We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Glen Adams on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 66 years young.
Glen LOVED life and was full of gratitude. He woke up every day happy, whistling and singing a tune.
Glen was very intelligent and truly was a man of many talents and accomplishments – the most astonishing one was that he literally knew the first line of every song that was ever written. He was a natural crooner and loved almost all genres of music.
He had an amazing amount of information tucked into his brain – so much so that before there was Google, he was our source of knowledge. We could always call on Glen to explain things for us.
Glen loved the outdoors and athletics. Over the course of his life he played hockey, soccer, ran marathons, completed two Ironman competitions, skied Grouse, Cypress, Whistler/Blackcomb, Sun Peaks and of course many runs at Apex. He cycled, hiked and walked too may trails to count. He snorkelled, kayaked, sailed and scuba-dived. And, much to the chagrin of his father-in-law, he even went sky diving one year. He also loved to fish – he treasured several trips with his buddy, Terry, off the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Glen was also the quintessential foodie. He could cook anything and the result was always mouth-watering and plated just so – his secret was that he put love into his cooking and you could taste it in every morsel. He never followed a recipe and he never did it the same twice.
Glen loved working his garden plot at the community garden on Vancouver Hill, and fully absorbed the tips his fellow community gardeners shared with him – helping Glen become a master gardener in the space of a couple of years – growing the most amazing tomatoes and salad makings.
Glen also loved wine – and not just drinking wine – he loved the history of wine, the story of wine, the making of wine, the pairing of wine – he loved wine on an intellectual level.
Glen had multiple careers over the course of his life from working in factories and sawmills, to waiter/barkeeper, to hotel manager, to insulation salesman, to industrial radiographer, and then a big career transition in his late 20’s into a successful marketing career in the food service industry ending with The Lamb Company until his retirement in 2018. And, as it was with Glen with everything – his poured his whole heart and soul into going above and beyond to make sure the job got done right.
Glen was a very loving, warm, and oh so loyal partner to Nancy for over 40 years. Glen and Nancy had a beautiful life together – they loved each other deeply. They enjoyed many good times and travelled to some of the world’s most beautiful places together. They were and always will be Glancy to those who knew them well.
Left to mourn Glen’s passing are his wife, Nancy; brothers, Dean (Val), David and Wayne; niece, De-Anne (Keith) and nephew, Chris (Jasmine); step-mother, Sheryl (Greg) and mother-in-law, Joan; brother-in-law, Robert (Merrilee); sisters-in-law, Karin (Dave) and Greta; extended family in Newcastle, England, Texas, USA, and Norway; his adopted Okanagan family: Terry & Cindy (Michael & Leslie), Gary & Sam (Garrett & Derek), and Steve & Tracey (Dayne & Chris); his work daughter, Robin, and work mom, Alison; mentee, Simon; special friends forever, Tom (Lynn, Nicole & Lindsay), Lou Lou and Truck Girl Venn (you know who you are) and countless other family, friends & colleagues.
Glen is predeceased by his mother, Edna Anne and his father Barry; paternal grandma, Kayma and grandpa, Lionel; maternal grandma, Edna and father-in-law, Peder. And, last, but not least, his beloved pet, Pumpkin.
Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation, in Glen’s honour, to the Scleroderma Association of BC - https://sclerodermabc.ca.
Until we meet again – your heart is in my heart.
Love you forever Baby.