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Jim Glazier, 85, passed away quietly at his home in West Gardiner, Maine, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2013.
Born Sept. 28, 1927 in Leverett, Jim served his country from 1945 through 1946 as a member of the U.S. Navy. He attended The University of Massachusetts - Stockbridge, earning an associate degree in pomology in 1948. Jim began his working career as a research assistant with UMass before founding Roaring Brook Nurseries in Leverett in 1956.
He also worked for the Central Chemical Company as general manager of sales beginning in 1967 before resigning in 1981 to concentrate on his own business. In 1976 he relocated his family and business operations to Wales, Maine. He retired in 1991 to travel and enjoy time between homes in Maine and in Florida.
In addition to love of family and friends, Jim loved the Red Sox, Patriots, NASCAR and anything to do with cars. He loved the beaches of Florida and Maine, especially Goose Rocks Beach, Maine.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Loren and Nancy (Culver) Glazier and brothers Richard and Henry.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years: Dorothy Owen; son James "JR" Glazier and wife Kristen, of Wales, ME.; daughters: Deborah Randall and her husband Joel, Strafford, NH., Linda Nall and husband Jim, Columbia, SC., step-daughters Linda Archambault (Tom) Bangor, ME., Patricia Rohan (Larry) Whidbey Island, WA., Jodi Bauer (Keith), Crested Butte, CO., his grandsons: Leonard Zimnowski and his wife Ashley, Huntsville, AL., Jared Glazier, Wales, ME.; granddaughter: Lindsay Glazier, Wales, ME.; and great granddaughters: Olivia and Ila Zimnowski.
Funeral services will be held on Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Leverett Congregational Church, with the Rev. James Smith officiating. Jim will be laid to rest in East Leverett Cemetery, Leverett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leverett Cemetery Assoc., 21 Long Hill Road, Leverett, 01054. Arrangements under the direction of the Wrisley Funeral Home, South Deerfield. There are no calling hours.
Expressions of sympathy are available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com.
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Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street South Deerfield, MA 01373
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Sept. 2, 2013