Al Glover, 68, passed away Wednesday evening, October 24, 2012 after an extended illness. His passing occurred in the comforting presence of his family at their residence near Cocoa.
An active member of numerous civic, educational and charitable organizations, he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 22, 1944. Christened Robert Alonza Glover, but known to his family, colleagues, friends and clients as "Al" Glover, he was the only child of Mary and Alonza Glover, a U.S. Navy
veteran whose family was established in Zebulon, North Carolina.
A college student during the early years of the Vietnam war
, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
, from which he received an honorable discharge at the rank of Senior Airman in 1969. Mr. Glover completed his education at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, where he earned the B.S. in Economics degree in 1971. In the ensuing years, as he became increasingly successful as a stockbroker and investment-management professional, he remained an active and devoted alumnus of his alma mater. Among other roles with Florida Southern College, he was a member of the President's Council and also served as president of the Alumni Board.
During a professional career that spanned nearly four decades, Mr. Glover was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the bestowal of the honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the administration and board of trustees of Brevard Community College in 2008. He was an emeritus member and past chairman of the Brevard Community College Foundation board of directors.
With his wife, Marla, he was an active supporter and contributor to a wide spectrum of local organizations over the years, including the board of directors of the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and its Economic Development Committee, which he served as founding chair and which eventually became the Economic Development Commission of the Space Coast. He was also the founding chair of the Cocoa Beach Chamber's Tourism Development Council.
Among his other organizational involvements, Mr. Glover was a member of the Historic Cocoa Village Association board, and an active member of the Brevard County Kiwanis Clubs, which he served as a Lieutenant Governor in 1978. He was also a proud member of the Kiwanis "Early Risers" in Cocoa.
Mr. Glover was also a member and past chairman of the Brevard County Planning & Zoning Board. Additionally, he was appointed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the Technology Research & Development Authority. Later, he received another gubernatorial appointment to the central Florida Regional Planning Council. Fervently devoted to the improvement of local and regional health care, Mr. Glover served as a member of the board of directors of Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital for 24 years, and from 1995-1997 he served as chairman of the Wuesthoff board.
Within his profession, Mr. Glover was a Licensed Certified Investment Management Analyst, and for 20 years he served as a distinguished member of the Morgan Stanley Chairman's Club. He entered his profession with the Dean Witter investment firm, which eventually became Morgan Stanley. His financial prowess and integrity were highly regarded within the securities profession.
In 1999, Mr. Glover and his eldest son, R. Scott Glover, formed a partnership under the aegis of Morgan Stanley. Now with the Merrill Lynch firm, his son has continued his father's professional expertise and leadership in wealth management.
A political activist, Al Glover was often called "Mr. Republican" as a result of his long-term support for conservative causes within the local, state and national Republican Party. A man of many facets, he was a member of La Conference de la Chiene des Rotisseurs. He enjoyed an array of sports and other interests, including playing golf at the Rockledge County Club, of which he was a member, and in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, where he and his wife also maintained a home. His numerous other sporting activities included fly-fishing and Formula Ford racing for several years.
Mr. Glover was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by Marla, his wife of 43 years, and his children, Tami, Russell (Lisa), Christopher (Kathy) and Scott (Kim) Glover. His grandchildren, by whom he will always be remembered as " Pops" include, Ben, Nora, Adam, Matthew, Gabriel and Mia Glover. He is also survived by Jackie McGill of Philadelphia, his first cousin and closest relative, to whom he referred lovingly as his "sister." His survivors also include Cathy Cady, his devoted sister-in-law, as well as two uncles and an aunt who reside in North Carolina.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in historic Cocoa Village on Thursday, November 1st, at 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers or other forms of condolence, the family requests consideration of a donation in Mr. Glover's memory to St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Academy (4 Church Street; Cocoa, FL 32922), and/or to Florida Southern College in care of the Advancement Office (111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive; Lakeland, FL 33801).
Brownlie-Maxwell is serving the family, 321-723-2345. www.brownliemaxwell.com