GLENN ARNOLD JENKS
1947 - 2016
BORN
1947
DIED
2016
FUNERAL HOME
Direct Cremation of Maine
182 Waldo Avenue
Belfast, ME
JENKS, Glenn Arnold Passed away at Maine Medical Center on 21 January 2016. He was born in Boston on 9 February 1947 to Edwin H. Jenks and Nancy (Arnold) Jenks. Glenn grew up in Wellesley, MA where he graduated from local schools. As a teen he studied at the Wellesley branch of the NE Conservatory and went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in music from Earlham College in Richmond, IN. Glenn taught in private schools for three years before embarking on a career as a solo performer of folk music and ragtime, and in 1975 he joined Jud Strunk as a guitarist and vocalist, touring for 3 years all across North America. He returned to solo performance in 1978 and in 1979 made the first of nine recordings. During the 1980s Glenn was frequently associated with the New Vaudeville revival and enjoyed working with many talented performers as their piano accompanist. For 11 years he produced the annual harvest Ragtime Review in Camden. He was an enthusiastic fixture on the ragtime circuit working at numerous international ragtime festivals, known for his energetic playing, versatility and unflagging good spirits. He retired from the road several years ago and happily focused his attention on his private instruction in piano and music theory. Glenn was an excellent teacher and treasured his students and their successes. His first composition at age 12 was followed by many other works including dozens of sophisticated pieces in the ragtime idiom as well as classical chamber works, songs and other works for solo piano. A photo taken of Glenn when he was about 2 years old gives an indication of the powerful influence of music. He is seated on a piano bench, in diapers, hands poised correctly over the keys ready to perform! He also conducted to the William Tell Overture in front of the family phonograph before his 2nd birthday! Since 1975, Glenn had resided in Camden, Maine where he married Faith P. Getchell in 1981. He had a deep love of learning and teaching and was able to impart knowledge easily. His smile and rich laughter engaged people instantly. His lifelong interest in bird watching bound him to childhood friends who shared his enthusiasm. It poured out to over the community as he'd pull out the scope from the car in front of the post office to share views of a pair of peregrines on the church steeple across the street. Glenn was a fine gardener, favoring his roses! He planted his first rose garden at his childhood home in his early teens. Glenn was a great cook and loved to share food with his treasured family and friends. Each May would find him at the family beach house at York Beach with closest childhood friends, his father and step mother up from Florida, his sister Abbie and her two sons. The old house would rock with laughter and music. He loved the outdoors. He and Faith loved walking together, his binoculars at the ready. He will be sadly missed and happily remembered as a great lover of life. Glenn is predeceased by his mother, Nancy and his aunt Margaret Arnold. He is survived by his wife, Faith Getchell; his father, Ted and his stepmother Donna (Baum); his sister Abbie Jenks and her sons Colin and Benjamin and his wife Chelsea; his aunt Margaret Worthman and her daughters, Betsy Geist and Susan Worthman; nieces Sara Page, Marilyn Gray, Melanie Gray and a nephew Seth Gray; brothers-in-law Ned and Will Getchell; sister-in-law Ann Gray. Memorial donations may be made to Merryspring Horticultural Park in Camden, Maine or Bay Chamber in Rockport, ME. A celebration of Glenn's life is planned for May. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at directcremationofmaine.com.
Published by Boston Globe from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, 2016.
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I first met Glenn walking down the main street in Amherst, MA in the spring of 1970. He was sitting on the stoop of the house where his sister Abbie was living , and where he was staying, playing blues on his guitar. I walked up to him, pulled a harmonica out of my pocket, and joined in. There began a musical and personal friendship that led to us frequently playing together at the UMass coffeehouse, and doing gigs in coffeehouses and bars in western MA and Boston during the rest of that year. After I completed my grad. work at UMass in the tumultous spring of 1971, Glenn and I didn't perform together any more, but did stay in touch, with Glenn informing me each time he released a new record. The last time I saw Glenn was in the mid-80's, when I visited Camden, ME with my children and looked him up there. My lasting memories of my experience of Glenn are of his exuberant positivity, his warm and infectious grin, his generosity of spirit, and the paradox of his wonderful blues guitar - our signature tunes together were "Deep River Blues" and "Train That Carried My Gal from Town" - with his joyous personality.
STEVEN GOLD
Friend
January 29, 2021
I just learned of Glenn's passing through a blog by my friend Brian Pfeiffer here in Vermont. I discovered Glenn one sunny afternoon in the spring of 1971 on a set of steps of the house where his sister Abbie lived in Amherst, MA, where he sat playing the guitar. I walked up, pulled out my harmonica, and there began a duo that performed at UMass, local bars and coffeehouses, going as far as Boston, over the next year or so. I also visited Glenn in Camden and own several of his recordings. He was irrepressibly in a good mood, happy and upbeat nearly all the time, and a joy to play music with. I am so sorry to learn of his passing, as I often have taken pleasure in the fact of his existence, birding and making music, there on the shores of the ocean in Maine.
STEVEN Gold
September 25, 2016
Glen grew up across the street from us, his sister was my best friend growing up. I remember not only his wonderful piano playing but he played the guitar and banjo. There was always music!
Tina Milbrand
May 22, 2016
A dear friend, swirling with joy in our family. Music wafts everywhere in our lives because of his companionship.
Ralph Moore
April 28, 2016
Tonight I discovered your fantastic lessons on You Tube about Ragtime Piano Music. It was then I learned of your death after reading it in comments section. Peace be with you Glenn, a talented and gifted musician.
Connie Sky
April 26, 2016
Everyone in the ragtime community will certainly miss Glenn. He was a happy, energetic and good-willed member of our small community. He carried the music forward with his wonderful, original compositions and bowed to the ragtime masters with his always sensitive interpretations of their works.

One of my fondest memories is at the Sedalia ragtime festival. A thunderstorm was brewing outside during an afternoon concert. It didn't take long for the storm to shut off the electricity. Unfazed and with little or no light, Glenn wisely announced that he would now perform Scott Joplin's "Magnetic Rag." And of course he did with so with the crackling thunder as his only accompaniment.

We were all lucky to share in his joy and enthusiasm for the music.
Paul Johnson
February 7, 2016
RIP Glenn, you brought much joy to all the Sugarloafers lucky enough to hear your vast musical talents. I hope you, Jud, and Uncle Al are making music and sharing stories again...
Marcia White
February 6, 2016
We are deeply touched with sadness and huge gratitude as we lose our friend, companion, mentor, and teacher. Our hearts go out to Faith and the family. Yes, Glenn, the world is more beautiful and joyful because you have given yourself to us. Eternal thanks!

Love--Danji Buck-Moore, Bridget Buck, and Ralph Moore
Ralph Moore
January 30, 2016
I have never had a more patient, kind, or talented teacher. I never amounted to much as a piano teacher, but your musicality and generosity of spirit will always inform me.
Noah Barnes
January 28, 2016
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