My grandfather, Rolf Larsen, did much good for everyday people
August 20, 2014 12:00 AM
John Heller/Post-Gazette - 1994 - Justice Rolf Larsen in a 1994 file photo by John Heller Original Filename: Justice Rolf Larsen.jpg
Regarding my grandfather, Rolf Larsen (“Impeached Pa. Supreme Court Justice Was a Rebel in Robes,” Aug. 13 news obituary): He and I were very close. I have been blessed to have multiple sets of grandparents and great-grandparents, but the bond that he and I shared was special beyond the others; he was more like a father to me.
Since I was born he dedicated the majority of his life to me. He would pick me up every Wednesday from school and spend the day taking me to do anything I wanted. I would usually spend at least one weekend night at his place, too. I’m a big animal lover so he took me to Animal Friends when it was still in the Strip and we started volunteering there.
When I was 17, he was the one who took me on a nine-day trip to visit all the colleges around the country I was interested in. He was very into fitness and healthy eating. He’d work out every day, 365 days a year, no matter what. I would sleep at his condo every Christmas Eve and he would still make me wake up on Christmas morning to work out with him before we opened any presents! Annoying at the time, but a good lesson to instill in the long run.
It’s really a shame that his legal career was ended prematurely, because he did so much good for the everyday person, and I think he could have accomplished so much more in the future. Grandad Woo Woo may have been outspoken and eccentric, but at least he was honest, and I think that’s a trait found few and far between among politicians and should be sought after more.
Without his influence, I can’t even imagine how differently I could have turned out. He taught me to never beat around the bush and to always speak my mind, to stand up for my beliefs even if it may not be popular opinion, and that in times that may appear hopeless, never give up — because there is always hope.
He was the funniest, wittiest, goofiest, stubbornest, most intelligent person I know and my heart is heavy without him.
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