Passed peacefully at home in Mississauga, ON at the age of 84, Glyn is survived by his loving wife June (neé Dicks). He is greatly loved and missed by his sons Wayne (Marcus), and Gary, and by grandchildren James and Xavier. Glyn, born in a close-knit Welsh family, is survived by his younger brother Denis and sister Wendy, and was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Martha, eldest sister Barbara, and brother Donald.
Glyn was proud of his family, achieving Canadian citizenship, and his long service and accomplishments as a well-loved and respected materials and plant manager for Schlage Locks (now Ingersoll-Rand Door Hardware) which brought him and his family from their home in Vancouver, British Columbia to Mississauga, Ontario over 40 years ago.
Glyn was born at home, the son of a Welsh / Cymry coal miner in the small village of Wattsville, near Crosskeys in the Sirhowy Valley, becoming himself a teenaged collier in the pits of Nine Mile Point. A handsome man, Glyn immigrated to Canada in the 1950’s with his best friend to start a new and exciting life in Vancouver where he met and fell in love with his soon to be wife and life-long partner June, while they worked in the hardware department at Woodward’s in downtown Vancouver. They were an inseparable team that loved and danced, enjoyed life, music listening, gardening, travel, friends and raising a family - meeting all challenges, and celebrating life’s victories together. His passing leaves a big hole in his family’s hearts, but he is credited with teaching perseverance, self-determination, and an optimistic embrace of life, that will long survive him.
In his retirement, he was a friend of animals, a gardener like his father before him, a kind, dedicated, and gentle man. He walks a fern-lined hill trail with God now. In lieu of flowers or a memorial service, he would have liked us to listen to “It’s a Working Man I Am,” and we dedicate the Welsh lullaby “Suo Gân” in his honour and memory today.
“Ni chaiff dim amharu'th gyntun, Ni wna undyn â thi gam, Huna'n dawel / Nothing shall disturb your slumber, nobody will do you harm; sleep in peace.”
Working Man as sung by Paul Child: https://youtu.be/soD4oxUvK_0
Suo Gân: https://youtu.be/whKw72731L8