Remembering Who He Was

Remembering Who He Was

Leadership | Posted by - November 11, 2017 at 12:30 am

He liked to laugh. He adored his wife. He loved his three boys more than life itself. He was handsome and when he entered a room his presence instantly filled it. He was quiet and he’d often get lost in thought. Music made him happy. He watched over others to make sure everyone was always doing okay, because nobody should ever be unhappy under his watch. The last thing he thought about at night was his immense love for his family. The first thing he thought about in the morning was how immensely he would miss them when he shipped out. 

"He" was my grandfather. My dad's dad. I never got to know him because he was killed during World War II as a prisoner of war, onboard an enemy ship that was torpedoed. The little I do know about him is what has been passed down to me in stories told by my dad and grandma. He was killed when my dad was just 14-years-old. My dad became the man of the house at the very moment my grandfather died. My grandmother became a poor widow in her early 30’s, with three young boys to raise on her own, in the 1940’s.  

My granddad was killed while serving his country and defending freedom so that his granddaughters, whom he would never meet, his great grandchildren, whom he would never know, and his great great grandchildren could all live in peace. 

He was a good man. He loved his family. He was a hero to us and his country.  

He was my grandfather.

Tags: remember, canada, canadian armed forces, remembrance day

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list.  She is also the CEO of, a company she founded in 2012 that is dedicated to serving and investing in entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial lifestyle. 

Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning CBC series Dragons’ Den, The Big Decision and marketing expert on Recipe to Riches.  She is the author of two books, the number one bestselling book, Persuasion and her most recent best-selling release, All In. 

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