My Saba passed away today.
He was 92.
A US Army veteran, who, along with (תבדלטו"א) Savta, raised 5 children, 17 grandchildren (of whom I am the eldest), and many great-grandchildren בלי עין הרע, Saba will be greatly missed.
The amazing thing about Saba is that despite his becoming a Shomer Shabbat late in life, ALL of his descendants are B"H Shomerei Torah Umitzvot. Many of his descendants have Semicha or married people who got Semicha. My Saba had a special Zechut.
My grandparents retired to Israel in the '80s because of Saba's great love of Eretz Yisrael. He and (תבדלטו"א) Savta left all their numerous friends and relatives in the US and came to settle in the land that they knew was their home, which was not an easy task. He was even an admirer of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane Z"L at a time when it was unpopular to do so.
I had the special privilege to speak with Saba over the phone just hours before his passing. He repeatedly told me, "Everything will be OK". Now that he has passed, I am not privy to know the true meaning of his words.
I have many more personal memories of Saba, but they are out of the scope of this post.
May his memory be a blessing. יהי זכרו ברוך.