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Please remember me - a Coco story about Gramps

Updated: Jun 29

“Please Remember Me”

By Doug Jessop, ABC4 News


My grandfather and I were very close. He died many years ago. The last thing he told my mother was “Please Remember Me”. I’m now a grandfather. My son called me one day to tell me I needed to see a movie but wouldn’t say why. There’s a song in the movie Coco that says it all. “Until you are in my arms again, remember me.”


My grandfather was George Youngquist. I called him Gramps. He was born in December 21st 1903 in Oak Park, Illinois to Swedish immigrants Ida and Frederick. His Mother, died when he was 8 years old. George’s father’s had to go back to Sweden when his visa expired. Gramps was 12 years when moved to Pasadena, California to live with his mother’s sister – Auntie Augusta. She raised him as her own son. George had a happy childhood in California. Working in the garden. He had a newspaper route to make extra money.


He grew up and met a beautiful nursing student, Florence, at a dance. They got married in 1936. They had two lovely daughters, the oldest one being my Mother. He owned Youngquist Upholstery and made beautiful furniture. Sadly, his wife died of breast cancer at the age of 43. My mother was 14. I was born 6 years later.


Gramps was the kindest most patient man I’ve ever know. I remember rubbing noses together, he called them “eskimo kisses.” With a smile, he would rub his 5 o’clock shadow on my face. I knew I was loved. He always had a camera nearby, telling stories. He took pictures of a rare snow storm in Pasadena in 1949.


I follow in his footsteps with pictures and stories. He would come to our house often for Sunday dinner and I would give him a tour of our rose garden. I grow roses to this day and think of him.


Gramps was a sharp dresser. I had a set of his cufflinks built into a custom hat that I call “The George.” So Gramps. When you said, “please remember me”, know that I’ve got you covered. Stories Have Power. They help us Understand. With another entry in Jessop’s Journal, I’m George Youngquist’s grandson – Doug Jessop, ABC4 News


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