Sunday, May 9, 2004

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Louis Drezner, R.I.P. (1902-2004)

No blogging for the next two days, as I'll be at my grandfather's funeral. Here's a reprint of the relevant sections of his obituary as it appeared in today's New York Times:

DREZNER -- Louis, 101 blessed years, passed away on May 7, 2004. Devoted husband to the late Sayde Hirsch Drezner, dear brother to older sister Shirley, treasured father to Susan, Barry, David, and Esther. Loving grandfather to Robyn, Robert, William, Lisa, Daniel, Erika, and Benjamin. Proud great-grandfather to Matthew, Emily, and Samuel. Admired uncle to his many nieces and nephews. Loyal and trusted friend and employer to E. Lois Marshall for 63 years. Founder and President of Illustrators, Inc., and Central Photographic Studio, accomplished gardener and landscape designer, skilled woodworker and model ship builder, a master Mr. Fix-It, a man of great curiosity, intelligence with a lifelong respect for education, of a strong ethical and moral character. A wonderful role model for his family and friends. How dearly we will miss him.

I'll miss his smile -- the man had a smile that made you forget your troubles and believe that all was right in the world.

Oh, and yes, you read the obituary correctly -- he is survived by his older sister, my great-aunt Shirley. She's 103.

UPDATE: My profound thanks to one and all for your kind condolences -- I'm very touched.

The ceremony was lovely, and sad as the occasion was, it was nice for the extended Drezner clan to congregate together and swap fond memories of Grandpa. His quite but authoritative presence will be dearly missed.

posted by Dan on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM


Wow, those are good genes. And I thought my 99 1/2 year-old grandfather was impressive...

My condolences for your loss. That brief obituary makes him sound like quite a man.

posted by: Kyle Haight on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My condolences and sympathies. Louis Drezner sounds like he was a wonderful man and a superb role model.

posted by: Pejman Yousefzadeh on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Good genes. But we knew that. How precious that he is remembered with so much love. God bless.

posted by: Sissy Willis on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Wow, I was just pondering the social importance of family relations and designing one's legacy to one's descendants when I absent-mindedly clicked to your blog--basesd on his obituary, your grandfather sounds like the epitome of a responsible ancestor. My condolences on your loss, but also my congratulations that you had such a man in your life. He must (still) be very inspiring.

posted by: Saheli Datta on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

It sounds like a great man has been lost, but after he lived a full life and left a fine legacy. My sympathy.

posted by: Brian Ulrich on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

How sad that he died: how great that he lived. Many condolences and best wishes to you and your family, especially his sister.

posted by: Jesurgislac on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Sorry for your loss, Dan.

posted by: Bithead on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My prayers for you and your family this hour.

posted by: Scott Ferguson on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Please accept my condolences for your loss.

posted by: Richard A. Heddleson on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Sorry, Daniel. No matter his age, I know it's always sooner than you'd like. Even this brief obit made me wish I'd known him. Take care, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

posted by: Barry N. Johnson on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My condolences Dan in your time of loss.

posted by: oldman on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Drezner family.

posted by: Robert Tagorda on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My condolences to the Drezner family. With genes like those, my great-grandchildren will be reading this blog.

posted by: Carelton on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

It sounds like he lived a long, and successful life, and you have my sincerest condolences.

You and your family will be in my prayers.

posted by: Brian on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Sorry for your loss, Dan

posted by: Tommy G on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Please accept my sympathies!

posted by: Ellewiz on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

101, thats a good long run at life. From the brief obituary it sounds like he made full use of that time. My condolences on this sad occasion.

posted by: sam on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Sounds like a fascinating gentleman who saw and did a lot of interesting things; my condolences for your family. The most I ever learned about history outside of books was from my nearly 90-year-old grandafather in the year before he passed away.

posted by: norbizness on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

May God bless your grandfather. Louis Drezner seemed to have enjoyed a rich and productive life. He is a great example for all of us.

posted by: David Thomson on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

You were blessed to have such a grandfather. My coondolences to you.

"Appalled Moderate"

posted by: Alonzo Church, 3rd on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Like others have said, my condolences to a good man. Given the obituary, I can only say that the life he lived, deserved to be celebrated. I've always loved the irish way of dealing with deaths - celebrating the life, rather than mourning the death, even celebrating the tears that come from feeling the loss of someone special. It has always seemed a profound way to deeply appreciate someone's life.

So, condolences - and a toast - to a life well lived! May we always be so lucky to have around us those people who live fully and well in their lives, and may we strive to be one of those people.

posted by: JC on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Condolences on your loss: I hope you were able to collect memories from your grandfather to treasure now that he is gone...he sounds as if he quite an exraordinary man.

posted by: Jay C on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

I'm very sensible of your loss, Professor - as, it would appear, are the whole lot of your regulars. Certainly he was very proud of you.

posted by: Arthur Wellesley on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My condolences, Dan.

posted by: ogged on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My condoleances, Dan.

posted by: ch2 on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Condolences on your loss.

Travel safely, and remember that you carry those good genes always (along with wonderful memories).

posted by: kluless on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My condolences on your loss.

posted by: Thorley Winston on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Sorry for the loss. Congrats for the opportunity to share in such a life.

posted by: wishIwuz2 on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My sympathy for your loss is tinged with envy of your having been on intimate terms with a man who sounds quite extraordinary. My best wishes to you and your family.

posted by: Zathras on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My and my family's condolences.

Sadly, I've lost all of my grandparents. When my mother's mother died - she was the last of my grandparents - it really hit me hard. As we probably all experience, grandparents let us get away with things our parents never would have.

And yet when we disappointed our family by doing something stupid, the hurt that really stung was when we saw the disappointment on their faces. Not just on our parents. But our grandparents.

All grandparents go to Heaven.


posted by: SteveMG on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

My sincere condolences, Dan.

posted by: arr-squared on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Sorry to sound like a broken record, but you have my sincerest condolences about your grandfather's passing. I hope you and your family stay well.

posted by: LJ on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Unlike most of the others I don't think condolences are in order. I will congratulate you for the blessing of having this wonderful human being around for as long as you did. There is a loss but I'm sure you were prepared for it and know that he still lives in the wonderful memories you have. I would guess we will all hear from your grandfather again through your writings even though even you may not realize it.

posted by: Ron on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

So sorry for your loss, Daniel. I'm sure your fond memories of him will sustain you through this.

posted by: David Pinto on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

We pray that you may be comforted among all the mourners of Israel.

posted by: Andrew J. Lazarus on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

Mr. Drezner: Very sorry for your loss, sir. (Please don't read any disrespect into my's one I always use.) My prayers are with you and your family.

posted by: GrimmerReaper on 05.09.04 at 02:37 PM [permalink]

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