In Memory of My Grandfather Poems

Kelly Roper
Photo of Grandfather Holding Granddaughter

Poetry in memory of a grandpa who has died can help express loss. Grandfathers hold an honored place in the family, and like all family losses, it can be difficult to find the right words. If you're looking for a touching way to honor a grandfather at a funeral or memorial service, consider writing, or simply reading, a poem for your grandfather that expresses your love and gratitude for all he brought to your life.

Remembering Grandpa Poems

Losing a beloved grandfather is a very personal thing to go through. The following poems are examples of ways to share the pain of that loss while still paying tribute to a grandfather who passed away .

For My Grandfather

by Kelly Roper

My grandfather was a quiet man,
But his silence could speak volumes.

The warmth of his gaze said, "I love you."
The strength of his hugs said, "I will keep you safe."
The gentleness of his hands said, "You're precious to me."
His nod of approval for a job well done said, "I respect you."

In the years to come, I may not remember many of the words my grandfather spoke,
But the memories of what he conveyed without speaking a word will stay in my heart.

A Wonderful Guy

by Kelly Roper

Jovial Grandpa

Silver-haired, with a twinkle in his eye,
Our grandpa was a wonderful guy.
His laugh could always fill up a room,
So jovial with a resounding boom.

When grandpa would come to our house to visit,
We kids relished every single minute.
He'd tell us stories from when mom (or dad) was little,
And sometimes he'd play us a song on his fiddle.

We could always ask grandpa when we needed advice,
And he never had to tell us anything twice.
He was a man you could always take at his word,
And he never had to speak loud to be heard.

Now the room will no longer echo with his laughter,
Since he's moved on into the mists of ever after.
But to those who know and love him like we still do,
His memory will warm our hearts 'til we go to heaven too.

Not Truly Gone

by Kelly Roper

Not truly gone poem

Grandpa slipped away,
Quietly one day.
He simply went to sleep,
No more to wake or weep.

Now we gather here
And quietly shed a tear,
As we lay him in the ground,
No solace to be found.

But Grandpa's not truly gone,
Because his memory lives on,
In all of us who loved him,
Never to be forgotten.

How I Remember Grandpa

by Kelly Roper

Fishing Trip with Grandpa

Faded hat,
A flannel shirt,
Always digging,
In garden dirt...

This is how I remember Grandpa.

Fishing pole,
Folding chair,
Casting into the lake,
Sitting quietly there...

This is how I remember Grandpa.

Smiling at Grandma,
Holding her hand,
Kissing her cheek,
Telling her she's grand...

This is how I remember Grandpa.

Feeling tired,
Growing weak,
Drifting in and
Out of sleep...

This is how I remember Grandpa.

Still and silent,
No more pain,
Nothing left to
Lose or gain...

I will always remember Grandpa.

I Miss You, Grandpa

by Tamsen Butler

I know my days were often full
And I ran from place to place
Everything fell into a lull
As I kept this hectic pace

But when I heard the awful news
When my heart was smashed to bits
You were a love I wasn't ready to lose
I wanted all the time with you fate permits

I wish I'd spent more time
Learning from your past
Time with you was sublime
Life goes way too fast.

I miss your smile and your voice
I loved your strength and care
If I had my choice,
I'd reach out and you'd be there.

A Poem for Grandpa From Your Granddaughter

by Tamsen Butler

Poem for Grandpa From Your Granddaughter

You may not have been my dad
But our bond was special still
Losing you has made me sad
Your legacy I will fulfill

I'll be strong
And I'll be kind
I'll sing a song
Of love defined

I'll let all girls know
That they can do it all
Because that's what your love showed
Your impact wasn't small

A Poem for Grandpa From a Young Grandchild

by Tamsen Butler

Poem for Grandpa From a Young Grandchild

You were big
And I am small
We liked to dig
And go to the mall.

My first friend
I was your buddy
We played pretend
And got real muddy

I love you, big guy
Thanks for the fun
I'll see you in the sky
When I'm playing on the run.

I'll Miss Fishing

by Tamsen Butler

I'll Miss Fishing Poem

I'll miss fishing with my papa
I'll miss fishing with my friend
I'll miss fishing with my confidante
I'll miss fishing with my forefather

My pole sits alone
No bait on my hook
No person to guide me
No partner to laugh with

Papa's gone
Yet my boat remains
I'm the lucky one
For having had such a solid guide.

Writing a Poem for Your Grandpa

Writing a poem doesn't have to be a difficult task; in fact, it can be cathartic. Gather photos of your grandfather, especially candid photos from family gatherings, and take a walk down memory lane. Start jotting down your thoughts and feelings, and just let your ideas flow freely. When you feel like you have gathered together what you want to say, try to organize it a bit. You can rhyme if it comes naturally to you, but free form verse is fine too. Once you are satisfied with your poem, you can share it with others or keep it as your personal memorial to your grandfather.

In Memory of My Grandfather Poems