John William Glowacki
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John William Glowacki

St. Petersburg, FL - John William Glowacki, 88, passed away on December 4, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. From a two-week battle with Covid 19. Even though a failing battle took him away from this world, his loving heart left a beacon of light for all who knew him.

John was a skilled saxophonist and clarinetist and enjoyed creating his own original music and playing with his band in St. Petersburg, Florida. His love of art was exemplified by his beautiful acrylic paintings that he created for over 50 years. John's writings and musings were both thought provoking or could make anyone belly laugh. He also enjoyed time in the kitchen, creating the best key lime pie you have ever had.

John spent his career as an educator at Denby High School. He also was a lawyer at a law firm with his partner Earl, who was also his best fishing buddy. John served in the Army during the Korean War. His most important job though, was always being a good listener and giving wise advice when someone needed it most.

John is now with his late wife the beautiful and ever-loving, Joan Glowacki. He was a proud father to his four sons: his late son John who preceded him in death, Patrick, Robert (Ruth), and Andre (Terry). He adored his five grandchildren: Steve (Danielle), Shelly (Karol), Nikita (Vince), Chelsea and Crystal. He very much doated on and loved to play music with his great grandson and namesake John William. He is survived by many close family and friends.

One of John's latest musings:


A shaft of yellow crocus has pierced the dreary heart of winter

Heralding a flood of daffodils and daises

And butterflies awing

Soon winter's cloak

Will burn in fierce and fiery color

John is now like the crocus in the spring or the butterfly emerging from his cocoon. He has his wings and begins a new journey.

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Published in Detroit Free Press & The Detroit News from Jan. 12 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 19, 2021
John, taught at Denby High School for years with Dave Doty. John ,Joan Dave and I went on a wonderful cruise to Alaska. A wonderful 2 weeks together. We had such a wonderful time. Joan and I had such a great time together. She was a Jewel. We did everything together but John wanted to golf on permafrost. Had a wonderful time...We were on the ocean when the Captain on intercom notified us of 9/11. A horrible day for everyone onboard. We all continued to have a great time. Flights delayed to get home. Such a wonderful time with John and Joan. RIP John...
David Doty & Cheryl Cooper
January 14, 2021
Grandpa was beyond wise and always forgiving. He cared about his family's happiness more than anything else.
Nikita Fields
January 14, 2021
We will miss you, Uncle John. Love to all my cousins.
John Brancaleon
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