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Glenn Sinclair Reade
1930 ~ 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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It is with deep sorrow that we announce Glenn's passing, on the 20th of November, in Wetaskiwin.
Glenn was raised in Medicine Hat by his parents, Marian and Frank Reade. Deciding that he'd be a "city boy going farming", he subsequently moved to Cassils, near Brooks, where he met the love of his life, Olga; the principal of the two-room schoolhouse. Together, Glenn and Olga first fostered five children, then later started their own family of four.
In 1973, Glenn and Olga moved their family to near Breton, where Glenn continued to farm until his retirement in 1991. They later moved to the town of Breton, then to the south Pigeon Lake area, and finally to Wetaskiwin.
Glenn liked to portray himself as a crusty farmer of simple tastes. Those of us who knew him could easily see past the facade, to his underlying humour, intelligence, compassion, and integrity.
His mother, Marian, inspired in him a lifelong love of music. He completed eight years' of Toronto Conservatory at an early age, but as an adult preferred playing Big Band and other popular music from his youth. Glenn subsequently passed his passion for music to his own family and graced them with his repertoire of piano playing and singing throughout the years. He loved dancing, especially with his wife and daughters.
As a boy, Glenn was a King's Scout, enjoyed camping in the Elkwater area, and later introduced his sons to Scouts. He was an avid card player and enjoyed the many summer Bridge tournaments through central Alberta. In retirement he continued to contribute to the community through his membership in the Lion's Club.
Glenn often expressed that despite the hardships of farming, he was very fortunate that his life's work was in the profession that he loved. He practised organic farming before the term was coined, was gentle with his animals, and considered himself as a steward of the land, with a responsibility to future generations greater than his immediate needs.
He was a proponent for good education, firm in his beliefs of the world, while maintaining an open mind that allowed him to change and admit when he was wrong. Glenn had strong opinions on personal responsibility and the importance of fulfilling obligations once taken. He always believed that the most important moral code lies in how each of us treat our fellow person.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Olga; his sister, Joanne; four wonderful children; and five cherished grandchildren.
Glenn's ashes will be laid to rest in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation, or the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation.