September 4, 1913.  Forty-two years before Disneyland would open, fifty-eight years before Walt Disney World would open, Henry Mitchell Canfield was born.

My Grandpa is as big a blessing in my life as I have.  All of the Disney references aside, Grandpa and I have had a bond that has lasted throughout the test of time.  My Grandpa was the one that took us to Walt Disney World for my first visit to the “World” in 1979.  He has been there whenever I’ve needed him, and today, I am here for him.  Happy Birthday Grandpa!  We love you!  In this picture, my Grandpa is seen wearing my Mickey Safari Hat that I picked up over at the Magic Kingdom!  Enjoy!

The Good Lord chose to take Grandpa home this morning at 12:01 AM, right after we sung Happy Birthday to him on his 98th birthday.  His family was all there in person or in spirit, and he just slept the most peaceful sleep.  He came Home.  I’ll miss him, but I’m also celebrating — he is right where he belongs, right next to my Grandma.

Thank you for stopping by today — it means the world to all of us. registered & protected



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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!


11 Responses to “Happy Birthday Grandpa – and Rest In Peace”

  1. Mike, now I have to redo my mascara before church! What a blessing! I'll continue to pray for you and yours!

  2. Thank you My Blogorail Beth's! Sorry about the mascara, being there was so powerful, and really showed us how awesome God is!

  3. That gives me a chill! What a wonderful, sweet good-bye. Praying for your family!

  4. […] years old today!  It’s hard for me to imagine that this time three years ago, he had just passed away in his sleep.  My Grandpa was 98 when he was called Home, and he is probably the only person I will ever meet […]