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Thursday, February 07, 2008



Dear Fabrice,

It is nice to read on your dad and see him.
Thank you for sharing!

Take care,



Hi Fabrice,
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. What a loving tribute to a beautiful man. I see now where you got your good nature and appreciation for the beauty that surrounds you. Thank you for sharing such a personal moment.
Warm hugs,


Dear Fabrice, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss... this must be a difficult time for you, please let me know if there is anything I can do.






Beautiful write-up about your Dad! Thanks for sharing such a personal moment and be sure to take time for yourself to heal!

*More hugs*



Fabrice, Caroline and Marianne,

I am so sorry to hear about Fred's passing. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Thanks for posting these words on your Dad's life.



Dear Fabrice,
I’m deeply sorry for your loss and please accept my condolences. The way you described the moments with your father in France was so touching. Hope time can heal this sorrow. Please let me know if you need my help in any way.


beautiful post fabrice. so glad to have been able to share last weekend with you.

thinking of you.

love rach



This is a beautiful tribute to your father. It was lovely to see you last week and you're in my thoughts. Love, Tenny


That was a truly touching tribute Fab.

Wonderfully vivid description of your summers in France... When we were kids you used to describe those bike rides with your dad with the same fondness.

It is so true that when your dad spoke it was always so deliberate and with such elegance that I couldn't help but to hang on every word(even when it was in French!)

All my love to you and your family again Fab.



Hi Fab -
So sorry to hear about your dad - my thoughts are with you and your family.


David Nykl

Once again, condolences to you, your mom and sisters for your loss. And thanks for having us over last week - it was truly tremendous on your part. May your sadness have an unhurried path...

Jacquie Steuart

So sorry to hear your news about your father. What a beautiful and loving tribute to him that he has a son who cherishes him so much. Best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time,

Melanie Blackwell

hi Fabrice,
Sorry to read about your father's passing. Your writings about him were beautiful to read. I hope you are doing alright and take comfort in your memories of him.
best wishes and love,

Stephanie van Reigersberg

Marianne, Fabrice, Caroline,
I have been thinking about you, all four of you for days now, and somehow I decided to google Frederic, and up popped Fabrice's blog--what a strange coincidence and how grateful I am to be able to send all three of you my deepest sympathy. I know how much you loved him and how much you will miss him. You all know that he was a major figure in my young life and that I have never ceased being grateful for all that he gave me while I was his student. Please give my condolences to Eve and Claire and let me know how you are all doing. Much love to all the Grovers and, Fabrice, thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting that wonderful photo!!,

Nicola Cooper

Marianne, Fabrice and Caroline,

I was so saddened to hear of your great loss. 'Uncle' Freddie, I heard so much about from Grandma and Grandpa (Dick and Jessie), and indeed all of you on their visits to Coutainville. I have such lovely memories of all of you in Vancouver in summer 2003 when I stayed with you. Mummy, Jono and I send our love you all. xxxx

Yvonne Hsieh

Dear Fabrice:

I don't believe we have ever met, but I was your father's student in 1977-1978. We were briefly colleagues from 1983-1985, after I returned to UBC as a sessional instructor and post-doctoral fellow for a few years before moving on to the University of Victoria, where I am still teaching. We kept in touch until around 1995.
I have never forgotten him, but he was particularly present in my mind this summer, as I was preparing for a new graduate course to be taught this fall. For this course, I chose four novels I had first read in the class I took with Dr. Grover over thirty years ago: Proust's Du côté de chez Swann, Gide's Les Faux Monnayeurs, Céline's Voyage au bout de la nuit, and Malraux's La Condition humaine. I even found my course notes for Fren 415! In re-reading them, I was once again reminded of the huge intellectual debt I owe Dr. Grover. It was largely due to his influence that I chose to specialize in 20th-century French Literature when I went on to pursue my doctoral studies at Stanford University.
I am glad to have found and read the beautiful tribute you wrote to your father, even though I was very sad to learn of his passing.
My very belated condolences to you and your family. I have fond memories of Marianne, and even remember meeting Caroline once when she was a little girl.
Yvonne Hsieh

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