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What did your Grandfather do for a living?

Remember this thread on another forum years ago, turned into an interesting view into lives of yesteryear and lost professions/trades, as well as some badass shit older generations lived through.

My Dads dad was a renowned glass blower and chandelier designer, he emigrated from Poland to Ireland in the early 30s, not a very common move in those days but one he no doubt was thankful for a few years later when the nazis invaded (he had some gypsy blood which wouldnt have made him too popular), died a few weeks after I was born so never really knew him sadly.

My mothers dad was a barber all his life, the old-school type with a red and white pole out front, also a staunch IRA man and chronic alcoholic, was somewhat notorious for once drunkenly beating the shit out of a priest outside church for some imagined insult, never lived it down.

anyone got some interesting ones?

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He killed people.
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He worked as a principal of school.

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My grand father was an artist for a living (died in 1977), he also did backdrops for Warner Bros. in the 1950s, fuck yeah. His name was DeWitt Jordan if anyone is curious enough to look him up.
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My grand father was an artist for a living (died in 1977), he also did backdrops for Warner Bros. in the 1950s, fuck yeah. His name was DeWitt Jordan if anyone is curious enough to look him up.
Just had a google there, thats fucking awesome, some amazing work

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My mom's dad basically made sure his family didn't starve during the Great Depression by working in the Civil Conservation Corps camps all through the Ozarks. Then, he came home, married my grandmother, and worked as a mechanic on the railroad for the rest of his life. He died before I was born, but he was so loved in his community that they had to put chairs out in the parking lot for his funeral.

My dad's dad was a drunk who had to be removed from the family home on account of him being an abusive dick. My dad is the only one of his siblings who came out halfway functional - and that's mostly because he lets my mom tell him what to do, and he likes it that way.
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I like woman who tell me what to do.
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This is my father's father this past Rememberance Day, receiving a medal from the Province of Newfoundland as a 91 year old WWII vet. Still full of piss-n-vinegar.

My mother's father was a Scottish immigrant who at one time owned a bowling alley/confectionery. Unfortunately he passed away before my birth.


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Re: What did your Grandfather do for a living?

He was a Police Officer, and also served the military for quite a bit if I remember correctly from all the stories he told me. Still remember his 3-hour couch stories he kept telling be until he got Alzheimer's and had to go to a nursery home, they were probably the only "old man stories" that didn't bore me .

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