Glenn Smith, age 75, passed away at home with his daughters by his side on March 16 after a spirited battle with cancer. Son of his late parents, George and Val, Glenn is survived by his three daughters, Kellan (Ryan), Casey, and Agnes, his brother Gary (Susan), his nephew Corey, nieces Amanda (Justin) and Stacy (Phillip) and their children. Also considered to be family, Glenn is survived by a great number of lifelong friends and admirers. Glenn prioritized his time with others, believing that relationships are to be actively nurtured, evidenced by the many decades-long friendships he treasured and tended throughout his life. Born in Chicago, Glenn was brought up in the Bohemian California area at Cermak and Christiana before the family relocated to Skokie, where he thrived at Niles East High School, creating memories, playing baseball, and curating stories that will continue to be told for years to come (grad. 1965). Inheriting an insatiable passion for baseball, Glenn’s love and talent for the game took him from Trojan left-fielder to a baseball scholarship at University of Arizona. While attending University, Glenn’s love for music, cars, and baseball deepened. After beginning a lifelong career with the Postal Service, Glenn soon took root at the edge of Estes Park, Colorado, where he pursued a fierce passion for exploring the most beautiful places on Earth in his notorious Volkswagen bus. That desire brought him frequently to Mexico where he drove through the Yucatan and any town or city that would have him. Through hard work and dedication with the United States Postal Service, Glenn rose the ranks from letter carrier, to Postmaster, and ultimately to Director of Operations for the Great Lakes region. In his over 40 years with the Postal Service, he earned numerous awards and accolades, ultimately retiring in 2005. Nothing was more important to Glenn than sharing his passions with his daughters, spending time with his family, and making mischief with his brother and friends. Glenn will forever be remembered by those who loved him for his thoughtfulness, wit, and enduring sense of humor.
Glenn wished for a memorial celebration to be held in the Summer; details will be announced at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, Glenn would love for you to call up an old friend for a chat.
Funeral info: 847.673.6111.