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PostSubject: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:14 pm

Many of you have seen the posts here and and on the impalassforum from gwturbo. That is Glen West from St Augustine, Florida. Glen died suddenly Thursday. His sons had a gathering of those who knew Glen at his house today. I asked if I could let the forum family know and they said yes.

Glen was like a brother as well as a dear friend. A couple of old guys, we enjoyed sharing the history of our 66 years, with birthdays in July and August, only a bit over 3 weeks apart. Was looking forward to #67 with him this year. He would call up to check on me, and I on him. We'd planned a junk yard run today. Instead I went with fellow wagon buddy Kevin Wilson, (Keltz) to a gathering at Glen's house with his family.

Many of you know Glen's ready wit and easy smile. He will be missed. When he'd drop by the house, one cat particularly liked him and would get on top of his wagon so they could talk face to face.

Glen is the only true Floridian I've known and one fine human being.

Here's the corrected spelling local obit (you'll have to follow the link to view the vintage photo): http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion/obituary.aspx?n=glenn-west&pid=164336199&fhid=12938#fbLoggedOut

Glenn Hall West, 66, passed away suddenly in Jacksonville April 18th, 2013. He was born on August 4, 1946 to Wade and Lita West. Glenn is survived by three sons Cary, Jason, Copeland, and his sister, Ruth. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 brothers, Hugh, Roy, Paul, and Kenneth. Glenn served his country for a number of years in the United States Air force. He loved his family and always put them before anything else. Glenn was a funny man who loved a good joke and always had one to fire back at you. He loved fast cars, the smell of nitrous-oxide, and anything involving racing. He also loved to work on his own cars and was always eager to help any friend or family member with theirs. Glenn loved Florida State football! He loved the game of golf and even though he wasn't very good, he always came back to fight another day on the course. He was a terrible singer and that was made known to anyone who had to painfully listen. Glenn never had a good hair day. But, he was quite the chef and was praised for his famous peach cobbler and oyster dressing. He loved southern comfort food and his belly was usually the indicator. But more than anything, Glenn loved his 3 boys. He always showed love and support in any possible way that he could. All of his pride was in them. In lieu of a formal service, we are asking family and friends to join us on Sunday, April 21, to celebrate Glenn s love of life at his home. 5000 Datil Pepper Rd. St. Augustine, FL. Craig Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.

Please Sign the Guestbook @Jacksonville.com (beside the obit in the link above)

Published in the Florida Times-Union on April 20, 2013

I have a photo of Glen from a road trip we made back in June of 2011 when we went to visit Dal Slabaugh in Ohio but could not insert it. Hair and mustache are shorter & white. Still the great smile though. (Well, both the vintage photo and mine would be here if this had a true cut 'n paste feature. Maybe later.)


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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:19 pm

WHAT?!

Oh my goodness. Man... 2013 really sucks. Glen was an awesome guy and a great friend.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:53 pm

Keep the wings level and true buddy.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:35 pm

Sandy and I will miss Glen, he was a good man. May God bless him.

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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:49 pm

Glad I got to meet him at one of the NY Wagonfests. Please give my condolences to his family and friends.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:59 pm

Agreed, this sucks!

He was a generous man as he offered both his garage (lift) AND his AAA plus to get my disabled car to his house so we could replace the fuel pump. I opted to drag the carcass home.....

You will be missed.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:02 pm

This is sad news. Glen was a great guy, a kind and gentle person. I am glad that I new him pretty well, but I am sorry that he is gone. He was always smiling and happy. This is a big loss to not only his family and friends, but to our community.

Prayers and thoughts to Glen and his family.

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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:19 pm

Agreed Tom.

@ Robert - I actually forgot about your issues this year. Man. This does suck.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:41 pm

WOW - Glen joined our club last year as a Long Distance Member. Sad to hear he left us. I am sure he's up there Cruisin in Heaven.

R.I.P Glen you will be missed
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:50 pm

Damn, that's horrible news. I never really new him, but I enjoyed my few conversations with him at Wagonfest.

You'll be missed, Glen. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his many friends.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:54 pm

Bummer.... Sad I meet Glen at WFNY in 2010 when came up with his friend Ben. So sad.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:59 pm

Glenn was a great guy. One of the most laid back guys and a gentleman through and through. Although I only met him a handful of times, I felt like I always knew him.

When my family and I headed to Florida a few years ago, he met us off of 95 at a diner for a bite to eat. He insisted on buying dinner for the lot. We then proceeded to mess with my air filter before getting down the road.

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The last time a saw him was in Front Royal at the WF Mike put on. I bought my Z28 cluster from Glen at that event.



I spoke to him just a couple of weeks ago, as he was starting to collect T56 parts.

He will be missed greatly!
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:01 pm

I just saw a cross post on FB. very surprised and saddened by this news. Glenn was a great guy and the past two years of WF Florida did a lot of things behind the scenes to help pull it all together with logistics, etc. I will definitely miss talking with him whether it was cars or good natured ribbing about college football. Both of us fans of rival teams we new some 'football history' to pull out and throw into a conversation at the appropriate times for a laugh.

Richard, please pass my condolences on to his family...
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:10 pm

Sad news,..
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:23 pm

Wow, quite shocking to hear. I had the pleasure of meeting him at more than one WF event, quite a nice guy. My condolences to his family.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:50 pm

Thanks for posting the photos and the kind words. I'll pass this along to his sons.

Glen was a great guy and a true friend. It was always a joy to talk cars, politics, life with him. I personally feel a great loss. He did go the way we had talked about not so long ago. We shared the piece Roger Ebert wrote about his impending death. It is rare to find someone with whom you can talk about such things.

I do not fear death: http://www.salon.com/2011/09/15/roger_ebert/

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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:56 pm

Don't remember if I met him or not. I did see his wagon at the hotel in Daytona. Sad to hear somebody in the community passed....
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:09 pm

So sorry to hear this news,I only met Glenn once for coffee and came away feeling he was now a close friend.He was so proud of his boys and they were the topic of our conversation often.I am so sorry to hear of his passing and will always feel fortunate to have met him.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:30 pm

Very sad news...he was a very kind and generous man. He gave my Dad a set of 9C1 hoses outta the blue in Charlotte last fall (last time I saw him). He always had a little something tucked away in that WB4 of his...

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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:58 am

So sad to hear this. I was fortunate enough to have met him in both Ny and Va wagonfest's. He was a good guy. That pix (standing by pass. door) was taken in Front Royal if I'm not mistaken.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:16 am

So sorry to hear to hear this. Glad I got to see him at the Florida WF his year. He was a good guy and will be missed for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:26 am

Sad to hear of his passing. Like so many others, I met Glen at the NY Wagonfest. I'm sure he will be sadly missed by family and friends. He's in better hands now than Allstate and Mr Goodwrench could ever offer.

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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:53 pm

Longroof has changed it's banner page in memory of Glenn. The image will stay up for a month from today.

Thanks to Diane for the picture and placing the text.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:11 pm

I, too, met Glenn at WF. It's always sad to hear of the passing of someone. I hope his family and friends are doing ok during these difficult times.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:33 pm

i am shocked i talked to glen at the wf both at ny and va. i always remember the photo of him sleeping by the water at one of the ny wf. he will be missed
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:48 pm

That picture is a classic, we used to chuckle about that. I will dig it up.



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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:48 am

I did not know him well, so I can not say much. He was surely an asset to the wagon community, and I would surmise the society in general.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:32 am

Sad news. I met him at my first NY WF. Don't think I ran into him in FL unfortunately.Wicked nice guy. The wagon community lost a great person.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:59 am

Just checking back in to see how folks are doing with the news on Glen. The response is quite heart lifting. I spoke with the family yesterday. They have visited both forums and expressed thanks. I believe they can be proud of the high regard held for Glen.

I still expect him to call or email. We had so much more to talk about.

The photo header is a fine honor. Well done!

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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:49 am

I am newer to this forum and never had the honor of meeting him. He seems to have great respect from this community. It is always difficult when someone passes. But please, remember all the great times you all had with him. It's amazing how great cars can introduce us to great people. Glenn sounded like one for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:19 am

That's too bad. I never had a chance to meet him, but I always liked his posts.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:59 pm

sad to hear. I use to bombard gwturbo with wagon questions when i first bought quickssilver. Always was helpful and informative Ride In Paradise glen.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:59 am


Glen seemed like a great guy,I knew him only by his posts, it is always sad to
loose anyone,especially a "car guy",RIP. ed
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:09 am

this sucks. losing a cars guy stinks ...but when its a good guy as well.. that sucks worse. RIP Glen
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:21 pm

My respects to his family, never met him but looked and sounds like someone greatly missed by all here.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:29 am

“The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.” - Tavis Smiley

Glenn seems to have left a beautiful legacy... I've never meet him but with what everyone has said about him and his obit, I wish I had. Here's to an eternity of cruise nights, Glenn. God Speed.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:18 am

I'm sad that I never got to meet him in person.
He left a lot of smiles along his way, and that's a good thing. king
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Wed May 01, 2013 9:37 am

I'm so sad to hear that. I met up with Glen at several of our wagon shows, and we'd always talk shop for a while. Glen always made it a point to seek out the 'ol regulars and have a nice chat; I always looked forward to it. He was very enthusiastic about wagons, for sure! He will be missed, and remembered fondly. That banner is a nice way of honoring his memory.
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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Wed May 01, 2013 10:07 am

I am sorry I did not get a chance to meet Glen. My sympathy to his family and friends. I am sorry I have not met any of you. I am the same age as Glen and not ready to take that road yet. Are you?
I am planning a long, long trip begining May 2014 in our OCC and Airstream. I hope to meet up with some of you at a Wagonfest in 2014.
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PostSubject: In Memorium, April 18, 2014   Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:39 am

I'd like to take a moment this morning to remember my friend Glen West, gwturbo on this and the impalassforum. Glen's been gone a year today and I know I miss him and probably some other folks do as well. Take a moment to appreciate his memory. I believe as long as someone can remember us we live again for that fleeting moment.

Glen was a great guy. If you have a story, add to the thread. His obit link is set to disappear on the 20th. They got the photo up of Glen on our June 2011 trip to see Dal. (It's the one on this thread of him standing by my '95 wagon.)

Kinda appropriate for Easter Sunday I reckon.

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PostSubject: Re: Glen West died Thursday, April 18th...   Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:25 am

I certainly didn't know Glen near as well as Richard, I knew him for 4 or 5 years; we crossed paths quiet a few times.  He was such a pleasant guy to be around, he made me feel like I knew him almost as long as Richard.  We all missed him at our FL meet.

One of my favorite memories of Glen was at the WF in NY.  He and his buddy Ben drove there from FL.  I think he did it in 2 days, which was grueling.  I caught a good picture of them sleeping in chairs.  I didn't tell him about and then posted it on the forums.  He got a pretty good chuckle out of it.

Guys, scroll up and read all the notes from the guys from a year ago.

Tom

PS, Richard got your #, one of these days, I'll give you a call.

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