After several months of serious health challenges, Glen passed away peacefully at Kootenay Lake Hospital on December 9, 2010, at the age of 90.
Glen was predeceased by his parents, William and Gyda (Tinker) White, his brothers Jack, Wesley and Gordon, his sisters Myrtle, Beth and Hazel and his first wife Villa White. Glen is survived by his son Jack (Josie) of Townsville, Australia, daughter Geraldine of Brantford, Ontario, son Dan of Hamilton, Ontario, nephews Harry (Joyce) of Mission, BC and Bill of Clinton, BC, niece Susan of Powell River, BC, Step-daughter Nancy of Nelson, BC, grandchildren, Ron, Ken, Shane, Ben, Tracey and Lisa, and great grandchildren Kendra, Kelsey, Jaime and Arcadia.
Glen was born on March 28, 1920 at home near Girvan, Saskatchewan. He attended public school in Girvan and then worked on the family farm. In 1943 Glen moved to Trail to work in the smelter and in 1944 moved to Nelson to work at Boeing Aircraft which was then located in the Civic Center. After the war he worked for CP Rail until 1980. Glen was active in the labour movement on the railway, holding office and attending conferences as far away as Florida.
Glen enjoyed playing with the Nelson Kiltie Pipe Band and was their Drum Sergeant for many years. Remembering his time with band always brought a smile to his face and a proud description of their competition results.
Glen’s hobbies also included hunting, shooting, and hand loading, and he was a lifetime member of the Nelson District Rod and Gun Club.
Glen moved to his Blewett farm in 1974 and when he retired from CP Rail followed his dream to be a full time horse breeder and trainer. Success followed success and he became known as an accomplished and respected horseman. It was truly his passion in life and he was a familiar sight riding or driving horse and cart up and down the roads and trails of Blewett. Through the years he also generously helped many young and not so young people get started with riding and driving horses. Glen particularly liked the Arabian horse breed and his pride and joy was his Arabian stallion “Marque”. They could be seen sometimes in a parade, sometimes on a long trail ride and sometimes out to the Dam Inn for a beer or two with friends.
Glen raised or assisted with raising three families during his lifetime, and those children as well as all who benefited from his influence while young hold a very special and honoured place in their hearts for him, whatever might be the title of their relationship.
As Glen matured over the years he became more and more deeply kind to one and all, generously and thoughtfully dispensing his great wealth of knowledge and wisdom to those who sought his advice. He enjoyed his friends, valued them highly, and felt
particularly loved and respected to have so many visit during
the last months of his life.
Glen will be deeply missed and affectionately remembered
Cremation has taken place and there will be a Celebration
of Glen’s Life at the Nelson District Rod and Gun
Club on January 15th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.
Anyone wishing to may send a donation to Nelson District Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 16, Nelson, BC V1L 5P7 or Kootenay Lake Hospital, 3 View Street, Nelson, BC V1L 2V1. Arrangements were under the direction of Thompson Funeral
Service Ltd. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca