OBITUARY

Alfred Arthur Glessman

August 29, 1934November 28, 2018
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Glessman, Alfred Arthur "Fritz" August 29 1934- November 28 2018 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Fritz Glessman, after a long battle with illness, on Wednesday November 28 2018 at the age of 84. Predeceased by brothers Gus, John, Ewalt and sister Otillie. He leaves behind his loving and doting wife of 57 years, Teresa(nee Vannier), brother Rudy (Marie) Glessman of Barrhead, daughter Cheryl (Greg) Hughes, of Calgary, son David (Tina) Glessman, of Peachland, and grandaughter Alysha, along with many other extended family members. Fritz was born August 29 1934, and raised just outside of Mellowdale Alberta. In his twenties, he made the move to Clearwater BC and worked alongside his brother Ewalt, before moving to Vancouver and meeting the love of his life, Teresa. Eventually moving to Kelowna in 1972. Over the years Fritz worked for many different trucking outfits, and even had his own company for some time in Kelowna. He had a way with words and was always looking to get some laughs, even if it was at his own expense. How can you put into words a truly indescribable man. Anyone who knew him got the chance to experience how truly genuine he was. The family would like to thank the staff at Kelowna General Hospital for all the kindness and care they provided to Fritz in the last few years. In lieu of flowers, we ask instead you make a donation to find a cure for Shy-Drager Syndrome, also known as Multiple System Atrophy (M.S.A). The funeral will be held Friday December 7 2018, 1:00pm, at Valleyview Funeral Home located at 165 Valleyview Road, Kelowna. Tea and coffee to follow at the Elks Lodge at approximately 4:00pm, located at 1923 Kent Road. As I sit here writing this on behalf of my "gramps" I cannot believe how blessed I am to have had such a wonderful person in my life and the loss is truly heartbreaking. Though I am extremely distraught, I know he is no longer suffering, and he is finally at peace. I love you Grandpa, honk 'em. Fond Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.valleyviewfuneralhome.com for the Glessman family.

  • FAMILY

  • Teresa Glessman, Wife

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, December 7, 2018
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Alfred Arthur Glessman

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Tina Glessman

December 9, 2018

Alysha's 16th Birthday Dinner . Picture taken in front of Moxies restaurant.

Cheryl Hughes

December 7, 2018

As I was trying to come up with "a memory" of Dad, nothing was coming to mind. It was really bothering me then I started thinking that I don't have "just one" memory, I have a lifetime of memories. Dad was the best!! He was gentle yet firm when he needed to be. He was honest and told you as it was. He was always there to help me whether it be physical labor with one of my moves, or to encourage me with words, or to just give a big Dad's hug.
There is never enough time to say everything you want to say before someone departs from your life but you have to somehow believe that you had. You will always be in my heart, mind, and soul because I am a part of you. I honor you Dad and I love you.
Until we will see each other again. Hugs & Kisses.

Stephanie Koenigshofer

December 7, 2018

Uncle Fritz was such a joy to be around. He was great at making people laugh. I am so glad he was a part of my life.

Brenda McKeown

December 7, 2018

I remember when you guys were living at the coast, Bev and me would come to visit in the summer and we would go to the PNE. Your Dad would talk me into going on the roller coaster. I was scared to death and swore every time that I not go on it next year. But he would always talk me into it the next year.But he would always keep me safe, He would put one of his long legs over mine so I wouldn't fall out. Thanks for keeping your flower girl safe. Love you and miss you.

Bev Isherwood

December 6, 2018

Uncle Fritz loved family and never hesitated to step up when needed, no questions asked. One of those times was when we lost our dad at a young age. Uncle was heartbroken at losing his brother Ewalt, but was the rock that Mom and us girls leaned on. We got through those tough days with tears and laughter at the stories Uncle told. He and I had a friendly rivalry when it came to hockey, he always an Oiler fan me a Canucks fan. Uncle, the Canucks may be in 7th place in the division but your Oilers aren't far behind in 6th. On my last visit you asked, have the Canucks fired the coach yet? I answered no, you said check your phone, which I did and we laughed. I didn't know this would be our last laugh and our last game.

We ended our visit the way we always did our last words would be I love you.

Bob and I will cherish our visits with you and Auntie, the laughs, stories and occasional glass of wine. You will be missed everyday, I love you more than I can put into words. Give Dad a hug for me.

Barb Davy

December 4, 2018

Teresa and Family - We were saddened to hear of Fritz's passing. The time he spent with Colton and Landon was a blessing and they truly enjoyed spending time with Fritz and you. We will all miss him dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our condolences, Barb & Jack Davy

Friends

December 3, 2018

• Dec 01, 2018
We remember them when we moved next door to them and Dad told mom that they moved next to them our families new each other from Langley. We will miss our Uncle Fritz always full of stories and jokes.
Shirley Kozak(Schellenberg ) and Geraldine Cayer( Schellenberg)

Friends

December 3, 2018

• Dec 02, 2018
Dear Teresa, David and Cheryl - We are so saddened to hear of Fritz's passing...although we do know that he is finally 'at peace'. Fritz will long be remembered for his humour - his 'missing' finger joke - his love and laughter. May happy memories sustain you all in the months ahead. We are there with you in Spirit, and surround you with our love. Janie, Deanna, Debbie, Michael & Families xoxoxo
• Dec 02, 2018
Teresa we are so sorry to hear about Fritz.
Mike and Bernice Boutin
• Dec 02, 2018
So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Alex Walz
• Dec 01, 2018
Teresa, Cheryl, and David.
So sorry to hear of Fritz's passing. Sitting here thinking back on all the grand times we had following our son's hockey career. I always thought of Fritz as a buddy as we lived and died with each goal scored either for or against. I'm sure he will find an arena and make sure they do things right. He will be missed.
Gord Strachan
• Dec 01, 2018
Teresa, Cheryl and David,
We are so sorry to hear that news. Fritz was a real star and he will be missed by all.
Thinking of you all
Jeanette & Shannon Gregory and Daughter Michelle who works for Valley Labs
• Dec 01, 2018
Thinking of you. Judy and Arnie Kotopski
• Dec 01, 2018
Our sincere condolences to the Glessman family during this difficult time, we are sorry for your loss. I was considered fortunate to have met Mr. Glessman several years ago during our hockey days in Rutland. May you Rest In Peace!
Dino and Karen Zol
• Dec 01, 2018
Your family is in my hearts and prayers
XOXOXO
Barbara and family
• Dec 01, 2018
Teresa,
I am so sorry to hear about Fritz. Sending you and Alysha (and all your family) a big heartfelt hug xx
Terri-Lynn and Chris
• Dec 01, 2018
Dave sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Lloyd and Wendy Auch

Friends

December 3, 2018

• Dec 03, 2018
David and Family, my deepest condolences on the loss of your Father. We lost my Mom in July and know how VERY sad and traumatic that it can be. Breathe deeply, be kind to yourselves, cry freely, and ask for help when needed. Contact your local Hospice organization for information on services available to you.
Yvonne (St.Jean)
• Dec 03, 2018
Thersa we are sorry for your loss. We will all miss his sense of humor. It was also so great to see you and Fritz at the Elks club a few weeks ago.
Dennis & Donna Cocar
• Dec 03, 2018
Sending my condolences to the family.
Working with the men wasnt always easy but I was lucky to have great mentors to show me the way. Keep on Truckin Buddy.
lots of love from Boom Boom
• Dec 03, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Domenic and Lina Rampone
• Dec 03, 2018
My deepest condolences to the Glessman family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Fritz.
Darren McClelland
• Dec 03, 2018
Teresa and David, so very sorry for your loss. I am in Japan until January so will unfortunately miss the service. Great memories from our Rutland hockey days!
Irene Hubbard
• Dec 02, 2018
Fritz was a wonderful friend who became such a huge part of our family over the years. He was always there for us anytime day or night. I will miss his pep talks and his wicked sense of humor.
Janis Basran
• Dec 02, 2018
Dear Teresa, our deepest condolences to you and to your family. We are here for you, our door is always open.
Julie and Jim
• Dec 02, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about Fritz. My childhood memories are filled with your family. I hope the love and support of those around you will help give you peace at this difficult time.
Twyla Spannier (Krock)

FROM THE FAMILY