EXCLUSIVE: American women's football team hero Megan Rapinoe mourns the death of her grandfather Jack, 94 – who said her world cup victory was the happiest day of his life
- Team captain Megan Rapinoe & # 39; s grandfather Jack Rapinoe, watched the US-Netherlands World Cup Final on July 7 from his home in Redding, California.
- Former fire fighter Jack said after her 2-0 win: & I am so proud of her. This is the happiest day of my life. She is a national hero. & # 39;
- The 94-year-old died on August 22 after suffering from congestive heart failure
- Megan revealed his nickname for her when she was a child Ma Barker, after the gangster of the 1920s
World Cup women's championships soccer team Megan Rapinoe mourns the loss of her grandfather Jack Rapinoe
Megan Rapinoe, captain of the American women's football world championship, mourns after the death of her grandfather Jack, 94 years old.
The former fireman, affectionately nicknamed Megan & # 39; Ma Barker & # 39; got – after the 1920's gangster – died on August 22, but had told DailyMail.com of his pride in seeing her become a national hero.
Jack had been too weak to travel to Lyon, France to see his granddaughter beat the Netherlands 2-0 on July 7.
Instead, he had watched the victory on television at the house he shared with his builder son Jim, Megan's father, and daughter-in-law's daughter-in-law Denise in Redding, California.
DailyMail.com had been with Jack and Jim, who had stayed in California to look after his ailing father, as they watched the 34-year-old Megan who held up the World Cup after her victory.
Seeing Megan on the screen as she grinned from ear to ear in the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Jack told DailyMail.com: & I am so proud of her. This is the happiest day of my life. She is a national hero. & # 39;
Proud grandfather Jack Rapinoe (right) had been too weak of congestive heart failure to travel to Lyon, France to see Megan Netherlands beat 2-0 in the World Cup Final on July 7. Megan & # 39; s father Jim (left), a contractor, stayed at his home in Redding, California instead to watch the win on television. Jack died on August 22
Megan held up the trophy while being surrounded by her teammates to celebrate their victory at Parc Olympique Lyonnais
The retired San Bernardino firefighter city suffered from congestive heart failure when he died.
In June Megan spoke with great love about Jack on the sports website The Players Tribune: & # 39; Growing up, my grandfather had nicknames for me and my twin sister, Rachael. We sound exactly the same, but our personalities can no longer be different.
& # 39; Rach was the social queen. I was the tomboy. She was cold. I was sweet but also a little crazy, emotional. So my grandfather had these special names for us.
& # 39; Rach was & # 39; Muffin. & # 39; Muffin! Cute isn't it?
& # 39; I was & # 39; Ma Barker. & # 39;
& # 39; One day when I was quite young, I said: & # 39; Grandpa, what is a Ma Barker? & # 39; He said: & # 39; Well, Ma Barker was a person. & # 39;
& # 39; I said: & # 39; Oh, what did she do? & # 39; I thought maybe she was a female astronaut or a pioneering lawyer or something?
& # 39; He said: & # 39; Ma Barker was a notorious female gangster from the 1920s. & # 39;
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