Glen William Fawkes

15 julio , 195910 octubre , 2020


(William Hazlitt) Dear Friends and Family of Glen,

Considering the unfortunate circumstances around which we send this update, we hope it finds you well.

As you may be aware, our family has been in the process of deciding how best to move forward with a celebration of life for Glen in the midst of this new pandemic world. After great deliberation, we have decided to postpone any celebration of life until the new year. Please stay tuned as we will be in a position to provide more information come January 2021.

Thank you for your very kind patience as we work through the details and logistics of our plans. We look forward to 'seeing' everyone soon.

Glen ¯ a husband, father, son, brother, friend, and colleague. He was truly loved by so many and will never be forgotten. He died suddenly and leaves behind his loving wife Lisa, devoted sons Kyle and Jason, mother Echo-Marie, father Donald, and sisters Heather and Melanie, as well as many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Glen was born July 15, 1959 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in North Vancouver. Glen knew from a very early age that he wanted to become a helicopter pilot. When barely able to ride a bike, he would race through the house yelling what type of helicopter he had just heard flying overhead. This was of course before he could see the machine or any of the family could even hear it. As he got older, his enthusiasm for helicopters blossomed: he joined air cadets, got his fixed wing license and became an aircraft maintenance engineer for Okanagan Helicopters. Before heading to university, Glen reached a monumental professional goal – obtaining his commercial helicopter pilot’s license. His career took him all across Western Canada, including stints in Edmonton, Inuvik and Campbell River.

While at Simon Fraser University pursuing his business degree, Glen met the love of his life Lisa. He and Lisa married on July 14, 1990, and their beloved boys Kyle and Jason made their family complete. After settling in Campbell River with his family, Glen began working overseas in Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, Malaysia, and Azerbaijan as a captain, trainer, manager and check pilot.

Glen was a family man through and through. His laugh and enthusiasm at family dinners was a constant highlight and highly contagious. He also loved spending time outdoors and adventuring with Lisa and the boys. Common excursions included outings on Pop Gary’s boat, trips to Savary Island, and family hikes with the grandparents in Whistler. Some of the more intrepid vacations featured surf sessions on the hidden shores of Kona, caving in the jungles of Malaysia, and romantic getaways with Lisa to the Edinburgh Christmas market and the coast of Italy.

Glen was an extremely humble, kind and caring soul. He forged strong relationships with those around him and loved everyone unconditionally. He always strove to better himself and his community — spiritually, emotionally and physically.

The way that Glen passed was no reflection of the way that he had lived his life — exuberantly, passionately, wholeheartedly, and loyally. Although Glen fought valiantly for seven months against acute mental health challenges, he slipped through the cracks of the system and from the embrace of his family. Glen, we miss you terribly and there is a huge hole in our hearts that we know will never be filled.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to support Glen and his family, you can kindly make a donation to a local mens’ mental health organization in your town.

“One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.” Fyodor Dostoevsky

That was our Glen.



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Shannon McMullen

noviembre 14, 2020

Rest Easy My Friend.

Thank you for sharing your light with all that had the privilege to know you.
I will miss our days at "the office", talking of our families so far away.

Your love for Lisa and the boys was an inspiration to witness throughout the years.

I will miss you Glen. I will miss you.

Rest Easy Now.

Andy Fowler

noviembre 13, 2020

My condolences to all of Glen's family.
I flew with Glen in Miri, he was a great guy, with a great laugh!
To this day, I drink green tea, because of Glen.

Margit Andrews

noviembre 12, 2020

I have struggled to find words of comfort that are equal to the depth of your loss – there are none.

So I’ll instead join others by embracing and sharing the special moments that were the best of Glen.

His relaxed personality made conversation flow easily, complimented with his great sense of humour and hearty memorable laugh.

His passion for flying was clear.

Among the many memories that I have of Glen, the one that stands out the most is when Heather, Glen and I flew to Kamloops; at that time he was working on building up flying hours and invited us to join him.

While heading to the airport he had his two sixty air conditioning on (two windows down going 60 mph) in his VW Beetle with tunes of Neil Diamond (Sweet Caroline) playing on high.

Never having been in a small plane I had no idea that it would feel like driving a vehicle down the highway. Navigating close to mountainous areas was also unexpected, but knowing Glen’s high level of responsibility I felt at ease with him navigating the flight.

Thank you Glen for sharing that unforgettable day with Heather and I. The entire experience was one that I still talk about today and was one of the most memorable ever.

The song Sweet Caroline is played at every UBC home football game with all in attendance having their hands in the air swaying to the song and singing it out loud. This (each time) brings back memories of that special Kamloops day, which I’ll cherish now more than ever.

My heart goes out to all of the family members for the significant loss of Glen.

Praying for God’s peace, comfort and healing during this very difficult time and may your memories of Glen and those shared by others give you strength in the days ahead.

With much love and heartfelt sympathy,


Bruce Macdonald

noviembre 2, 2020

A sad loss.
Heart felt condolences to the family.
A dual loss, one to his immediate family and one to his extended aviation family, a true rotor head.

Rosalie Grills

noviembre 1, 2020

Our family had an amazing event in 1973. The incredible Fawkes family became our neighbours. Our love for one another resulted in so many great memories - North Van, Savary Island, Toronto, Whistler, Bermuda, etc. We happily watched Glen realize his lifelong dream of being a helicopter pilot when he flew over our home. When we were together his face would absolutely sparkle when he spoke of Lisa, Kyle, and Jason. His positive impact on so many people in so many places will be celebrated forever. This fact is truly a wondrous legacy. I can hear his lovely laughter. I wish I could hug all the treasured family members and friends. Dr. Lee

Suru Patel

octubre 29, 2020

This is quite a shock to learn of Glen's passing. I haven't talked to him since we worked together in Inuvik with Canadian Helicopters in the early 90's. I always enjoyed working with Glen and remember his smile and laugh. He was a genuine soul who maintained his professionalism. Sincere condolences to Lisa and the family.

Heather Brooks

octubre 27, 2020

I first met Glen at SFU when he started dating my cousin Lisa. Lisa and her sister lived in our basement apartment, and the three of us, four including Glen all went to SFU. He wood arrive in his red Mazda sports car wearing his aviator sunglasses, looking so dashing and always smiling and laughing. Fit into the family right away, chatting and laughing easily with everyone. I was one of the lucky ones to be able to fly with him and Lisa in his helicopter, once up amongst the local mountains in Vancouver and once over the cabin and Kawkawa Lake. So many great days I spent at their home in Campbell River watching the boys grow and just having fun together. Family but more, great friends. His eyes always shone when talking about his boys or Lisa. He was so proud of them, loved them with everything he had, and always up for some fun in the great outdoors. I will miss that laugh and gentle caring soul. Love to the whole family I hold you all close to my heart. ❤️
Heather Brooks

Laila Quinton (nee Nielsen)

octubre 26, 2020

Don and Echo, I was so surprised and sorry to read that Glen was gone. I remember in Nova Scotia when my brother Ken and his buddy Glen would play together either at our house or down at your place. Those 2 were so busy with their imagination games. They both had a passion for running and brooooming as they ran around the houses. Ken was lost if he couldn't spend a day with Glen. Later on you housed me when I came to Vancouver as a young woman finding her feet and I remember Glen in his bedroom in a swivel chair working controls as he imagined flying his helicopter. Those were wonderful times and I know he will be missed. I will be praying for all of your family that those memories you have will bring comfort and consolation as you face the future. Lovingly Laila

Deborah Parton

octubre 26, 2020

My deepest condolences to Echo-Marie, Don and Glen's family and friends. May God grant you peace and strength at this tragic time.



Jennifer Kormendy

octubre 26, 2020

Echo-Marie, Don, and All of Glen's Family, I am so sorry and heart-broken for you to hear of this terribly sad news. It sounds like Glen was a wonderful son, husband, father, and special adventurous human. I am thinking of you during this time of enormous loss.
Jen K. ~ KinVillage


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