Saturday, December 31, 2005

Last Post of the Year

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Angus and Gemma with their Great Papa George in June 2005

In about an hour it will be the new year here in China. We are currently visiting Kunming, in the Yunnan province and have finally found the sun after 4 months of overcast in Chengdu. Sadly though, we had bad news this afternoon. After a battle with multiple myeloma my Grandpa George Amano passed away peacefully at his home in Torrance, California. If you had the opportunity to meet this wonderful man who was the most caring, generous, loving, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather you were very fortunate. Gemma and I will be leaving on Tuesday to come back to the US for his funeral and to spend time with our family.

15 comments:

Beth said...

Kim I'm sorry about your loss. It sounds like he was a wonderful man. I wish you peace as you go through the next few weeks.

Kirsten said...

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. Safe travels. Big hugs from us, we'll be thinking of you.
-Kirsten, Ned and Jake

missy said...

i'm so sorry-what a wonderful picture to cherish though. hope you have a safe trip!

Mel said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like he will be missed terribly. I hope you and Gemma have a safe trip.

Maura said...

Kim and family,
I'm so sorry about your Grandfather. We wish you safe travels and peace.
Love, Maura, Glen, Lily and Emma

Anonymous said...

K-I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope that you have a safe trip and are able to enjoy being around your loved ones.
Elaine and boys

Meegan Blue said...

Kim and family, I'm so sorry that you lost your grandfather. I vividly remember you and Jonny speaking so fondly of him. Didn't he even travel with you guys once to Ireland? I'm glad that you're coming back for the funeral. Our thoughts are with all of you. xoxo

Jill said...

Very saddened by your news. That is always so difficult.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry and sad by your news. You are in our thoughts. Travel safe!! I'll be thinking of you.
Love,
Annette

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry and sad by the loss of your Grandpa George. You are in our thoughts. Travel safe and I'll be thinking of you.
Love,
Annette

Anonymous said...

kim what can we say, except repeat the adjectives you have already used to descibe this man who has passed away. We all in Ireland have the most wonderful and precious memories of his visit and they will live with us forever. We know how sad you are and our thoughts and prayers are with you and Gemma as you travel to the funeral Love you
Mum and Dad Dallas and your Irish family

potusol said...

Kim, I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your Grandpa. I know how much my grandfather meant to me and how hard it was when he was gone. You're in my thoughts and I hope you and Gemma have a safe trip and some quality time with your family.

Anonymous said...

Dan and I were really sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather. He sounds like he was a wonderful person! Madeline & Dan Mahoney

Lisa Hamel said...

Kim and family...sorry about your Grandpa's passing. You are all in our thoughts.

candie said...

hello are y ou still in chengdu china? my name is candie and a friend and i were in chengdu last year for 3 weeks. she has married a chinese man there and lived there for about 16 months. her husband still is in chengdu . she came back and now we will go back again next year. i just want you to know your blog is outstanding. although i would love to see more pictures of chengdu the other pictures you have taken are amazing. and for you to have the opportunity to do this with your children will last for ever with them. i would like to know more if you are still there or not. and how things are there. i still talk to a few people via email and telephone. i would like to be your email friend. rooster64485@yahoo.com thanks i live in missouri close to nebraska missouri iowa. i live on a small farm with my husband and 2 of my 5 kids as the others are grown. thanks in advance. hope to see more chengdu photos candie