The actor said that they bring him "the same joy" that he and his wife felt when they had their children.
When actor Patrick Duffy married his wife, Carlyn Rosser, in 1974, he was the happiest man on this planet. While their marriage lasted more than four decades, it was tragically cut short when Carlyn died in January 2017, leaving him deeply saddened. The loving couple has two children, Padraic and Conor, who—like their adoring father—miss their mother every day. However, they also understand that bad things happen in life and that you have to do your best to move on, Closer Weekly reported.
Accepting her death was a difficult pill for the actor to swallow. Rosser died unexpectedly and without warning, making adjusting to her absence extremely difficult. Unfortunately, death took Rosser away from her husband after 43 years of marriage. It was a great loss for the then-70-year-old star who had spent nearly five decades of his life with his extraordinary partner. However, after her death, the actor told CloserWeekly in 2019 that he could still feel her presence, saying, "I can hear her. I can see her."
On this day 6 months ago my heart stopped yet I live on as she wishes We will be together eternally Thank you for the love and concern ❤️🙏💃🍀— Patrick Duffy (@therealpduffy) June 23, 2017
Throughout everything, her sons were present to console their father. While they tried to lift him, Duffy noted that due to his age, he was well-adjusted to the situation. He said: "I'm probably more adjusted to this set of circumstances than they are. You reach a certain age and you realize the road ahead is much shorter than the road behind."
Although he misses his wife, Duffy is content because of his grandchildren. The actor stated that his sons' children are his "greatest pleasure," and that as a grandfather, he relives his experiences as a new parent. Duffy insisted that his grandchildren brought him "the same joy" that Padraic and Conor did.
The Dallas actor is a constant presence in his grandchildren's lives, and he admits that he enjoys spending time with them. Despite the special bonding time and fun they have during the holidays, the actor is not entirely satisfied. The doting grandad strives to teach the little ones some core holiday values, such as "innocence and appreciation," so that they truly comprehend the significance of these holidays.
Even at the age of 73, the adoring grandfather still gets excited about Santa Claus. Duffy revealed that the family has always honored the December holiday and that when his sons got married, they chose to honor it in their respective homes as well.
Duffy observed that Christmas always called for family unity, first among the nuclear family before inviting other family members to the house. He elaborated: "I always felt it was so important to wake up in your own bed as a child and to just have that family unit together all day, in your pajamas, eating crap you shouldn't eat."
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