GLENN, James Ernest
James Ernest Glenn
20 July 1929 – 23 Oct. 2017
“JimmieG” died due to an inoperable cancer on October 23, 2017, after having lived to the good age of 88 years. He was “made in England”, born in Hamilton, Ontario, and died at home on Salt Spring Island, with his sweetie at his side.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Agnes Glenn, and all four siblings – Robert, Harold, Douglas and Winnifred.
Jim leaves four children – Gary Allan (Patti), Bonnie, Kathy and Greg – grandchildren Craig and Gary, Robbie, Sean, Alisha, and Joshua – great-grandchildren Jake and Ella. His wife Dawn was at his side throughout his struggle with lung cancer, and is eternally grateful for that privilege – he also leaves step-children Kirsten and Kris (Tina) and their daughter Violet. Grieving his loss also are many relatives – nieces Cindy and Gayla, nephews Chris, Danny and Mike, Tom, Barry, Derek, and many others including newly found cousins introduced by Victoria in Montreal.
This was a man who did everything – labourer in a pottery, milkman, breadman, barman, soldier, sailor, cook, deckhand, musician with a saxophone, guitar, mandolin and banjo, drummer with a pipe band… plumber, builder, electrician, tailor … bowler, softball coach … biker … friend.
Jim was an active member of a fellowship of men and women dedicated to improving their lives and helping others. He always offered a hand to help his neighbour, and considered it a blessing when his offer was accepted.
Jim was a strong man – not always serene, and not always wise, but always honest and courageous – and striving to be a better person.
Jim was a good man – a wonderful mythical beast, full of kindness and generosity, struggling with the trappings of being a human. He deserves the best of whatever worlds lie beyond. His soul soars with the eagles.
A gathering to celebrate the life of JimmieG will be held at Central Hall on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday November 8, 2017, from 1 – 4 pm.