Pop-Pop’s Life Lessons and Advice – a video

Pop Pop DubbleMy Pop-Pop, Clyde Dubble, has been an amazing role model through out my life. He has always been present. During my childhood he attended almost every concert, band competition, or theater event I was in. He has been apart of every holiday, birthday, graduation, family vacation or other special occasion.

Like a third parent he has offered me unconditional love, support, and wisdom. Some of my best memories include scream singing “I’m Proud to be an American” in his pick up truck, eating crackers on his boat in Avalon, long walks on the beach, sleepovers at his house, and that time I ran his riding lawn mower into his truck and he didn’t tell on me.

He is the most friendliest man you will ever meet. Wherever we go he seems to run into someone he knows. If not, he makes a point of asking people “and where are you from?”. He grew up on a farm in Lancaster and built a successful life for himself and his family.  He has so many friends and is full of so much positivity and love. He makes me so happy and I’m so lucky to be able to document some of his life memories.

I think we all can learn a little something from Pop-Pop.

Last week he turned 88. I decided to interview him about his experiences, life lessons and advice:

Do you have a grandparent who has played a special role in your life? xoxo katie

  • This video is so, so great. It makes me want to do the same thing with my grandma… I love it!

    • Thank you! We had a lot of fun doing it too, he lights up so much talking about the good old times.

  • Pat (Mom)

    Thank you for celebrating Pop-Pop’s birthday by writing about your fond memories of him and taping his thoughts on life. I cried throughout the whole blog and video and I’m still crying. We are all so lucky to have him in our lives. Katie, thanks for honoring him in your blog. Love you.

  • Katie – I just wish that my kids had the wonderful experience with my parents that you did with your PopPop. This is just one of those things that money can’t buy. (And no one ever told me about you running into his truck!)

    • Truly lucky to have him! Rare these days to have grandparents so involved. The desire to give this same gift to our own children has played a large role in deciding where we want to live!

  • I loved this post. It brought tears to my eyes and I know I don’t even have to tell you how lucky you are to have him. My Grandfather sounds a LOT like yours. And our relationship seems just as close. My Grandfather was my world. Sadly, just shy of two months ago, he was taken from us. He had cancer but his passing was sudden and unexpected (boy was that hard to blog about.) But he passed with all 16 of us surrounding his bedside. I wish I had taken the time to do an interview like this when he was alive. I have amazing memories and am trying to write down all the stories he told us and all the memories before they’re fleeting from my brain. Missing him has only become more difficult for me but reading about your grandfather brought me some sort of comfort today. I’m happy to see other’s experiencing the same bond I had with my Grandpa. Thanks for sharing this and cherish every sweet second you get with him!


    • Melanie,
      Thank you so much for sharing your story. Always remember how lucky you were to be a part of his world. It is a true blessing. I look at every time we have together as a gift. Some people don’t realize that until it is too late. I’m happy you didn’t have that experience. xoxo Katie

  • Our country internet finally let us watch this video and we loved it. Thanks for creating and archiving such great ideas from our wonderful grandfather.

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