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all about my grampa

i have these two factions of my brain that are duking out emotions right now.

there's the one half that's all matter-of-fact and yep, grampa died.

and while it was sudden, it wasn't like it was completely unexpected. he hadn't been doing well recently, and quite frankly, at thanksgiving 2001 i thought we were going to loose him for sure because of a kidney stone and other complications from that.

but then there's the other half that hears jokes i want to tell him or photographs i've taken that i want to show him and i can't and that part of my brain can't understand why.

we haven't had a memorial service for him yet because quakers don't have a 3 day rule or anything, you do it when it's convienent for the family, because not to be crass or anything, you're certainly not going anywhere, knamean?

so we're having a small memorial service on april 6. which is almost creepy because his wife (the woman i'm named after) died april 5 when my dad was 17.

he never married again.

he was kind of cantankerous. all of us baldwins are i guess.

we're not a family of grandstanding and traditions. any showing of emotions is likely to be met with an eye roll and a "why are you so dramatic?"

i didn't want to cry on the phone with my mom when she first told me the news.

i found his obituary in the newspaper.

here it is

Conrad A. Baldwin

Bucks County Courier Times

Conrad A. Baldwin, age 86, of Rydal, Pa., formerly of Yardley, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at Rydal Park, Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pa.

Born in Peru, Indiana, Mr. Baldwin lived in Yardley for 50 years before moving to Rydal 13 years ago.

Mr. Baldwin was a 1940 graduate of Perdue University School of Agriculture. In 1948 he completed the Master’s Program at Temple University. He formed a company called Mobil-Tronics, which manufactured mobile sound systems for schools and institutions. He retired from the Pennsbury School District, where he was employed as a teacher, after 28 years of service.

Son of the late Clarence A. and Emma (Kalbfleisch) Baldwin, and husband of the late Elizabeth (Cadwallader) Baldwin, he is survived by two sons, Conrad A. “Bud” Baldwin, Jr. of Newtown, Pa. and Jay Baldwin of Wrightstown, Pa.; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Sunday, April 6, 2003 at 2 PM at the Yardley Friends Meeting, 65 N. Main Street, Yardley, Pa. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Mr. Baldwin’s name be made to the American Cancer Society, High Point Professional Building, 700 Horizon Circle, Suite 201, Chalfont, Pa. 18914 or to the American Heart Association, 625 W. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, Pa. 19428.

Arrangements were under the care of the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, Morrisville, Pa.

5:37 p.m. - 2003-03-28

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