Bad news. I found out a few days ago that my OTHER grandpa passed away while recovering in the hospital after his back surgery. He passed away at the age of 69 and I was a lot more connected in a relationship with my dad's dad than my mom's dad. Never would my family have imagined we would lose two people in two weeks. One of the special things I had in common with my grandpa was hockey. My grandpa played hockey as a young man, and was a big support to my dad and uncles when they were growing up playing hockey. When I became a hockey player, he would always be there for me and give me good advice. I will miss his support but I know in my heart he will always be there. A good thing that came of all this is that there was a lot of support not only from our family but our friends and our community, especially my hockey team. The love and care from everyone was just so kind and generous. I realized now that someone can have many different types of families, ones that you are related to, but also ones that you are not related to, like my "hockey family". I am very sad that my grandpa is gone but I feel he will now no longer be in pain. These past few few weeks may have been discouraging but I know that I still have a lot to look forward to and can carry on with all the support of my many "families".