This past saturday my grandpa lost his struggle with cancer after sixteen years of endless courage, faith, fighting and pure will. The past few weeks have been very hard and the past 72 hours have been even more difficult, as one would imagine. My grandpa was honored in the most beautiful service planned by my grandma in which nearly 300 people came to pay their respects. It was a true testament to the man he was and how he lived a life of service and dedication to his friends and family.

(my grandma and 11 of her 13 grandchildren)

My grandpa was a tanker in the us army and to have his burial at ft logan national cemetery with a 21 gun salute was honestly one of the most powerful experiences I have ever been a part of. I stood behind my grandma while the american flag was presented to her ‘on behalf of the president and the united states of america’, at that moment, all I could do was cry tears of pride as my family stood united together.
Over the past few weeks, it has been a blessing having all of my aunts, uncles, cousins and endless extended family come together for the love of my grandpa. He was and will continue to be the glue of our family and will forever be in our hearts and prayers.

Thank you for letting me share this very personal post today.

Written by Jaime
South on Broadway is a Denver based food + lifestyle blog for lovers of food, fashion and design. a destination for daily inspiration


  1. Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors September 5, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Jaime. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. And what a beautiful family he and your grandmother made together!

    • South on Broadway September 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Carrie! Thank you so much for your sweet words. He was a wonderful man!

      thank you so much!
      – Jaime

  2. LC Barnard September 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Such a beautiful post Jaime! Thank you for sharing. The 21 gun salute that you mentioned gave me chills!

  3. BethAnn September 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I’m with LC – this entire post gave me chills! I know this post made him proud. Love you, friend!

  4. Corrin September 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    So sorry to hear about your grandpa. Hope you and your family are doing well.

    • South on Broadway September 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you so much girl. I really am so appreciative of all the support and kind words!

      – Jaime

  5. Lori S September 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

    What a WONDERFUL tribute to Grandpa! I could not have said it better. He was and is extremely proud of his granddaughter. LUA