Grandpa, Peter C. Roxburgh

183571_10150090038632187_1835840_nAfter a week of being able to reflect on my Grandfather Peter C. Roxburgh’s death on the afternoon of Thursday, September 25th, 2013, I can only think of the many great memories he has left with all of us.
Watching him, I learned patience and his ability to remain calm when others could not be; hard work, carrying a sense of altruism and self-determination in his career as an civil engineer, as well as in his hobbies of sailing, travel, the arts from which he was surrounded by paintings, photography, music (more notably opera), and fixing anything from toys to tools (he built me a jewelry box I still have); as well as taking great care for the sake of what he loved, as a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, not to forget for the growth of his community and province.
He and his wife of 62 years, my grandmother, Lucille, took my twin sister, Justine, and I on our first drive to the West Coast, along which we made many stops, and met and stayed with many family members I am not sure I would know much about otherwise.
We stood at the ocean for our first time with them and saw them together in a whole new light. I saw and have embraced how their many years of marriage both strained on them as well as had come to an unbreakable, unsurpassable point of knowing each other.
Tomorrow, Octobber 5, 2013, I look forward to a memorial service, including stories, the assembly to watch the Sail Past, as well as eating dessert first – Surrounded by great company of family and family friends at the Calgary Yacht Club in Chestermere, where some very fond memories are anchored.
I am thankful for all I have learned and have yet to learn about him.