With you in spirit

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

On our Haida 26, Sannu II somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, 1997

It is with deep sadness that we let you know that our dear, sweet Glenn passed away peacefully last night at 10:14 p.m.

As in life, Glenn chose the way he wanted to die which was to do it on his own terms, and without assistance. He left this world much like he lived it, surrounded by his adoring family, who wished him fair winds and a smooth journey.

We will be making plans for a tribute and celebration of Glenn’s life in the weeks and months ahead and will share that with you when the time is right.

Thank you for always supporting Glenn and particularly his big dream. It meant everything to him to know you were along for the ride. 

And, thank you for supporting me and the girls always, and especially through these past few excruciating weeks. We are deeply grateful.

We will each remember Glenn in our own way and for his unique gifts. We will remember him as a man who lived his life with passion, rail under, one hand on the tiller, scotch in the other, his infectious laugh letting us know he was living life to the very fullest.

MaryLou, Claire and Nicola


  1. Dear Marylou and family
    We were visiting Victoria and stayed on a friend’s boat in August. During our stay we enjoyed several nostalgic conversations with Glenn as he shared his excitement of his upcoming trip. Glenn’s passion for family, life and friends was infectious as far back as our first meeting at a fun house party in 1978.
    Condolences Marylou and family. Know that Glenn will be forever more remembered fondly. With the warmest of regards, Ken Brown

  2. Lois Hatcher says

    Mary Lou, Claire and Nicola,
    I am so sorry that Glenn has passed. He was always so friendly and helpful when ever I saw him. I’ll always remember him driving down the lane in that old van with his cat in his lap. The fences he made, the stories he told…always something going on. Fair winds Glenn!

  3. Alexandra Mihailovic says

    Dear marylou, Nicola and Claire,
    I wanted to send a note to say that I heard from my colleagues that Glenn passed quickly and peacefully. Thank you for your strength and composure in such a difficult time and allowing Glenn to choose a path of peace and dignity for him. Your love for each other is so evident and his family such a testament to the man he obviously was . I wish the three of you peace Through large waves ahead as you reconcile life without him. I’m deeply sorry, Alex

  4. Marylou,

    So sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing. I was looking forward to sharing another sailing adventure and was eagerly awaiting each day’s posting. Please accept our deepest condolences to you and the girls.

  5. Archie and Stuart says

    Dear Marylou, Claire and Nicole,
    Please accept our sincere condolences and love for your loss of Glenn. He was an exceptional man with a loving and devoted family that supported His fearless endeavours right to the end.
    May all of your joyous memories of Glenn sustain you all thru this turbulent time.
    Love and hugs,
    Archie and Stuart.

  6. Linda Hartford and Richard Blenkinsop says

    Richard and I are just devastated to read about Glenn’s passing. Glenn is and was our favourite sailor; spirited and passionate, fierce and free. He made us feel like we too could hoist the sails and just leave and find that same freedom. His stories and humour are reflected regularly between us and many times in many situations on our boat we’ve asked each other ” what would Glenn do” ? On more than one occasion Glenn inspired us to just do it.

    We feel so blessed to have spent some time with Glenn at RVYC before he left this trip and to have been his mooring field neighbour for many years. We thought the world of him. We are so glad he gave his circumnavigation another go, despite the tragic ending, because not many people in life follow their dreams and Glenn sure did! He is an inspiration for us and for many. We will miss him a great deal.

    We have some lovely photos of you all from his departure and we’ll get those to you right away and help support with his costs. Please let us know if there is anything else we can we do to help support you. We are so deeply sorry. Glenn was an amazing human being who really lived his life. He spoke of you all often and always with great love and happiness.

  7. Daryl Noullette says

    Mary Lou, Claire, Nicola
    You’ve likely heard some of the stories of my friendship with Glenn in our teens and 20’s. We were rascals but enjoyed every minute of it. I’ll never forget those days nor the unique, larger than life, all around great guy Glenn was.
    My deepest condolences,
    Daryl Noullette

  8. Sheila and Doug Dryden says

    I was so sure this story was going to have a different ending. I pictured Glenn with grandchildren on his knee one day, telling them of his adventure and laughing with them. Oh, that laugh…unmistakable and always a delight. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your girls for what must be an unimaginable loss. He was a lucky man to have had such love and support.

  9. Roslyn van der wal says

    So sad to hear about Glenn. I have been reading Solo and saying prayers ever since. So sad to hear. So hard for all of you. Now my prayers are for you and your family. Sad you lost a good man, friend, father to the girls and husband. Sad we all lost him and sad for the world as he had more to offer. Hope you are coping the best you can and know we are all out here supporting you. Lots of love. Roslyn. Take care

  10. Sending you my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.

  11. So very sad…..thoughts to you and the girls MaryLou. Very few of us even take a step or two towards realizing our dreams, but Glenn went a good long ways down that path.

  12. Ted and Jenny says

    Dear Marylou, Clair and Nicola,

    Ted and I are very saddened to read this post. We were pleased to hear he was in Victoria and he was surrounded by the family he loved. Our sincere condolences to you all.

    “Once more on the dock he stands, On his own swift gliding craft, Set sail to the land only he can see, through the sparkling foam, like a bird set free.”

    Glenn is sailing free.

    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Ted and Jenny Wright.

  13. Peter Hancock says

    Dear Marylou,
    I am so sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing. Glenn was an active member of our Socrates men’s group and I always looked forward to his presence at our discussions. One of my abiding memories of Glenn will be our fishing trip this summer at Port Renfrew. I will miss you Glenn. Peter Hancock

  14. Corey Dreger says

    I had the pleasure of knowing Glenn for many years through various work projects both through CairnView Mechanical and Allied Glass. Glenn was always wonderful to work with, genuine and friendly and full of life. He always loved talking about his sailing trips from past and most recently the trip he started but didn’t have a chance to complete. He will truly be missed. My sincerest condolences to Mary Lou and family.

  15. Heather Barr says

    I am so saddened to read this MaryLou. Wishing you and your daughters comfort in these difficult days.

  16. Barry Goss says

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will always remember Glenn’s sage advice with respect to our Katie Ford. Barry Goss & Donna Silverson

  17. KEN COWARD says

    We are so sorry Mary Lou. At least we know your memories will last forever. We will keep you close in our hearts. Ken & Julie

  18. Peter Campbell says

    He will be missed. A fortunate man to have such support from his beautiful family. Sad news. With love, Peter and Tessa

  19. hugh jervis says

    Dear Mary Lou,Clair and Nicola, Saw the three of you in West Wind’s dingy going past the dock last night. Did not expect this sad news today.
    His accomplishments inspirational. He leaves a big hole to be sure. My thoughts are with you.

  20. Barry Dashwood says

    Condolences to you and your family.
    I Have, I believe, a tiny link to Glenn. My Dad was a friend of his father, in England and he and our family came to Canada, back in 1948. We sailed on the “Aquitania” and I have a picture somewhere, of his father, on the ship. I also met Glenn at my uncles funeral, my dad’s brother, a few years ago in Victoria. My Uncle was Vic Dashwood and my Dad was Dick Dashwood.

    Barry Dashwood

  21. Deb Braithwaite says

    Aww MaryLou – there are no words, just heartfelt hope for peace and healing.

  22. Arden Rose says

    Sending my deepest condolences to you and your girls MaryLou.

  23. David & Carol Smith says

    Very sad news. My deepest condolences to his family.

  24. MaryLou, Claire and Nicola – I’m so very, very sad to hear that you’ve lost Glenn but it was good that you had him back home in Victoria to be with you during his last days. As you say, he was doing what he really enjoyed doing, while still keeping in close contact with the family he loved so much as he sailed south. He’s sailing in different seas now… but still sailing…. and still smiling to show his love for you all… Big hugs, Jeanne

  25. Julie Woods says

    So sorry to hear that Glenn has passed away. Although I didn’t know him personally I was inspired by his sense of adventure and determination to follow his dream. Wishing you and your girls comfort in the wonderful memories you must share of Glenn. Take care of each other xxx

  26. Julie Murray says

    So shocked and saddened to hear of Glenns passing.
    I first met my Canadian cousin Glenn when I was aged eleven. A handsome man full of energy and fabulous fun! He certainly brought a breath of fresh air to all his English families lives in the weeks he lived over here!!
    Sending warmest thoughts to all of his family. He will be deeply missed.

  27. Ron Koyich says

    Sad to learn of Glenn’s death, MaryLou – we will raise a glass to him and his adventurous spirit tonight.

    Ron Koyich – Noosa Queensland

  28. Jody Banister says

    I cannot believe I’m writing these words to you, MaryLou… My most heartfelt condolences on your profound loss… I can’t imagine how you and your daughters have felt over the last harrowing few weeks. It is heartbreaking.
    Please know you are in my thoughts… sending you strength and love during this unimaginable time.
    I will never forget Glenn’s smile and infectious laugh. I will miss him.
    Much love,
    Jody Banister

  29. Not the way any of us wanted this scenario to end.

    Huge HUGS Marylou and GIRLS.


  30. Dear MaryLou,
    My deepest condolences to you and your girls Glenn so loved and lived life in a big way and he will be missed.
    Take care, Jim

  31. Such heartbreaking news. Glenn was my sailor-hero. He was living the dream that I have thought of, and I’m sure so many have. He was adventurous and took chances most of us neither have the courage or ability for. He was always so kind and full of life’s spirit. A true sailor’s sparkle in his eyes. It must be such a devastatingly sad time for all of you. Our hearts go out to you and sending you a huge hug.

    “The sea is calm tonight.
    The tide is full.
    The moon lies fair upon the straight.”
    Mathew Arnold, “Dover Beach”

  32. Dear Mary Lou,
    Thanks for the sad but beautiful note telling us of Glenn’s passing. It all seems so unreal.. Please accept my deepest condolences. Also, please let me know if I can be of any help to you. May God bless you and the girls in he days ahead..
    Ellie Dufresne

  33. Cathy and Sandy Beaman says

    Dear MaryLou, Nicola and Claire
    Sandy and I are just so deeply saddened to hear of Glenn’s passing. You are in our thoughts. xx

  34. Susan & Shaun Lees says

    Oh MaryLou, please know that so many people in Victoria and it seems around the world have been on this emotional and excruciating journey with you, Claire, Nicola and your beloved Glenn…I feel and have felt the love and care and concern…your great loss is palpable to all of us. If only love could take your pain away…it can’t but I hope it soothes your hearts in some way….sending love in your time of deep sorrow, Susan & Shaun

  35. Rob and Wendy DeGros says

    Just so sorry Marylou, Nicola and Claire – and the rest of Glenn’s family. Grieving the wonderful
    person that Glenn was. recalling good times and sending you all our love and compassion.

    Rob and Wendy Degros

  36. Dama Hanks says

    Dearest MaryLou, Claire and Nicola,
    This news is so devastating and I send you all my love, and condolences, and wish I could be there for you. Glenn had always been a friend, and mentor, and supporter to me at the club after Roland passed. He had that loving and generous spirit and left his mark on everyone. Of course, you both have been wonderful friends and I hope when Covid is over I can be at your side when you need me. There are no words really to express my sadness and empathy for you and the girls at this moment. I will be holding you in my heart. Hold each other tight.
    Love, Dama and Amy

  37. Melanie Carpenter Wolski says

    This is a voice from the far distant past. You may not remember me, but I sure remember Glenn and you, I went to school with him, and remember you both when you first met….I married very young and was probably first smitten with Glenn at 16….as were many other girls!

    Anyway, my heart goes out to you….but please remember you had the most wonderful man as a husband, as a father to your girls…, as a soul mate. You were the most perfect pair…and those treasured days will hold you secure.

    Love from me in Mexico….my sailing days are done…but I have found bliss here.

  38. Eileen and Peter Keller says

    We are so sorry to hear this.

    I just met Glenn and Nicola at some offshore sailing courses recently and he was so generous about welcoming me into the community and making me feel like I belonged. I won’t ever forget his stories, and sewing up pig trotters alongside him and Nicola.

    You are so right about many in the sailing community following his adventures, and he was my first personal contact with someone who dreamed so big, followed his dreams, and wasn’t afraid to take on challenges.

    I’ll miss his smile and energy at the club and send you all hugs, especially for Nicola who I hope we will see on the water one of these days.

    Pete and I my thoughts are with you in these very difficult times.
    Thank you for keeping us posted on this site, we are thinking about you a lot.

  39. Catherine O’Neill says

    Sad to hear the news of Glenns passing but heartened by your reminder that he lived his dreams. Sincere condolences to you and the family.
    Catherine O’Neill & Daragh Nagle

  40. Connie Ahern says

    MaryLou, Claire & Nicola
    It’s difficult to find suitable words that could help comfort you at this time. A start is knowing your loss and grief is shared by so many people that had the chance to meet & know Glenn through his life.
    I feel lucky to have special memories with him, like being a part of a champagne toast when Dale & I put Esperanza back in the ocean; Apr 13/18 he took the helm and guided her back to Brentwood Bay through rain speckled glasses. And the time he and Dale took Nesika around at night from RVYC to the Inner Harbour, in his words “it was magical” that moonlit cruise on an old wooden boat, that smelled of diesel, then he thanked us for the experience
    MaryLou, Nicola & Claire you are in my prayers, I am so sorry for your loss.
    Glenn I will miss your adventures, your laughter & caring nature and your enthusiasm for the ocean.
    With Love Connie

  41. Our thoughts are with you and your family. He lived a wonderful life and as you say died doing what he loved the most.

    Sorry for your loss

  42. Mindy Carpenter says

    Dear Marty Lou, Claire & Nicola,
    I am so very very sorry & sad to read this news. My deepest condolences to you & your family. I followed his adventure with admiration & happy heart that big dreams can be chased
    He inspired many, myself included.
    I’m thinking of you.
    Mindy Carpenter

  43. Mark Heine says

    Marylou, our thoughts are with you and your family at this tragic time. Rest in peace Glenn, it was an honour to count you as my friend.

  44. Ron Lindsay says

    Condolences from Brenda and I. So sad to hear the news. I was out on the water the day he left, It was a beautiful sunny day. I have two great pictures of him and his boat, looking for a breath of wind to get him out of Caddy Bay.

    Ron & Brenda

  45. Sonia Polson says

    Sending my love and condolences to you, MaryLou, and to Claire and Nicola. It was so good that you got Glenn home to Victoria to be surrounded by your love until he passed over to yonder seas. Sometimes there are no adequate words….and this is one of those times for me. I just want to sit and reflect on Glenn’s incredible positive energy, his smile, his laugh, his caring ways, his enormous love for his family. Glenn was a very special friend and my heart breaks for the 3 of you first of all, and also for all of us who were lucky to be one of Glenn’s friends. He will be missed! Prayers and blessings. I know that Glenn will watch over you forever and always with his beautiful smile. Fondly, Sonia xo

  46. Shaun Peck says

    Dear MaryLou, Claire and Nicola,
    Sincere sympathies to you at this time. I have so many memories of Glen back to the days of his first adventures with you in a Haida 26′ to New Zealand. His adventurous spirit, his craftsmanship, his determination, his sense of humour been an inspiration. Shaun

  47. Corie Price says

    MaryLou, I’m so sorry to read this sad news. My heartfelt thoughts are with you and your girls.

  48. I am saddened by this..and cried I was wishing a turn around of Glenn health and looked forward to much more posts from his adventure.. I will keep you all in my prayers and will connect when I am on the Island when restrictions are more at ease.. peac love and light embrace everyone during this time

  49. Tracey & Bill says

    MaryLou, Claire and Nicole, we are so very sorry, such sad news. Sending our heartfelt condolences and holding you close to our hearts.
    May you find strength in the love and warm embrace of family and friends.
    Thank you for sharing his journey MaryLou.
    With much love and affection,
    Bill & Tracey

  50. Neil Ruthven says

    Thank you for the update . What a wonderful way to remember a man who lived his dream and loved his family so much to the very end. Thank you for sharing with us through all these hard times. We will continue to send good thoughts your way. Fair winds.

  51. Steve Merriman says

    There are no words to say how sorry we are . Love Ann & Steve xo

  52. Paul Watson says

    I’m so sorry Marylou. Glenn took me sailing in the San Juan Islands many years ago and then we did ocean kayaking in subsequent years. He had such verve and seemed to be completely fearless when confronting challenges. We shared the same day and year of birth so we had that annual connection even though we weren’t actually keeping in touch. I’ll remember him every August 6th!

    Such a loss for you and your family Marylou.

  53. Absolutely gutted to hear this. My most sincere condolences to the Wakefield family. Sending love and positivity. Rest in Power.

  54. Lynn & Peter says

    So deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. Our hearts and minds are with you, now and always.

    Much love to you all,

    Lynn & Perer

  55. Mike Lemche says

    Tonight Glenn, I will be lifting a Scotch in your honor and memory, me ole cobber.

  56. The Dolmans says

    Dear MaryLou, Claire and Nicola,

    Please know we are thinking of you all at this sad time and that we will always hold Glenn in our hearts.
    Sending Love from all the friends whom Glenn made Downunder.
    Sally, Geoff, Kate and Chris ❤️

  57. Steve Erickson says

    So very sorry to hear this news. I really enjoyed following your family’s ocean adventures. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Steve Erickson.

  58. Nancy Pearson says

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Marylou, but also grateful that Glenn made it back to his home shores to be with you and the girls during his last days.

  59. Oh Marylou, I am so sorry!

    Whew. This post just started a rush of tears as it is so sad to lose this vibrant, healthy, active, passionate man so completely unexpectedly.

    I shared Glenn’s story last week with Mom and Dad and they were reminiscing about when you and Glenn took these two old flat landers out on the boat in Victoria and we glided by seals and gulls on rocks and they thought that it was just magical. They loved the company of your family and this extraordinary experience that you created for them.

    I loved your post today. So well written and simple and profound in capturing Glenn’s essence.

    Take care. I’ll get it out to visit you before too long.


  60. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. We met you in 1997 when we were all island-hopping across the South Pacific. I remember when Glenn left Tonga for NZ, and sailed your Haida 26 through some challenging conditions. (You and the girl resolved to fly while Glenn sailed the longer passages solo.) When we met soon after arriving in NZ Glenn commented “it was like being inside a washing machine”. Still, he was always optimistic and his passion was contagious. We very much enjoyed his more recent sailing adventures and will miss following his journey.

  61. Alison Hayton says

    Our thoughts are with you all.

  62. Santa Brussow says

    There will forever be a big gap left by Glenn’s energy and passion when we get together as friends.
    My heart goes out to Marylou, Claire and Nicola.Your lives have been changed forever. May you get to the point where you can tap into the great memories and all that life and energy he has left behind.

    My tears are for all of us who have lost a husband, father and very loyal friend.
    Please keep an eye on us wherever you are Glenn. Just like you did in life.

  63. Terry Costain says

    We are so sad to hear this tragic news Mary Lou. Our thoughts are with you and your family now. Take time to heal and remember the good memories. Glenn died doing what he truly loved. Terry & Kevin

  64. Kari McLay says

    Sending my deepest and most sincere condolences – Glenn was a significant person in my life and my brother Robin. He was a unique and special man and we will never forget him. May he be at peace. Muffy & Bill

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