William E. Glover, Jr.
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William (Bill) Edward Glover, Jr., 85, beloved father and grandfather, passed away on, February 12, 2012. Born in Morris, IL on November 6, 1927, the son of the late William E. Glover, Sr. of Newport, MN, and the late Helen K. Powell of Corvallis, OR; Bill had previously resided in the Hamilton and Utica, NY area until moving back to Western Massachusetts to be closer to family in 2003. He completed High School at Gould Academy in Bethel, ME after having served honorably in the US Navy on board the USS General Hayes during WWII, Bill attended both Oregon State College and Providence College before enter business and starting his family. Bill had previous roots in the Springfield, MA area; within its varied business and civic community. He had been employed with Hampden Oil of Springfield as V.P. of Operations, and was involved with the local Chamber of Commerce, and assisted in the formation of the local Visiting Nurses Association, A Better Chance (ABC) in Longmeadow, and helped organize the Brightwood Community Development Corporation, and Casa Credit Union (Community Development Credit Union). Bill was a kind and generous man; one willing to share his accumulated wisdom in mentoring young adults who came from disadvantage backgrounds similar to his own. He exemplified compassion and honest concern for those around him, and always had a story to tell, or life lesson to share. He is survived by his son, William E. (Ned) Glover, III of Longmeadow, MA; his daughter, Jeanne M. Johnson of Southbury, CT and two grandsons, Paul and Ben Johnson also of Southbury, CT. Funeral arrangements will be entrusted to Hafey Funeral Service, 494 Belmont Avenue, Springfield, MA. Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill Glovers memory to Mercy Hospice, 1236 Main Street, Suite 202, Holyoke, MA 01040, or Baystate VNA & Hospice, PO Box 9058, Springfield, MA 01102.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Feb. 16, 2012