Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
~ 1 Corinthians 13 4-6
Quite simply; to me David Chesterton (who I am both privileged and honoured to have called Grandpa) exemplifies the true meaning of love in its purest form.
I’m quite sure we could all agree that David was an extraordinary man who led an equally extraordinary life.
I doubt there is a single person in this room or otherwise who had the priviledge of meeting him who wasn’t in turn blessed by it. David had a heart of gold, and a genuine wish to help and ‘love on’ the people he cared for.
I can’t personally speak for any of you but can speak from my own experience in that I am better for him and for his presence in my life. He taught me to embrace my flaws and then grow from them, to look inward and be humble. An introvert by nature, it is because of him that I am able to stand up before all of you today and speak.
Both he and my Grandma have always been a constant; both of them with their unceasing and unconditional love and Grandma for her listening ear, support and her encouragement to come through whatever I was enduring at the time.
Many, in fact; if not most of my fondest childhood memories involved one if not both of them.
I learned at a very young age from the both of them the real beauty and magnificence in art and all its forms.
Because of them I have a love for classical music and writing. I also learned the beauty of life, even in the struggles because both of them have taught me how to ‘life’, they’ve taught me the importance of self reflection and that change isn’t something to be feared but rather; embraced and the most important to continually seek personal growth.
In fact; I attribute (very gratefully) much of the woman I have become to them and the truth that they never gave up on me or our relationship even if I had already done both.
Oh Grandpa, there are so many things I never got to adequately convey or articulate to you before your passing. It’s only in the past months and even more recently writing this speech that I realize how truly blessed I am for your love and all that you gave. Thank you for being a constant especially amongst the many years of chaos. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you or everything you gave.
To say you are missed is the understatement of a lifetime. Until we meet again,
I love you xx