Cheers to Poppo, December 1, 1921 – February 23, 2013

This weekend, the sun set on my beloved grandfather, a.k.a. Poppo. He was an amazing artist, dancer and gin drinker with whom I was honored to share 30 birthdays.


He was 92 years young when he passed and he sang and danced until the end. I held his hand for a week, sending oh so much love his way and getting even more love in return.

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This is the third family member I’ve watched die in 18 months. Each one went in his own way and Poppo chose to go in his living room, overlooking a gorgeous sunset, surrounded by family.

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Every day, at 5pm, Poppo and Gramma had a drink. Gramma had her vodka and Poppo had his Beefeater gin with one ice cube, two olives (three if I was there to eat one) and a cocktail onion, and so at 5pm on the day he died, we all gathered and had a drink in his honor.

If you get a chance at 5pm some night, do the same.

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