December 22nd, 2006

Egrets Reading

Anton David Kolodji, 1919-2006

Today, I received word that Anton Kolodji, my children’s grandfather and the father of my ex-husband, has died. Anton and I had a special kinship – I shared his love of science fiction. He had a wall of shelving in his enclosed patio filled with classic paperback books by Asimov, Clarke, Bester, Niven, Bradbury, Herbert, etc. Anton also loved music, especially the polka. I’ll never forget the day I helped him hook up his computer to his electronic keyboard and use his band-in-a-box software to play Polish polka music. He was a very happy camper that day.

Anton was extremely opinionated and could project a gruff, cantankerous persona, but underneath it all was a heart of gold – a man who loved his family and would willingly sacrifice for them. I’ll never forget the months he helped take care of me and my sons when I was confined to bed rest with my final, most difficult pregnancy. My daughter is 19 now, so it was a long time ago, but I can still see him bringing me the plates of food he had prepared, apologizing for his cooking every single time. In his final years, he was devoted to taking care of his wife, who has been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

He was a wonderful grandfather to my children and I will miss him very much.

half-finished
cups of coffee --
news of his passing