Condolence & Memory Journal

Hey Grandpa, its been so long. The last memory I have of you while you were alive was when I was at your old house in Desert Hot Springs. I remember you being in the back room, and I went in to see you and you grabbed my hand and we prayed. I was little and was scared to see you so sick. I wish you could still be here. Im really happy for the time I had you. I wish you were to see me grow up. I wish I can talk to you and ask you for advice. I remember you would come home from work and we would be watching tv until we both fell asleep eating late night snacks. So much has happen since you been gone. So many hard times. I wish I could talk to you. I talked to you when I was little but I wish i could talk to you now that I'm older. I love you so much,. I have so many questions for you when I see you again. Sometimes I feel alone. I have family here for me but I just don't like to express my feelings much, so I keep it all to myself. I wish I could just talk to you. Well I just wanted to leave you this message. Love you Grandpa.

Posted by anonymous anonymous - california - Grandchild   March 23, 2019

I miss you dad so much. Sometimes I see a man that resembles you and I just wanna run up and hug him. I can still hear your voice. I miss talking to you. I wish you were still here all the time,

Posted by Crystal Aguilera - Albuquerque, NM - Daughter   November 13, 2018

Every day that passes, I miss you as much as the day you were born into the eternal life. I still am thankful for every memory and experience I had with you. I see you every time I look in my son's eyes. The joy and pain of life may sway back and forth, but my love is still strong, a gift you gave me. Thank you. God Bless you. And I will see you again one day....

Posted by Erick Nelson Nelson - South Gate, CA   October 26, 2018

So today it has been 5 years since I lost the most influential person in my life. I miss him dearly, but I do what he asked me before he passed to the best of my ability. He stressed the importance of the relationship with God. It is in the lessons he taught me that I found the promise that me and him will meet again. No more tears, now its only anticipation (and ok, yes, many many tears) for that day. When I ride to heaven in full Raider gear, I fully expect to see his smiling face in his full Ram gear. Much love, respect, appreciation, and gratitude for your life and its impact. I love you dad. I saw a hawk circling in the sky today and I know that represents your freedom from this earth. Rest well my friend.

Posted by Erick Nelson - South Gate, CA - Son   January 05, 2018

Happy Birthday Dad. I miss you everyday not just on your bday. I miss celebrating together. I love you. One day we will see each other again and I can't wait. I feel you a lot with me lately. ❤

Posted by Crystal Aguilera - Albuquerque, NM - Daughter   October 26, 2017

I'm really missing you today. I love you dad and wish you were still here. I hate that I can't pick up that phone anymore and just call to say hi...Josh misses you so much. It kills me. We all do.

Posted by Crystal Nelson Aguilera - Albuquerque, NM - Daughter   August 31, 2016

Hi Tina, Crystal and Erick,
I was very sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a very nice guy. He will be missed.
My name is Janet Hare. I am the sister of Paula Sandel. Your Grandmother Joann and Paula were friends from high school. They also lived a couple of houses apart from each other on Cresson St. in Norwalk where they grew up. The phone number I had for Joann was not a good number. I need to notify Joann of some terrible news regarding Paula. Please help me to get in touch with Joann as soon as possible.
My e-mail is and my phone number is (760) 887-3939.

Thank you,
Janet Hare

Posted by Janet Hare - Norwalk, CA - Friend of Joann & family   August 05, 2014

Well Dad, it's been 5 months since we said good-bye. I miss you so much. I didn't realize growing up and bumping heads like we did was because we were so much alike. As I became an adult you were the one person who "really" got me. Dad, I just want to tell you that I love and miss you so much and I thank you for teaching me to have a good heart, to be honest and thankful. I respect you for being such a hard worker and always providing for all of us. I can't tell you how much I miss your voice on the other end of the line saying, "hey Chris, how you doing"? You taught me to be a survivor and to never give up, you loved me when I didn't love myself and you never gave up on me. You are my hero dad, you fought like a soldier to the end..I celebrate that you are in heaven where you are no longer in pain, yet I grieve because we have to live without you. I can't wait for that beautiful day I get to see you again and catch you dad. I miss you every minute of every single day....

Posted by Crystal Nelson-Aguilera - Albuquerque, NM - daughter   June 09, 2013


It has been a little over two months since my father has passed and this is the first time I have been able to try to write what I feel. My dad was more than just the man who raised me, he was the man who taught me to treat people better than they treat you. He taught me to work for the only person who matters - Jesus. He was my heart and my friend. There is nothing on this earth that can replace the hole that is in my heart, but I will use the pain that I feel as fuel to live my life as he always asked: be there for family, friends, and those that need you. My father never believed blood made you family, but instead the binding of souls. He bound many around him and cared for them all in kind. I thank God for the time he gave me with this amazing man, I just can not wait for the day I can see his smile, hear his laugh, and feel the hug that used to let me know that I was love. I love you dad and I know that when we meet again there will be joy to replace these tears. Until then Rest, of all the people I have meet on earth, you deserve to Rest In Peace.

Posted by Erick Nelson - South Gate, CA - Son   March 12, 2013

Gary was an amazing person, he was always uplifting, positive and inspirational. He was a great role model not only at work but in life. He loved his family and made everyone feel like family, thank you Gary. My prayers go out to his family and loved ones

Posted by John Edgington - Indio, CA - friend   January 17, 2013

Thanks for all the great stories and all the support and love,you gave to Jeni and I. I miss u Brother.

Posted by ERIC STOWELL - PALM DESERT, CA - FREIND CO-WORKER   January 12, 2013

I'm one of the RN's at Canyon Springs and Gary basically did medications so we were in contact with each other every day we were both there. He was very pleasant at all times and always willing to be of assistance when needed. My husband met Gary at their Orthopedic Center where he had a total hip replacement and Gary was there for his knee. Gary is in a better place I know and is at peace and pain free. We will miss him. God bless his family and hope everyone is well.

Mario & Vivian Valorani

Posted by Vivian Valorani - Cathedral City, CA - Co-worker at Canyon Springs.   January 11, 2013


Gary will be missed. I appreciated his faith in GOD and his love for GOD. My prayers go out to you. I know the LORD will comfort your hearts in your time of grieve.

A Forte'

Posted by Avuse' Forte' - Beaumont, CA - Co-worker   January 11, 2013

To my beautiful Dad,
How can I even begin to express how much you meant to me and our family...The pillar of our family, the strength, the love, the faithfulness you expedited to us, I pray that I can always emulate those qualities as well.
Thank you for all that of your dedication to our family and for teaching us your morals and values. I can thank you for always feeling content in my life , regardless of the circumstances, because you taught me that the only thing that truly matters is the love of your family.
I love you Dad!
your #1 princess

Posted by Tina Marie Ramirez - Murrieta, CA - daughter   January 11, 2013