Saturday, January 23, 2016

RIP Richard Michael

A photographic tribute to my late grandfather, Richard Michael, who died last week at the age of 89. A veteran of WWII, he served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater at the end of the war, and was actually stationed in the South Pacific when the bombs were dropped on Japan. He went on to make a living for himself and supported his family as a self-taught electrician in the employ of General Electric and as an ordained minister in small town Pennsylvania. 

Since I was not permitted to attend his funeral today (I won't go into details, let us just say that my "family" are a rather spiteful bunch who don't like anyone who leads a different "lifestyle" that them), I have created this photographic tribute to the life of man who meant a great deal to me. It is my own personal way of laying to rest a good man, who always treated those around with nothing but kindness and gentleness. While his passing is hard, he had a good run of it, and went peacefully in his sleep, so at least I know he is no longer troubled by sickness any longer.
I will miss him very much. 

Rest in peace, Pop-Pop. 

A portrait of my grandfather during his time in the Navy. He was younger than I am now.
With my grandmother; date of photo unknown. 


  1. What a handsome man. I'm sorry you lost your grandpa and very sorry that your family didn't let you attend his services, that's so unfair!! What's in your heart is more important than their silly rules. Take care.

  2. You honor him best by continuing to be a person he would be proud of.
    Wishing you peace, my friend.

  3. Nice tribute! Sorry for your lose.

  4. I'm sorry for your loss and sorry that your family was difficult and didn't let you attend his services.

  5. What a wonderful life! He probably ran into my dad in the Pacific Asiatic fleet during WWII. Small world. Hugs.

  6. Sorry for the loss of your Grandpa and glad you have some great memories of him.My late father was in the South Pacific in '44-'45.