My sincere condolences for your loss Glenn and thank you for sharing your story and for your generosity.
My dad's not much of a knife guy. He has a couple that he carries on occasion, but he's not terribly interested in them. I gave him a Kershaw Leek in Elmax a couple years ago at Christmas. It wasn't slated as a gift originally. It just happened to be what I was carrying with me that day. I let him borrow it to open some packages and for once he commented that he really liked it. How svelte and lightweight it was. Naturally I just responded with a "Merry Christmas" and refused to take the knife back.
I do remember both grandfathers having a knife on them at all times though. My mom's dad was a Case man and carried nothing else, though he did have an Old Timer as well that I inherited when he passed. Must've been gifted to him and left in the box as it appeared almost new. My paternal grandfather always carried an Old Timer and I have a number of his. He taught me to "cut away from the body" when I was a whopping 3 years old.
This is my favorite:
I think it's the one he let me use that day.
I'm in for the Ontario. My step son is old enough now I think for his first fixed blade for camping and backpacking. While I'm sure one of my Moras would do just fine, I like the idea of him having something with some age and a story behind it. Plus, it's much cooler than a Mora Companion.