I never knew my maternal grandfather, but I know he was a geologist and played basketball in university. Basketball was my sport of choice in middle school and high school. I gave my son the middle name "James"... and tonight I discovered that my daughter has more than a passing interest in rocks as we poured over a book about fossils and she declared "I want to be a geologist!"
Perhaps a little bit of him lives on in us. It's a nice thought.