Today, my grand father Clarence Riggs passed away. He was born on the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland in 1915. Yeah that’s right…He lived to be 101 years old.
We always hear about the legacy we leave behind, and how people will remember us. My grandfather did that and so much more. At 101 he lived a full life. He never said a bad word about anyone, never cursed, and always put others before himself.
This is what I wish to do with this blog post, celebrate my grand father. Honor and remember him.
Here are 3 things I learned about living a full life…Taught by one of the greatest men I ever knew;
1. God Came First – My grand father was a man of faith. His relationship with God came first and foremost. And while I never appreciated that growing up, the more I grew in my faith, the more I see how important this relationship was for my grand father.
Everything else in his life was formed because of the relationship he had with his Creator and Savior. The way he treated others. Served others. Worked with others. All came from his faith. It grounded him and humbled him, and because of that he lived a fulfilled life with so much wealth…The spiritual and soulful kind 🙂
2. His Health Was A Priority – As you can see, he was a huge outdoorsmen. He loved to fish. He loved to hunt. And he literally walked for 2 miles a day. No matter what. Ask anyone that knew him, they would tell you he was most likely found some where n the ‘bush’…Walking.
He always ate 3 meals a day, and while he enjoyed his ice cream as a late night snack, he had a healthy appetite and enjoyed good food with great company. Wholesome food was a staple of his diet, after all he caught a lot of fish and hunted a lot of wildlife lol
3. He Loved & Served – My grand father (and grand mother) received the Order of the Red Cross in 1997. They were always active in the community, their church and around the island of Newfoundland. He loved his family, he loved his friends and was always doing something for someone…Somewhere. Some how.
(My grand parents on their honeymoon on the Terra Nova River – 1945)
On top of that, he had 4 children. 2 grand sons. And 3 great grand children with a fourth on the way in August of this year. He was always around family, and loved each of us with all his heart.
I’ll miss my grand father. If anyone could write a definition of living the perfect life, my grand father’s name would be a shining example.
He put his faith first, exercised daily and served others! That’s a pretty good formula if you ask me for a long, full life.
If I could be a tenth of the man he was, I’ll be fine with that 🙂
Here is an interview that was done with my grandpa in 2011. It was called ‘Clarence Riggs –
One of the most interesting people in Newfoundland’.
P.S.….And if you have ever wondered where I got my love of reading from…As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…