Edward Glancy Obituary (2022) – Fort Lauderdale, FL

EDWARD GLANCY joined his family in paradise on January 4, 2022. Born on March 26, 1927 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, he lived a full and long life. He was the son of Edward Martin and Elizabeth Rose (Farrell) Glancy and the brother of Mary, Joan, Anne, Joe and Jim. His father called him Bud. Raised in the steel town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania during the Great Depression, Ed loved playing football and basketball and hanging out with his pals Squeaky, Pappy and Hoot. While in elementary school, Ed was given the name “Eddie Glancy the Fancy Dancer” by the great Gene Kelly who taught him and instilled in him a passion for ballroom dancing.

After the 1944 football season of his senior year, he and his friends traveled to Pittsburgh and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After basic training, he was chosen to join Lion Nine (an elite group of Navy frogmen trained to dismantle Ordinance on the beach in preparation for the invasion of Japan). Fortunately, the war ended before the invasion began. On August 14, 1945, he celebrated VJ Day in Times Square. As one of the first occupation troops in Japan, it served alongside the 4th Marine Division to clear the Japanese campaign of ordnance and work in a carpentry shop during the early stages of Japan’s reconstruction before be honorably discharged in September 1946.

Thanks to the GI Bill, Ed earned an economics degree from St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania in 1950. He spent the next seven years traveling the Midwest as a salesman for a Venetian blind company, Burger Beer Company and the 3M company before an inner voice told him to move to Florida.

On New Year’s Eve 1956, he boarded a Greyhound bus with a one-way ticket to Jacksonville, Florida. Once the bus reached Jacksonville, he decided to stay on board and take it to the end of the line in Miami, Florida. He spent his early thirties enjoying himself as a bachelor living in Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. He often referred to fun memories of The Ft. Lauderdale Catholic Club and the friends he met that will last a lifetime. He remembers his days fishing in Hillsboro Inlet on The Candy Kid where his most prized catch was sailfish. During these early years he spoke of his travels to Cuba in the glorious era of great music and dance before the Castro regime.

In 1961, his brother Jim Glancy introduced him to Mary Lane Butler, a close friend of Jim’s wife, Kathy, when she was visiting from Washington DC. On their first date at the Polynesian restaurant Mai Kai in Fort. Lauderdale, he suggested they get married. A few months later, their wedding took place at St. Mary’s of the Cataract in Niagara Falls, NY. Back to Ft. Lauderdale, Ed and Mary Lane built a house and began welcoming children into their young family to include Kara Elizabeth, Genevieve Catherine, Edward Michael Jr. and Joseph Patrick.

Ed was a devoted father who gave his children everything. He was patient, kind, understanding, generous, fun and loved his children more than anything. And they loved and appreciated him with all the fullness of the love they received.

Ed embarked on a career as an Allstate agent in 1971 and ran his award-winning agency until it was sold in 1997. In 1983 Ed became a certified ballroom dancing instructor with Arthur Murray Studios. In 1992 he started sailing around the world on the finest cruise ships as a Gentlemen Host. Every night he danced the night away with ladies on the ship who wanted to dance. For ten years he sailed the seven seas, visiting most ports in the world and forming many friendships along the way.

Deciding to live a life of sobriety in 1982, Ed became passionate about helping others live fuller, richer, and more sober lives for the next four decades. The spiritual principles of AA became the cornerstones of his life. And yes, we can change our lives! Thanks to our father’s sobriety, he became more open-minded, repaired his relationships, and became more determined to help others. He made remarkable friends and a supportive community that he found in AA. The principles he shared the most were acceptance and attitude. He recited the St. Francis prayer in AA meetings and was known as “Four Question Eddie”. He has helped thousands of people on their journey to sobriety.

We hope the stories of his life and legacy will be passed on to others. As future generations read this, also know this about Edward Glancy: he could recite hundreds of poems. Her favorite was Lasca by Frank Desprez. He learned it as a child from his uncles on the Farrell side and it was one of many he taught his children at an early age. He adored his mother. On St. Patrick’s Day in 1936, just before his 9th birthday, he witnessed the flooding of Johnstown from the hill where he lived. When his children were babies and they woke up in the middle of the night, he would take them for moonlit swims in the pool to calm them down. He taught his children to swim before they could walk. He was constantly reading books. His favorite subject was philosophy. He never stopped studying and thinking about it. He loved birds and flowers of all kinds. He loved the sea. He surrounded himself with beauty. Art and music spoke to his soul and it didn’t have to be expensive or famous.

He often said, “Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.” When we were old enough to live alone, he advised us to always choose a place where we would like to come home and feel safe. Indeed, as a young man, he briefly lived in New York. It was one of the loneliest times of her life in depressing accommodation. After six months and having given everything, he left. Dad constantly shared wisdom that would help us in life.

People called him a renaissance man and a romantic. His nieces and nephews called him the most interesting man in the world. He was devout in his Catholic faith. His eyes were the color of a gray blue sea before a storm. He had a full head of hair even up to 94 years old. He believed that GPS stood for God’s Positioning System. He was good at telling jokes. At 89, he jumped out of a plane. He saw a UFO off Hollywood Beach in the early 1980s. He never joked about that experience. He really lived every day as an adventure, he took risks, he continued to be curious, to explore, to learn and to try new things. When he was 90, choosing to live in a nursing home and through a pandemic, he said his life was outside those walls and that’s where he spent it. Eddie Glancy loved life and lived it fully!

Ed is survived by his four children Kara (Tom) Pfister, Genny (Scott) Leggett, Mike (Laura) Glancy and Joe (Brooke) Glancy, thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his friend and ex-wife Mary Lane and dozens of nieces and nephews. A funeral mass at Saint-Sébastien Church will be held on March 25, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. The celebration of life is March 26. For more details, contact [email protected]

Published by Sun-Sentinel on January 16, 2022.

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