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Grover Bless

Grover Eduardo Bless

Tuesday, April 24th, 1951 - Friday, January 1st, 2021
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Grover Bless “apa”, 69, of Orem, Utah, passed away on January 1, 2021, surrounded by his children and devoted wife. He was married to Lida Isabel Bless in 1977, and recently celebrated 43 years of beautiful marriage. Grover is survived by his four children Gustavo Bless, Meckin Bless, Ian Bless, Taisia Bless and many, many, family members and friends who loved him dearly. He was the best grandpa, “apa”, to his six grandkids who also miss him greatly.

Grover brought joy to everyone he came into contact with. He was the light of his family. Known as the family jokester, he was infamous at making even the most serious of person laugh out loud with his crazy jokes, “occurrencias”, dancing and stories. His charm, mischievousness, and love of life were unforgettable.

Grover was born to parents Eduardo Bless and Maria Bustamante, on April 24, 1951, in Trujillo, Peru. He attended Colegio Nacional San Juan in Trujillo Peru, where he had some of his fondest trouble making memories. Here is where he got the nickname “loco”.

After graduation, Grover became an air traffic controller and worked for CORPAC until his retirement in 1999. Being the adventuring spirit he was, Grover moved to Utah in 2000 with his wife and children for a change of scenery and a taste of the American dream. Known for his love of travel, prior to the pandemic, Grover had recently completed a long six cross-country European trip, and was in the works to visit Barcelona again this upcoming fall. He rarely sat still.

Grover loved to learn and try new things. He was an avid chess player, artist, sportsman and talker. His favorite sport was soccer, but lived for chess and painting his favorite style of art, abstract art. He participated in chess tournaments and had his art even hung in the Provo library as part of a community exhibit. A man of many talents, he was known to excel at anything and everything he tried. Grover would collect books on chess, and Peru, but was most known for his collection of Hawaiian shirts, which he would wear all year long.

Being originally from Trujillo Peru, he treasured Peruvian food, and loved to make his family ceviche on special occasions. He would educate his children and grandchildren on their heritage with pride, and would play Peruvian criolla music on weekends for the Sunday brunch with his family. He was a naturally happy and social person. Forever we will remember his wittiness, and nicknames he gave the whole family. A family man, he left a great example to all of what a son, brother, dad, grandpa and husband should be.

Grover treated one and all with great affection. He was one in a million and always a fun and loving person to be around. He is described as being the light of the family because when he walked into a room everyone felt his presence and laughed and felt his good energy. He was an example to us all how family is everything; something that is to be cultivated and preserved. Thank you for these life lessons Grover. Loco you leave a deep emptiness in our hearts. We never thought you would leave us so soon. Even if you had lived to be 100, it would have been too soon. I know he would not like us to be crying or feeling sad. If he knew he would laugh at us all, shaming us saying something like “ya basta, …con esas caras de cojudos…!”

In lieu of a funeral we request friends and family take a video or picture of them lighting fireworks in his honor and post it to his Facebook page if you haven’t done so already. Poppers work as well. If all else fails throw on your most colorful Hawaiian shirt and take a selfie! If you do not have a Facebook account, we request you send your picture or video to Gustavo or Meckin to upload. Don’t be shy! Please help us spread the word about posting as much as possible.

Te quiero mucho apa!

Grover Bless “apa”, de 69 años, de Orem, Utah, falleció el 1 de enero de 2021, rodeado de sus hijos y su devota esposa. Estuvo casado con Lida Isabel Bless en 1977 y recientemente celebró 43 años de hermoso matrimonio. A Grover le sobreviven sus cuatro hijos Gustavo Bless, Meckin Bless, Ian Bless, Taisia Bless y muchos, muchos, familiares y amigos que lo amaban profundamente. Fue el mejor abuelo, “apa”, para sus seis nietos que también lo extrañan mucho.

Grover trajo alegría a todas las personas con las que tuvo contacto. Él era la luz de su familia. Conocido como el bromista de la familia, era infame por hacer reír a carcajadas incluso a la persona más seria con sus bromas locas, "ocurrencias", bailes e historias. Su encanto, picardía y amor por la vida fueron inolvidables.

Grover nació de los padres Eduardo Bless y Maria Bustamante, el 24 de abril de 1951, en Trujillo, Perú. Asistió al Colegio Nacional San Juan en Trujillo Perú, donde tuvo algunos de sus mejores recuerdos de niñez. Aquí es donde obtuvo el apodo de “loco”.

Después de graduarse, Grover se convirtió en controlador de tráfico aéreo y trabajó para CORPAC hasta su jubilación en 1999. Siendo el espíritu aventurero que era, Grover se mudó a Utah en el 2000 con su esposa e hijos para cambiar de escenario y probar el sueño americano. Conocido por su amor por los viajes, antes de la pandemia, Grover había completado recientemente un largo viaje de seis países a través de Europa, y estaba trabajando para visitar Barcelona nuevamente este próximo otoño. Rara vez se quedaba quieto.

A Grover le encantaba aprender y probar cosas nuevas. Era un ávido jugador de ajedrez, artista, deportista y conversador. Su deporte favorito era el fútbol, pero vivía del ajedrez y de la pintura, su estilo de arte favorito, el arte abstracto. Participó en torneos de ajedrez e incluso colgó su arte en la biblioteca de Provo como parte de una exhibición comunitaria. Un hombre de muchos talentos, era conocido por sobresalir en todo lo que intentaba. Grover coleccionaba libros sobre ajedrez y Perú, pero era más conocido por su colección de camisas hawaianas, que usaba todo el año.

Siendo originario de Trujillo, Perú, atesoraba la comida peruana y le encantaba hacer ceviche en ocasiones especiales. Él educaba a sus hijos y nietos sobre su herencia con orgullo, y tocaba música criolla peruana los fines de semana para el brunch dominical con su familia. Era una persona social y feliz por naturaleza. Para siempre recordaremos su ingenio y los apodos que le dio a toda la familia. Hombre de familia, dejó un gran ejemplo a todos de lo que deberían ser un hijo, un hermano, un padre, un abuelo y un marido.

Grover trató a todos con mucho cariño. Él era uno en un millón y siempre una persona divertida y cariñosa con quien estar. Se le describe como la luz de la familia porque cuando entraba en una habitación todos sentían su presencia y se reían con él mientras sentían su buena energía. Grover nos dio un muy buen ejemplo dándonos a entender que la familia lo es todo, y que es muy importante cultivarla y conservarla. Gracias por estas lecciones de vida Grover. Loco dejas un profundo vacío en nuestros corazones. Nunca pensamos que nos dejarías tan pronto. Aun si hubieras vivido hasta los 100 años, habría sido demasiado pronto. Sé que a Grover no le hubiera gustado que estemos llorando o sintiéndonos muy tristes por su partida. Si el supiera que estamos muy tristes, se reiría de todos nosotros, avergonzándonos y diciendo algunas de sus bromas algo así como "¡ya basta, ... con esas caras de cojudos ...!"

En lugar de un funeral, solicitamos a todos los amigos y familiares que tomen un video o una foto encendiendo fuegos artificiales en su honor y lo publiquen en su página de Facebook si aún no lo han hecho. Los poppers también funcionan. Si esto no se puede, ¡ponte tu camisa hawaiana más colorida y tómate un selfie! Si no tiene una cuenta en Facebook, le solicitamos que envíe su foto o video a Gustavo o a Meckin para que ellos lo pongan en Facebook. ¡No seas tímido! Ayúdenos a difundir este mensaje lo más posible.

¡Te quiero mucho apa!
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