Where's Poppa? : Where in fact was Poppa?

Where in fact was Poppa?

I don't think it was even explained. Dead? Did he run off?

Re: Where in fact was Poppa?

It was clearly explained.

He died of illness, telling his two sons what he wanted them to do after his death. His older brother Sid dramatically reenacted his deathbed wishes in a silly scene, reminding Gordon that his Dad wanted him to finish law school and always take care of Mom. Most importantly, he was never to put her in a nursing home.

This part was especially silly, because it suggested that this happened a good 15-20 years early, when the Mom was young enough that no one would be thinking about that yet. All this was just to set up the comedy of how screwed Gordon was.