2000 Contest Entry
My Role Model may not be native and may not have become famous or overly successful but he was always there for me and the rest of my family until the day he died. My role model is my grandfather, James Morey Power.
He lived all his 72 years with faith in God and everyone else around him. My grandfather was born in St. Johnís, Newfoundland on January 30, 1918. He grew up in a regular family and household, where he was the oldest of four children. He lived everyday to the fullest even when he was sick fighting his hardest fight of all against the disease Leukemia. Which in the end would win the battle and take him from us.
When he was old enough, he married my grandmother, Mary Violet Adams (Power). They had ten children, seven boys, and three girls, including my mother Lucia Brenda Power (Jeddore) who was the third youngest. He was an accountant for most of his years, until he turned to working and praying at a church named St. Teresaís in St. Johnís, Newfoundland.
I have very little memories of my grandfather, but the ones I have I hold close to my heart. The most vivid memory I have of my grandfather is in nanís house sitting on her couch with my older sister Danielle, my younger brother John Nick and my grandfather. I remember he had John Nick in his arms and me and Danielle on both sides of him, with his arms around us reading a bedtime story aloud so that we could hear it.
This October is the ten year anniversary of his death. I miss him more than anyone will ever know, even though I did not know him for a long time. He taught me everything good in me. If not directly from him, then from his youngest daughter, my mother. They taught me to believe in myself, have faith in myself and in God above, and most importantly live everyday to the fullest because who knowís there might not be a second chance around the corner waiting.
Conne River, NFL
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