This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a husband not just as a father.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.
This past Father’s Day, we honored my late grandfather, Giichi “Gabby” Umeda, better known to our family as “gramps”. In his 85 wonderful years of life, Gramps built special bonds with his family and friends, not always through words, but through his caring and generous actions. He always saw the best in everyone, especially his grandchildren. No matter how many times we screwed up, he always believed we could and would do better. His unconditional love cannot be replaced and I will miss him every day he is not with us. But, I will also carry his work ethic, determination and athleticism with me in everything I do.
On a similar note, family is the most important thing to me and will always always come first. That being said, in light of my recent loss, I have decided to withdraw from the 2009 CrossFit Games, so that I can be with my family to honor my grandfather on July 11th. Although I do regret not being able to compete this summer and showcase all my hard work, I know in my heart I am making the right decision. I want to thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult time. And, to all those who have supported me in qualifying for the games, thank you and I will see you guys next year! 🙂