I lost my grandfather on my mothers side before I was even born. He died of cancer. I knwo he had his voice box taken out and had that hole in his throat.
Then my grandmother got remarried (before I was born). My step grandfather (who I just called my grandpa because he's the only one I've ever known) died of lung cancer just before I turned 13. It was very heartbreaking. He actually died around 1:00 November first. My grandmothers birthday was on Halloween, so I know that has to be hard for her every year.
I miss him dearly. He was the only father figure I ever had. I feel like he's watching over me though.