Glen Guy Peace
1951 - 2021
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Glen Peace passed away (at home) following a more than 4 year journey with cancer. Glen was born and raised in Hamilton. a city he loved. Glen leaves behind his wife Laura, in their 50th year of marriage, his two daughters, Jennifer (Marc Smith) and Kristen, as well as his two granddaughters Maddie and Ellie, who he adored. Glen will be missed by his sisters Donna Williams (Rocky) and Marie Nourse (Barrie), as well as his brother-in-law John Schumacher (Cindy) and his nieces, nephews and cousins. Glen had many close friends and neighbours who were a great support throughout his illness. Of course his daily companion for the last 7 years, Georgia May, will miss their walks and long conversations about life. Glen often suggested his life had been blessed since he began to date Laura at 17. He started working at 12 and entered the full time work force at 17 at Henderson Hospital. At 18, Glen commenced an apprenticeship at STELCO (Wilcox) where he remained until joining the Hamilton Fire Department in 1971. Glen rose through the ranks and after 25 years left Hamilton to become the Fire Chief of Burlington, where he remained until 1999. Glen was recruited to return to Hamilton as Chief to lead the Fire and EMS Services through the amalgamation process of 7 local governments to the new City of Hamilton. This amalgamation created not only one of the largest composite Fire Services in Canada, but one of Canada's highest rated. Glen's tenure in Emergency Services was followed by positions in senior management culminating in him becoming Hamilton's City Manager (CAO) for the last 5 years of his municipal service. On leaving the city, Glen taught at the college level, lectured across Canada and provided consultant services. On October 14th, 2009, Glen was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice where he remained a Justice of the Peace until his death. Glen praised the knowledge, commitment and dedication of those in the Justice System as they served the citizens of Ontario. He felt privileged to have made so many friends, colleagues and acquaintances. We will remember Glen's pure joy from our family trips to Disney World, his favourite place on earth, and his nightly talks with his best friend, Laura, on their swing bench in Aruba, We have so many wonderful memories that we will hold dear. Cremation and private family service has taken place. In lieu of flowers, please donate to McMaster Children's Hospital, Juravinski Cancer Clinic or St. Joseph's Hospital. Please leave memories of Glen at www.affordableburialandcremation.ca

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Jan. 11, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
Dear Laura; Very saddened to hear this news and learn of Glen's passing. He was a great mentor and leader, and had some of the best sayings/quotes I've encountered. My condolences to you and your family.
Andres Gulabsingh
Coworker
January 18, 2021
Dear Laura, Jennifer and Kristen,
So sad to learn of Glen's passing. I have very fond memories of time spent at your welcoming home, on Folkestone Ave, shooting the breeze, playing games and cards. Glen was always so genuine, caring, engaging and fun to be with. He knew how to listen and he knew how to laugh.
He accomplished so much during his lifetime and was obviously very dedicated to community service. My deepest condolences to all of you as you mourn his loss. Your are in my thoughts.
Paula Giglia
January 14, 2021
I had the privilege of first knowing Glen as a friend and class mate in our junior years at Highview Public. Along with guys like Billy Field, Hubert Watkins, Kenny Cowan, Randy Baker and many more it was a great crew to grow up with. I would see Glen from time to time and always admired his gentle way and genuine concern for our well being. Glen will be missed by all he touch.
George Watson
Friend
January 13, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.Glen was a amazing person and we will all miss him
Darlyne Mills
Friend
January 13, 2021
Such a lovely gentle soul.
A privilege to have known him in the court room setting. He will be missed by all us that had the pleasure of appearing before him.
Steve Bernstein
Coworker
January 13, 2021
Whenever I think of Glen I think of the first time I met him was on the roof of the Wentworth Arms Hotel fire. It was Christmas day 1976, we had had an amazing Christmas meal at the station when the alarm came in. I was on the 2nd arriving pump, there was fire everywhere. A couple of hours into the fire after drag a couple of lifeless bodies out of the building I ended on the roof with the crew I was with. We were tasked to breech a concrete block wall to make entrance to a stairwell. When we got there Glen was already there with a battering ram. slamming it against the blocks to break through. Not sure why it stuck in my mind but it was just an indication of how determined he was to get to where he needed to go. We spent a lot of time together in the next 25 or 30 years we were together on the job, but that image always stuck in my mind. https://www.thespec.com/.../dec-25-1976-arsonist-kills...
Eian Gill, Captain retired Hamilton Fire Service
Coworker
January 13, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Glen. I have wonderful memories of Glen and Laura as my neighbours on folkstone. He was such a kind and gentle man. The world has lost a gem!
Jennifer Shorer
Friend
January 13, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Glen. I have wonderful memories of Glen and Laura as my neighbours on folkstone. He was such a kind and gentle man. The world has lost a gem!
Jennifer Shorer
Friend
January 13, 2021
It was an honour and a privilege to get to know you Glen, Laura, and family in your finals days. And I send kisses to your beautiful Frenchie.
Kristen Schoon
Acquaintance
January 12, 2021
Dear Laura and Family,
Tina and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family. Glen and I grew up together on East 36th. Street . He was a good friend. I will always remember the great times that we had together. In later years it was always a pleasure to visit both of you at Limeridge Mall .
Bill, Tina and Kathleen Field
William Field
Friend
January 12, 2021
Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to Laura and family. We enjoyed chatting with Glen on our neighbourhood walks. Glen was always warm and generous with conversation, providing support during a time of worry and in our shared delight with our dogs! Glen will be missed by many friends but more profoundly by his family. May his love and memory provide comfort.
Anna & James
Neighbor
January 12, 2021
One of my favourite senior managers from my tenure at the City of Hamilton Heartfelt condolences to his entire family, and to anyone that had the distinct pleasure of knowing him, working for him, or working with him. Godspeed Glen ❤
Al Little
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Laura & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Celeste Cordoba
January 12, 2021
Laura and family, I am so sorry for your loss,
Please accept my deepest condolences!!
Celeste Cordoba
Acquaintance
January 12, 2021
Laura and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dianne DeMartino
Dianne Demartino
Friend
January 12, 2021
Glen was such a lovely man. It was always a joy to hear him speak of his beloved family. He will certainly be missed.
Connie Lee
January 12, 2021
Dave Weir and I both went to Southmount and though we didn’t personally know Laura and Glen, we knew them to see them. Our deepest condolences to all.
Janet Weir (Waterhouse)
Janet Weir
Acquaintance
January 12, 2021
“70” years of memories. Loving him always , missing him forever!!
Donna. Williams
Family
January 12, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to you Laura, Jennifer, Kristen and the rest of the family. Glen was a great leader who was kind and fair, brought out the best in people, and he had the ability to see the potential in people, before they even knew it! Glen was also a man of great integrity and humility and I am honoured to have had the privilege to know him as a person and work with him as the City Manager. Oh that smile... it will be missed!
Connie Wheeler
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Dear Laura and family,

I am sorry to hear of your loss, please accept my condolences. Glen was an amazing man, leader, co-worker, friend , husband and father. I honoured to have had the opportunity to work under his leadership in fire during the amalgamation in Hamilton.
Philip Thorburn
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences.
Glen was proud of what he accomplished throughout his professional career but that pride paled in comparison to his pride and love for his family.
Glen was very well respected not just by Hamilton Fire Department staff but by the City’s Senior Management Team and City Council as well.
It was an honour and a privilege to have worked with Glen.
Joe & Susie O’Hoski
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Dear Laura and family. Sincere Condolences on the passing of Glen. In our many conversations over the years Glen always conveyed his great love for his family. He was a dedicated servant to the community that he served. Glen worked with my Father at the Hamilton Fire Department, my Dad had a great respect for him. I had the pleasure of working with Glen in Burlington when he was Chief and for more than 10 years as a Justice of the Peace, I was proud to call him friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Barry and Louise Quinn
Barry Quinn
Friend
January 12, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Glen. We went to Peace Memorial School together, played football in high school, and attended award events at City Hall. Since then every time I would see Mayor Fred he would let me know how the Peace family was doing. After we all worked at the hospital 50 years ago it seems strange that many of us have returned for regular visits without seeing each other. It is good to know that one of the kids in the old neighborhood did so well. I will miss hearing about Glen and the family.
Norris Podetz
Friend
January 12, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Peace family. I was his colleague only for a couple of years, but he was always supportive and caring. Glen shared many stories that revealed his positive outlook on life, and made it clear how much he cherished his family. I will miss his smiling face.
Linda Crawford
Coworker
January 12, 2021
A good friend, a good person. My condolences to the Peace family.

Bill Melnyk H.F.D. Ret’d
Bill Melnyk
Friend
January 11, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Clint and Yolanda Smith
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Glen was a wonderful gentle man and a terrific leader. Glen was so wise and had a great sense of humour. His work ethic and sense of honouring responsibilities was unparalleled. My prayers and heart go out to Laura and family. I enjoyed the visit he and Laura made to my home, and will always remember how much Glen liked my home baked cookies. It was a pleasure to have known hi. May he RIP.
Marg Verbeek
Coworker
January 11, 2021
As a fellow dog walker I would run into Glen and Georgia May often when I was walking my dog Dixie. I always found his positive attitude on life and his cancer journey inspiring. In particular he would talk of the difference Laura had made in his life. I found it so beautiful the way that he would speak of her. Proof that a remarkable man has a remarkable woman close by. Here's to a life well lived. Our condolences to Laura and the entire Peace family.
Matt & Patti Hayes
Matt Hayes
Neighbor
January 11, 2021
Shocked and saddened to hear of Glens Passing. My deepest condolences to His Family. As a Platoon Chief with Burlington Fire I was impressed with his Leadership style, How he held Us all accountable and how he personally treated Me! His Most memorable quote to Me was "You are going to take a lot of getting used to" Not a Friday night went by when I was on day shift and he was on the way Home that He did not always stick his head in My Office door and wish Me to have a good weekend. I will miss him!
JIM CUMMINGS
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Happy to make your acquaintance
Joel Luke
Friend
January 11, 2021
“ Love Never Dies”. Loving him always, Missing him forever!
Donna Williams
Family
January 11, 2021
Laura and family: May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Liz and I will miss the many talks we had about life, Hamilton, your family and the stage and Kristen's career travels.
He leaves a wonderful legacy.
Dennis & Liz Concordia
Friend
January 11, 2021
Dear Laura and Family,We are saddened to hear Glen's passing. It was our pleasure to serve hem with his tailoring needs .He will be missed greatly.Our sincere condolences to his Family
Umberto and Vera Di Nardo
Friend
January 11, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Laura and the Peace family Our professional relationship grew to a true friendship. I will miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person. Since we cannot be there for a funeral due to Covid, I will say in prayer "Goodbye my dear friend, until we meet again, may you Rest in Peace”. Jim & Juliana Child
Jim Child
January 11, 2021
I had a great deal of respect for Chief Peace after working with him at the Burlington Fire Department. A great loss for us all. My deepest condolences to the Chief’s family.
Bruce Laing
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Laura , we are so sorry for your loss. Glen was a great guy and his success never changed him. Ron and LJ Falla
Ron Falla
Classmate
January 11, 2021
His Worship Peace was one of the nicest men I have ever met. He took the time to really listen to you and was so genuine and kind hearted. He shared his love of his family and was so proud of them.
He will be missed and it was a honor to have known and worked with him.
SC. Joanne Springer #2134
Coworker
January 11, 2021
I had the utmost respect for Glen, “a firefighters Chief” Sorry for your loss.
Dave Kadwell former Burlington FF
Town of Grimsby Ward 2 Councillor
Dave Kadwell
Coworker
January 11, 2021
My Uncle was a man of integrity, empathy and love. He will be missed more than words can say. I'm grateful that he left us with his dignity and I'm certain he is happy, healthy running with his dogs, I love you Uncle Glen
KIMBERLEY MORRIS
January 11, 2021
Dear Laura, Jennifer,Kristen and family, I am deeply sadden by your loss. Glen was a tremendous mentor, colleague and friend to many regardless of the position he fulfilled. His leadership and commitment to whatever role he was fulfilling often resulted in long hours away from those he loved but there wasn’t a day that went by without him boasting how much he loved all of you. He has made our world and lives better and for that we are truly grateful. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our deepest condolences. Jim Kay & family
Jim Kay
Friend
January 11, 2021
It was a great honour and my utmost pleasure to have worked with this wonderful man. I will miss him dearly...
Beril Gursu-Kutz
Coworker
January 11, 2021
I had the pleasure to know and work with Glen while he was in Hamilton and Burlington.
He will certainly be missed by all.
Joe Rinaldo
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Glen was an honorable man full of integrity, honesty and compassion. A dedicated public servant, true gentleman and the best City Manager I have had the pleasure of working for. He will be greatly missed by many. My sincere condolences to his family.
Mark Amorosi
Coworker
January 11, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Glen's passing. I did not know him, except for many years ago when we both grew up living across from each other on East 36th street. I was a few years younger, but I recall a cheerful, kind guy who was strong enough to lift the storm drain covers so we kids could recover our ball (notwithstanding the time the lid dropped on his foot), his dark green Pontiac with the way cool silver foot for a gas pedal, and the time we got into a snowball fight and he smacked me in the face with the biggest, hardest snowball I had ever seen or felt, thereafter called the "Glen Peace Cannonball" by all us kids.

Rest in peace.
Richard Low
Neighbor
January 11, 2021
A remarkable man who made this world a better place.
Caroline (Krukowski) Sykula
January 11, 2021
Dear Laura and Family.

I am sadden to hear of the passing of my friend Glen. I had the pleasure of working with Glen as part of the community services management team at the City of Hamilton between 2001 and 2004.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Blessings

Domenic and Gwen Lunardo
Domenic Lunardo
Friend
January 11, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family. Glen was a wonderful man. RIP
Phyl and Eto Corcione
Phyl Corcione
Friend
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