Grandparents

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  1. ScouseHoops Gold Member Gold Member

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    I just thought it would be cool to talk about our Nanas and Grandads. As they are boss. Otherwise if you have grandchildren, you can talk about being a grandparent. :50:I hope others will forgive me the liberty of spieling about my own grandparents as currently it may prove cathartic. Plus it displays your roots as nearly all my grandparents passed on extremely irish surnames.:shamrock:

    As some will know I lost my Great Grandmother recently. My Nana (Great Grandma) Doll was 92.:rip_1: Her real name was Francis but for whatever reason, she went by the name of 'Doris'. Bizarrely she was the same age as my Grandad Joe on the other side of the family I will talk about in a minute.

    She was ace, if you were acting up or misbehaving when you were younger she gave you one warning then moved onto 'anyway, I've told you once, now is it yoghurt or cake you want?' (!). I respected her a lot. I dont think I had an argument with her in 28 years. She was very quick-witted but unfortunately, her osteoporosis/limbs made life very difficult and painful for her.

    Nana Doll's husband was from Rugby and died young. They met whilst the war was on and he was ashore in The Grafton before it went downhill. Whenever I asked my Nana if she ever went out with anyone else, she would simply/emphatically say 'he died' (meaning her husband) and the conversation would swiftly move on. In a world where people hit tinder 2 weeks after separating from people they had kids with, i really respected that. An almost Victoria like mourning over Prince Albert only without the black clothing. She continued right to the end, to never understand my partiality for wearing Pork Pie hats (are you living in the 50s?) OR travelling 300m to see a football team :giggle2:

    My other grandparent who died when i was 15 was my Grandad Joe on the other (Mothers) side of the family. He was basically my hero and loved Jim Reeves and Nat King Cole and taking me to museums which resulted in my life long love of History and the degree/career as a teacher I am pursuing now. Like my Nana Doll on the other side of the family he was born in 1925 and in a street where there was 1 toilet to numerous houses. Some of the stories he told me about that developed my socialism/anti war beliefs in later life. Although he was fairly quiet and some of the family believe like myself, probably had Aspergers because of his rigid routines and special interests such as Gardening and doing Swimathons into his 70sfor charity.

    He nearly always called me by a nickname rather than my own first name. I went to see him and my Nana C(his wife) evFridayiday until I was about 12 whilst my Mum was at work. They where married 48 years. The memories I have of him are too many to mention, but considerable enough to me have ran a 13.1m half marathon to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK, a disease which sadly claimed his life aged 78. As our family did not have a lot of men in it in 2004, I was asked to carry his coffin and speak at his funeral.

    I still have my Nana C (Grandad Joe's wife), who is nearly 90 (in December). Sadly dementia has set in but she is still loved by all and still remembers all of us. Her side of the family was called Dyer and I'm trying to look into this further to see if there is any Irish there particularly from her father. I'm going to see her today as she has just come out of hospital + my Nana B(Nana Doll's daughter) who I lived with for nearly a year when i was 18 and ironically who's birthday it is today and lives literally around the corner from my Nana C.

    Nana B when I asked her about my family history told me 'Your the History student, you should be able to find that out right?' :giggle1: As forthright as her mother.:rofl:

    So what where your own grandparents like/how did they influence you/what do you remember?
     
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  2. Sean Daleer Oh My Days Gold Member

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    My Grandparents (Dad's side) brought me up basically my whole life. My Mum and Dad split up, one went to England and the other went to Jersey and I went nowhere. :giggle1:

    I lost both of them within the last 18 months, hit me pretty hard to be honest. Don't know what would have happened to me if it wasn't for them.
     
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  3. ScouseHoops Gold Member Gold Member

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    Having Irish grandparents must have been boss :D
     
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  4. Padmill It's been a while... Gold Member

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    Never knew any of my da's side.

    Mum's da died when I was 7, vague memories of him.

    Mum's mum died two year ago.

    I always find it quite strange for people to have two sets of grandparents in all honesty...
     
  5. Officer Doofy Hey Terry, smell my finger! Gold Member

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    Same for me.

    My grandad died when my died was in his teens. His mum had already left them by that point and he hasn't spoken to her since. I think she's still alive.

    Never knew my grandad on my mum's side either, as he died before I was born. My gran on that side of the family died 4 years ago.
     
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    Mine all died from cancer. Dad's mum's funeral was the day Naka scored that free kick at Rugby Park - bittersweet.

    Mum's dad died in '08.

    Dad's dad and mum's mum died 3 weeks apart in the summer of 2014.

    Miss the latter two.
     
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    On my fathers side my grandparents were from Lurgan they had a 3 kids and and a newborn (my dad) and my Grandfather was struggling to find work in Ireland. His brother had tickets for the boat and a job in England but he got in trouble with law at the time he was supposed to leave so couldn't go so my Grandfather took his ticket and went to England for the job instead set himself up and eventually moved the rest of the family over. My great uncle never left Armagh.
     
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  8. ScouseHoops Gold Member Gold Member

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    I suppose i was lucky. Until I was 15 I had the full 2 sets AND a great grandmother until i was 28.
     
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    Dads dad (Gigi) passed either before I was born or in my infancy. Don't remember much about him tbh, and my dads never been the type to talk about him. Drove a half track in Holland during WWII, and was a welder in Montreal after the war. Dads mom (Baba) is still going strong, has to be 90 now? Hearts going at 30% and is deaf as a door *, but you wouldn't know it. Loves to cook, makes the best pickled peppers you'd ever have. Dads side has Ukrainian heritage.

    Moms dad (Papa) passed away in 2006, same day as Steve Irwin, always stuck with me. Great man, always lively and cracking a joke. Served with the RCAF in WWII. He has Scottish heritage, and I'd love to one day figure out the specifics of it. Moms mom is still going but has suffered from some cognitive problems in recent months. Just turned 90 this year, but is slowing down. Another tremendous person, so caring and loving. My moms the same way.

    I've been very lucky to have them all in my life.
     
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    Mums parents from Barcelona and figuires ,dads parents from Dungannon and Cork
     
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    only knew one of my grand parents. my ma would take me on a sunday to visit my gran who was living in a convent in the garngad before she passed away in 1974.
    my ma's father died in 1939,a garngad man, joined the army in 1908 served in india before ww1,served in france and Mesopotamia in the great war and died of cancer in 39.

    never new my da's father he died two years before I was born,a hod carrier from Bridgeton, died at home in hart street parkhead in 1956.
    da's mother was born in Belfast.a fiery wee woman by all account's.i was 5 when she died but I don't really remember her much.
    so all from good irish working class backgrounds.
     
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    Only ever knew one of my Grandparents really. My ma's da died while she was still at school and both of my grandma's when I was very young. However my Aunty Kitty ( Grandma Pegs sister) was basically a Grandma to us when we were growing up.

    My ma's da was a Jockey Lad up at Middleham. My Grandad Con married my Grandma in Bradford in the 40's and they went back to Ireland ( her family were from Mayo) but she couldn't settle so my da spent a lot of his time moving between Limerick, Clare and Bradford. They were meant to settle on a farm in Clare but she missed her family that had moved over here so much so they ended up back in Bradford. So when I visited them that is where we went.
     
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  13. neilly1987 Wits eh goalie dain Tom??? Gold Member

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    My grandparents were brilliant, basically stayed with them while growing up with my mum working and my dad being a useless * who I haven't seen since I was wee.
    Sadly both are no longer with us, got "gran" in gaelic and my grandad's initials with their birthdays and dates of their passing along with a wee shamrock cause they were both Irish tattooed on my wrist.
     
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    All of mine are still alive.

    My great grandmother (mam's side) died when I was four, have vague memories of her being around. My grandparents are quite young on my mothers side, they are only in their 60s. On my dads side they are in their 70s.
     
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    Same here, my dad's parents both died when he was quite young. My mum's dad died about 10 years before I was born and my mum's mum died when I was 8, she had 14 grandchildren and I was the youngest so she used to spoil me. I still miss her even after all these years.
     
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    Siobhán & Christopher on my Cork side.
    Tecwyn & Elsie on my Wrexham side.
    There's a bit of them all in me.....
     
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  17. ScouseHoops Gold Member Gold Member

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    Tell me more about how your nana came to live in a convent? Was it enclosed or open and how can she have children whilst being a nun?

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  18. ScouseHoops Gold Member Gold Member

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    Yeah my Great Grandma was only 64 when she became my great nana until she died at 92.

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  19. ScouseHoops Gold Member Gold Member

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    A lot of time visiting all sorts with the grandparents in bradford then? Bet that was fun.

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    I know what you mean mate but for me Bradford was just the place where my granda and Aunty Kitty lived. So Bowling Hall road and Bowling Park were the areas I knew. The only Immigrant community I knew in Bradford was basically the Irish one. So I would say I have a very different view of Bradford than most ( especially those that have never been there.)
     
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