He spent the last three months of his life in the hospital with heart problems. I remember sitting by his bedside and I would be nursing my son at the same time. He passed when Dominic was about 9 months old. I feel so blessed that he got to meet Dominic!! My Dominic was named after my father-in-law's father whose name was also Dominic. Pop-Pop also had a brother named Dominic. I guess you could say the name kind of runs in the family!! When my stepson was younger, my father-in-law would "wrestle" with him until my stepson would say, "Pop-Pop, I give up!" He would have been incredibly proud to see how well my stepson has done in his career. Pop-Pop was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law. I particularly miss him this time of year because he had a "green thumb" and we would compare the progress of our respective gardens each Spring/Summer. He and I would "talk tomatoes." His tomatoes were always so much bigger and juicier than mine. He told me the "secret" was mothballs in the dirt. The watering can below belonged to my father-in-law.
I read sometimes how people don't get along with their in-laws. I can probably count on one hand how many times I didn't get along with my father-in-law. It was very rare. I feel honored and glad I had such a super father-in-law!! He was truly very special to me.