Glen Alden White sailed to heaven on October 23, 2023. He celebrated his 77th birthday on September 25th.
Glen was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Canada in the mid 70’s. He taught secondary school with the Langley School District until he retired in 2006.
Glen went to Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio where he got his Bachelor’s degree in theatre arts. In the mid 70’s he moved to Canada with his first wife Ellen, to work with teenage boys at Chrisholm in Langley. Glen thoroughly enjoyed those days of horseback riding, farming, hiking and teaching life skills to marginalized young men. Later he went to Simon Fraser University to get his Canadian teacher’s degree. Glen taught Drama, Math, English, Special Ed and Computer Science at Mountain Secondary and Walnut Grove Secondary. Glen also learned to fly an airplane and once he received his pilot license he surrendered it. All he wanted was to feel the wings under his control! He loved sailing, skiing, hiking, cycling, freedom and the outdoors.
Glen married Juhli on October 7, 1995 at Crescent Beach in Surrey, BC. His heart adopted her grown daughters, Michelle and Marti, who got married earlier that year to Randy and Jeff. He loved that the grandchildren Ryan, Jake and Rachel called him Bubba. Many good memories were created camping with the boys in their Roadtrek van. In 2007, Glen and Juhli took a van trip across Canada, down to LaGrange to visit Kerry and family and back home through the northern United States.
Glen leaves behind his sisters, Kerry, Kathy and Kris and their children who live in Ohio and Michigan. He had a wonderful life growing up. After he married Juhli, he became a Canadian citizen and enjoyed dual citizenship. He was proud of his American heritage and possessed a strong love for family and country.
Glen and Juhli lived in their home in South Surrey for 23 years, then in 2018, moved to Vancouver Island. Glen passed in their Sidney home surrounded by love.
Glen created many videos of the grandchildren growing up, as well as videos for family and friends. He was a kind, gentle, stoic man who loved deeply. To Juhli, Glen was a perfect husband, grandfather, traveller, hiker, cyclist, video maker, money manager, family man, teacher, learner, best friend, the list goes on and on. She misses his smile, his wit, his hugs, but feels his love inside and all around her.
Glen loved his life and fought bravely against the cancer that took his body. He was surrounded by love when he sailed to heaven. Cancer may have taken his body but love got his soul. His last wish was to be an angel doing God’s work.
Juhli is sure she saw Glen waving to her on top of Mt Baker.