from the fascist Germans and psycho japan. Great people.

  • Ping's DuckPing's Duck Members Posts: 122 ✭✭

    Memories are forever.

  • platgofplatgof platgof ClubWRX Posts: 1,509 ClubWRX

    Strong families are amazing to me.

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  • Johnny_FairwayJohnny_Fairway South Jersey (Philly Burbs)Members Posts: 554 ✭✭

    I wish you great comfort in such fond memories of the wonderful times shared.

  • Andrew MAndrew M Members Posts: 363 ✭✭

    Hey, everyone. I'm just now getting back to this thread, with the chaos of the funeral service and family coming in behind us.

    It really means a lot, all the kind comments from the GolfWRX community. That's why I really like this place. My Pop would have liked you all, too. Thanks a lot for all of your comments in his memory. He would have loved to hit the course with any one of you here.

    Andrew

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  • spud3spud3 Portland, ORMembers Posts: 1,618 ✭✭

    Thanks for sharing your story, Andrew. Your Pop sounds like a great guy.

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  • Twism86Twism86 Members Posts: 414 ✭✭

    My condolences for your loss, those pictures you have are priceless and wonderful! Also a wonderful tribute from Cobra, almost makes me want to go out and buy something from them knowing they are such a genuine company.

    Your Pop reminds me a lot of my Grandma but instead of golf, in regards to fishing. She didnt teach me to fish but since I was old enough to hold a pole until I was a young adult she would take me where ever I wanted to go almost every weekend to fish.

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  • CheckJVCheckJV Male Model Members Posts: 2,107 ✭✭

    Thank you for sharing that story. I’m sure it brought forward a lot of emotions as you were writing it as it did for many of us that read it. Golf seems to be a sport where so many of us have an older mentor that got us into the game. Thanks again for sharing, it was wonderful.

  • jeffreyljeffreyl Members Posts: 281 ✭✭

    Many Condolences.
    My Grandfather introduced me to golf at an early age. We played often when I was a young man and he retired. He died many years ago, but I think of him very often and especially on the golf course. I often feel an awareness of him and it is very special. Your good thoughts and remembrances about your Pop will be with you forever.

  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members Posts: 1,181 ✭✭

    Pop sounds like a terrific guy, a real man, and the kind of guy the world needs more of. Thanks for sharing...

    My grandpa taught me about fishing. I was devastated when he passed suddenly when I was a college kid.

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