John Morse Glidden, Sr., 79, of Oak St. Uxbridge, formerly of Brigham St., Marlboro, died Friday, Sept. 6, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, after a year of dialysis and declining health. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Barbara A. (Driscoll) Glidden and his four children, Laurie and her husband Dr. Robert Gray of Blue Ash, OH; Nancy and her sweetheart Ries Wytenburg of Palo Alto, CA; Jennifer and her husband Steven Picotte of Uxbridge, MA; John Jr. and his wife Jamie of Franklin, OH; adopted daughter Pamela (Orkney) Glennon of Billerica; four grandchildren, John M. Glidden III, Jenna Mae Glidden, Victoria Lynn Picotte and Olivia Rose Picotte; sisters-in-law Arlene Fitzpatrick and Dianne Lawson and their families, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he adored deeply. John was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings. Born in Burlington, VT on Nov. 1, 1933 John was the son of Perley C. and Glenn E. (Morse) Glidden. John served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean Conflict where he earned 3 Bronze Stars. He met the love of his life Barbara, on Lake Boone in Hudson, MA, in 1956, where he was an avid water skier. As husband and wife they raised their family in Marlboro, where they were active in Scouting, Little League, 4H and Pony Club. Both John and Barbara influenced many young lives through their open-door and open-heart way of life; deep friendships remain from those years. John fondly recalled his long career in electronics and management at Raytheon, RCA, and Incoterm, and later he thrived with his own delivery business where he met many new friends. Throughout his entire career and life, John had a unique way of reaching out to people and rapidly connecting with them on a deeply personal level. He was unconditional in his loving presence with and acceptance of everyone. Even in brief encounters, he could touch your heart and soul. The ripple effect of his impact is far-reaching and long-lasting; what a legacy! Barbara and John moved to Upton in 1986, then Uxbridge in 1996 where John delivered Meals on Wheels until the onset of his illness in 2012. He was known as the Candy Man to many of his people for the Hershey bars he and Barbara would slip into each meal before it was delivered. John continued to spread his unique brand of love and comfort to those in need and he helped prepare people emotionally through his own brand of hospice care. Johns unyielding love, respect and devotion to Barbara was of utmost importance to him, and was the greatest gift he could give to his family. He was our strength, our inspiration, and the wind beneath our wings. We will miss him dearly. Calling hours at the Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd., Uxbridge, will be Monday, Sept. 9 from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at noon at St. Marys Church, 77 Mendon St., Uxbridge, a celebratory luncheon will follow the service at the church parish hall. Everyone is invited to attend. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in MetroWest Daily News on Sept. 8, 2013
Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Service
35 Snowling Rd Uxbridge, MA 01569