December 28, 1936 – October 4, 2019
Glenn Parker, aged 82 of Comox, died Friday October 4 in the Comox Hospice. Glenn passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife, Sharon. He had survived 9 years of treatment since his diagnosis of multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.
Glenn was born in Pentiction, BC. Predeceased by his parents, Gladstone Parker and Olive Vizer, he is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sharon Parker and his step children Regan (Janine) and Tara (Jason) Steele, and his granddaughter, Keira. He is also survived by his first wife, Royce Rourke and their son, Neil Parker (Angele), and his grandsons, Tate and Atlas. Glenn is also survived by his brother Barry (Gloria), sister Pat (Arie) and many nephews.
Until a few months prior to his passing, Glenn was physically active through his golf and daily walks. He actually had 2 holes- in -one in his lifetime. He enjoyed many rounds of golf with his buddies at the Comox Golf Club where he had been a member for many years. A former high school English teacher, Glenn published 10 books with a central theme of family life and resolving conflicts. He had several short stories published in Women’s World which made him our family celebrity. He loved chess, travel, RV camping and family get togethers. Residing at Ocean Pointe Strata, he loved his home and embraced the active strata community.
Glenn lived in and travelled to many countries in the world. In his youth, he worked and wandered in Australia and New Zealand. He taught in schools in New Zealand, Burns Lake and Prince George. With Sharon he travelled throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He spent 8 years in South Carolina, accompanying Sharon on her assignment as Guest Teacher. There he perfected his cooking, cleaning and golf skills.
Glenn’s great hope and commitment was to our local Myeloma Support Group. He looked forward to monthly meetings and always felt welcomed and inspired by the various members.
Glenn has been supported on his journey by many people in the Comox Valley including the Comox Valley Hospice, Dr. Brad Harris, Dr. Pedro Camacho, the chemotherapy unit at the Comox Valley Hospital and the North Island Myeloma Support Group.
Friends and relatives remember Glenn as a quiet and kind man. He made time to read, do his crossword puzzles, listen to anyone’s good story and do his household chores. In lieu of flowers, Glenn had two favourite charities. Myeloma Canada, 1255 Trans Canada Route, Dorval, Quebec, H9P 2V4 and Comox Valley Hospice, #102, 1509 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC V9N 2K6.
The families of Sharon and Glenn Parker invite you to join them for the Final Goodbye for Glenn. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday October 25 at 11:30 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1599 Tunner Drive in Courtenay. A Commemorative Luncheon will follow. Friends and relatives will have the opportunity to share their memories of Glenn and his contributions to their lives.
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