OBITUARY

Glen William Fawkes

July 15, 1959October 10, 2020

NO REALLY GREAT MAN EVER THOUGHT HIMSELF SO

(William Hazlitt)

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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Suru Patel

October 28, 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

October 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)

October 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

October 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.

Sincerely

Deborah



Jennifer Kormendy

October 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

Doug Hare

October 25, 2020

Glen was one of the most genuinely enthusiastic individuals I’ve ever met. He began talking to me about his passion for helicopters when he was in his teens, and not only did he achieve his goal to become a pilot, he became one of the best in the industry. I was honored to be an usher at he and Lisa’s wedding and was so proud to watch them raise a family, beat cancer and enjoy their lives to the fullest.
When I first heard about this tragedy I felt awful for not being there to help. I’ve since been assured that his extended family did everything in their power to get him the assistance he needed but it was the system itself that failed.
Stay in touch with your friends – life is short.

Kevin Parkin

October 23, 2020

It was Glen’s laugh I remember most, just a friendly happy person who exemplified a true professional, always a pleasure to work with and be around.
RIP Glen,, you are missed..

Ted Ellan

October 23, 2020

My condolences to all of Glen’s extended family and my sincerest hope you’re able to cope going forward. Glen was one of the many pilots I flew with over the years, and I was one of the many pilots Glen trained, mentored, and flew with throughout his career. Glen stood out because he was one of the true good guys. He will not be forgotten, not by the many he touched throughout this aviation career, and certainly, not by me.

Donna Collett

October 23, 2020

My sincere sympathy to the whole Fawkes Family. So sorry for your loss. As time passes, I can only wish for you to find comfort in the many wonderful memories of Glen. Certainly a life well-lived and a man well-loved. Huge hugs to you all.

Sidney Hoenstok

October 23, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Glen in Malaysia. He was exactly as how he is described, always happy and a true nice guy.

He will be missed.

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