I wanted to first thank all my friends for all the times you prayed for my grandpa when he ended up in the hospital. As my mom said, he was certainly a “cat with nine lives”. Well grandpa, I do have to say you put up one hell of a fight. Even in your final moments, you made sure you said what you had to say and did what you had to do. You always put family first. I will never forget the strength and unbelievable determination you had, even up until your final moments and your last breath. It was honestly a miracle, and shows that you can accomplish anything with prayers and determination. As unbelievably heart wrenching as it was for us, it gives us comfort to know that you passed with us holding your hand and by your side comforting you until the last second.
Grandpa, you were my father figure and role model my entire life. Kassie and I were so blessed to have you. I promise to continue growing from the lessons I have learned from you. From how to be a good Catholic and have a strong work ethic, to how to do my own car maintenance and taxes you taught me so much from so many different aspects of life. You had the best sense of humor, wit, and intelligence like no other human on this planet. Living with you for 8 years was incredible. I always wanted to learn everything I could from you, because I knew time was limited and precious.
You always said how you couldn't wait to see me graduate college and were so thrilled when I showed you that I made the Dean's list last semester. I promise you that I will not let my studies suffer, and that I will finish college strong. Although you won't get to see me cheer on television like you were excited to, you will get to see me from heaven.
I wish I could have taken you on that trip to the Alaskan Inside Passage like you wanted, and remember how badly you wanted to see Mt. Denali. I regret that you were never healthy enough to go. However, I promise you that I will one day climb Mt. Denali in your honor. I promise I will be careful just like you told me to be in your final moments. You taught me to always put family first, and I will make sure I sacrifice anything they need me to. I will continue to push myself to be the best I can be. You were the best man I have ever known. Any man in my life is going to have to live up to you, and you set the bar sky high. You are my hero forever and always. I love you, grandpa.
Love, Emmi Rosales