Dad and Grandpa

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I wasn’t even a sparkle in my Dad’s eye in 1936. He still had high school to get through then after graduating from Renton High in 1940 he was off to the Army and World War II. Dad was sent to England, the Normandy Invasion, and later served under Patton in the Battle of the Bulge.

This is my family (circa 1936) with Grandpa George Fabre, left, Grandma Pauline, her mom, my Great Grandma Celine Boulanger Longville Delaurenti, Grandpa’s brother Jules and his sister (playing the accordion) Louise, my  Dad, Al, and his older brother, my Uncle Georgie...

The Family (circa 1936) Renton, Washington.

I’m thinking they're celebrating the purchase of this vacant lot. Grandpa will soon build their new home here on Tobin Avenue. 

With Father's Day coming up this weekend my Dad and Grandpa are crossing my thoughts. Both were self made men. Grandpa, after several years of working the area coal mines up and quit one day and became a contractor. He built many beautiful homes in the area. Dad was a professional musician and played the Seattle nightclub scene and around the area for over 46 years before he passed in 1998.

Dad and Grandpa were very different personalities from each other, yet in many ways, certain things were very much the same and constant. I've never known two more hard working men with great big hearts. They both enjoyed the simple life and the company of family, friends, and neighbors. Both were very generous, almost to a fault. Neither liked anyone making a fuss over them and from both I learned it was most important, always, to do the right thing.

We new without a doubt we were loved and all these years later on those occasions I take a moment to look up that ole river of life, I'm grateful the memories bring smiles and remind me from where I've come.

Thank you both.

 

 

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Isn't it remarkable how our parents never had a lot but always made us feel loved and valuable and full of self worth Rene Fabre 

Jun 18, 2016 02:48 PM #25
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Rene Fabre  done happy Fathers' Day to you as well, enjoy the day and if you get a chance read the post since you motivated me, Endre

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Hi, Rene.  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

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Hi Bob... Robert Vegas Bob Swetz ... Thanks! And one of the things I loved about my dad was he knew the folktunes and standards from all over Europe. It is a fun photo. I'm thinking my Great Uncle Pete to this one. :O)

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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington ! So true! It wasn't how much they bought you, it was how much quality time they spent with you! Thanks!

Jun 19, 2016 06:28 AM #29
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Cool Endre Barath, Jr. ... Heading on over to take a look!

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Thanks Pat! Patricia Kennedy ... And thanks for including me in Last Week's Favorites! Much appreciated!

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Happy Father's Day to you, Rene. I love reading about your roots and the family ties. So many of them maek me think of my family roots too.

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Thanks Debbie Reynolds !! The river of life and all that is pretty amazing!

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Thanks for sharing the story about your family and your father on Father's Day.

Good luck and success.

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Rene Fabre - I hardly got an opportunity to play with my Grandpa. Though I was my Dad's favorite - and the only son.

Great memories of generations in that lovely photograph.

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Wonderful tribute to your Dad and grandfather.. love the picture too... very nice.... my grandmother played the harmonica! People made their own music back then!!

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Rene Fabre 

I just love the sepia family photos from the bygone era. There is a lot musical talents in your family.  

Several years I ago, I told a few who like to talk about good old days their family photos are to be included in my Silicon Valley book. Most say they are in the garage blah blah. After three calls I moved on with what I got.  Too late.

 

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Thanks Lou Ludwig !! Have a great week!

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Hi Praful Thakkar ... Thanks! I new my Grandpa George well. We live about a mile from their home. I wish I would have known my Grandpa Larson better. They lived in Spokane so I didn't see them very much.

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Hi Debra Leisek ...  Yes indeed. People from that era entertained themselves and a lot of them played an instrument or two... Thanks!

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Hi Sam Shueh ... It's kinda funny looking at this photo, I feel like I'm watching a Ken Burns PBS documentary about the Great Depression. I know what you mean, my Grandparents didn't really have too many photos. But I discovered I have a 2nd cousin in France and she has several that I never saw as a kid, so they're a welcome addition to my collection. Thanks!

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Good Morning René - your dad and grandpa set a wonderful example for you to follow.  It is wonderful that you can have so many great memories.

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Thanks Grant Schneider ... They were such different times, but full of wonderful memories. 

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Sounds like you come from great stock, Rene Fabre .  I enjoyed hearing about your family.

 

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