Sunday, January 20, 2013

Your Long Journey

The beginning of  2013 starts with a good-bye.  On January 13, 2013, my husband's father passed away peacefully at home.  George Sr. was quite the dynamic guy in his day and always had simultaneous home projects going.  He was either applying decorative tile to the front steps, installing solar panels, refinishing hardwood floors, or planting new trees, amongst other projects.  George was a regular at Home Depot.  One of his most cherished projects was the wine cellar located in the sub floor of his split level home.  The wine cellar had air conditioning years before the rest of the house did.  George worked for years  as a civil engineer for the City of San Diego.  He worked on many projects that we drive on or drive past on a daily or weekly basis.  In his last years he slowed down quite a bit.  It was hard for my husband to see his once very active father slow way down.  His last year was spent seated close to his wife of 62 years, Carlota, holding hands while watching television, or just sitting together. 

At our last track club run, hubs pointed out that we ran on the Ingrahm St. bridges just adjacent to Sea World, a project his father worked on.  I think it was somewhat cathartic for Hubs to run on those bridges. 

"God's given us years of happiness here
Now we must part
And as the angels come and call for you
The pains of grief tug at my heart

Oh my darling
My darling
My heart breaks as you take your long journey"

RIP George R. Morton Sr.
July 14, 1923 -  January 13, 2013

Song from Saturday, December 22, 2012
Merry Christmas, Baby - Charles Brown



Anne said...

What a wonderful role condolences to you, your husband and his family!

Michelle said...

A very nice recognition of the importance he played in your lives.

Jill said...

So sorry for your loss, I know it's so tough. How cool that you have those bridges as a remembrance .... if I ever make it back to run the SD RnR, I'll smile and think of him!

Miss you girl!!


Glenn Jones said...

My condolences on your loss Irene.

Anne said...

Sounds like he was a wonderful man who lived a very full life. And now I will always think of him when I go over that bridge.