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Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL

OBITUARY

Glasspole St. John Brown

November 8, 1945May 28, 2020

'WITH DEEP SORROW, WE ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF GLASSPOLE BROWN (AKA GLASSY). A BELOVED HUSBAND, FATHER, BROTHER, UNCLE, BROTHER IN LAW AND FRIEND TO ALL. GLASSY PASSED AWAY MAY 28TH, 2020 IN PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA.'

GLASSPOLE (GLASSY) WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 8, 1945 IN WESTMORELAND, JAMAICA TO PARENTS, LEO AND MYRTLE BROWN. HE ATTENDED MANNINGS HIGH SCHOOL, CLARENDON COLLEGE AND ULTIMATELY GRADUATED FROM EXCELSIOR HIGH SCHOOL. GLASSY WAS A TRACK AND FIELD STAR AT MANNINGS HIGH SCHOOL AND WAS ON BOTH CRICKET AND SOCCER TEAMS AT EXCELSIOR HIGH. SPORTS DOMINATED HIS HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. HE MIGRATED TO CANADA. IN 1968 HE MARRIED HIS CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART, SHEILA MORANT AND THEY LATER HAD TWO CHILDREN, GIGI AND SHELLEY! HE ATTENDED EASTERN ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY IN OTTAWA WHERE HE GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN 1968. IN 1969, GLASSY ACCEPTED A POSITION AS A MANAGEMENT TRAINEE AT CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE IN OTTAWA. HE WAS LATER TRANSFERRED TO CIBC TORONTO, WHERE HE REMAINED FOR APPROXIMATELY 12 YEARS, WORKING AS AN ACCOUNTANT, AUDITOR AND FINALLY BANK MANAGER (PRESIDENT). THE FAMILY RELOCATED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1982 AND SETTLED IN FLORIDA WHERE HE SUCCESSFULLY INVESTED IN VARIOUS BUSINESS VENTURES.

GLASSY WAS SOCIALLY ACTIVE, THE LIFE OF THE PARTY.... AND ONE WOULD ALWAYS CHERISH INTERACTIONS WITH HIM AS HE WAS JOVIAL AND HAPPY NO MATTER HOW SERIOUS THINGS MAY SEEM, HE WAS ALWAYS ON THE DANCE FLOOR!! HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS THE GREAT FAMILY MAN, LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER, KIND, FUN LOVING, GENUINE PERSON AND AS THE BUFFALO BILLS NUMBER ONE FAN, NEVER MISSING MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!

GLASSY IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, SHEILA; DAUGHTERS, SHELLEY AND GILLIAN BROWN OF PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA; SIBLINGS, MONICA (DONALD) MURDOCK, ROSE CRIVELLI, BLOSSOM MCLEAN, MARCO BROWN, VAL (CLEVE) KENNY AND NEVILLE BROWN; AND SEVERAL NIECES, NEPHEWS, IN-LAWS, COUSINS AND FRIENDS. HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, LEOPOLD AND MYRTLE BROWN OF JAMAICA; BROTHERS IN LAW, TERRY CRIVELLI AND DR. WINSTON MCLEAN.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2020 AT 3PM FOLLOWED BY A COMMITTAL SERVICE. ALL SERVICES WILL TAKE PLACE AT FOREST LAWN SOUTH FUNERAL HOME AND MEMORIAL GARDENS, 2401 DAVIE ROAD, DAVIE, FLORIDA 33317. DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE SERVICE WILL BE RESTRICTED TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND INVITED FRIENDS. THE ENTIRE SERVICE WILL BE STREAMED REAL TIME AND THE LINK WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE AND ON FACEBOOK. AFTER PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS ARE ELIMINATED A MEMORIAL SERVICE AND RECEPTION FOR FRIENDS AND EXTENDED FAMILY WILL BE HELD AND ALL WILL BE WELCOME AT THAT TIME TO CELEBRATE GLASSY'S LIFE.

THE FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THE LOVE, SUPPORT, PRAYERS AND KINDNESS DURING THIS TIME. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. THE LINK IS LOCATED ON THIS PAGE.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
11 July

Memorial Service

3:00 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home

2401 Davie Rd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33317

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
11 July

Committal Service

5:00 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home

2401 Davie Rd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33317

Memories

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Anthony McLean

July 7, 2020

My late Uncle Glassy was perhaps the most well-liked person I have ever known. Allow me to prove it...

Aunty Phyllis passed away last year. If you didn’t know Phyllis it might be hard for me to describe her. She was very guarded. She was never married, didn’t have many close friends, and she hardly trusted anyone at all. But she trusted Uncle Glassy. She loved Uncle Glassy. He was the only human on earth who could tease her. He was the only person who could show up unannounced at her house. He was so charming, so loving, so joyful… her guards didn't stand a chance. She could dislike the rest of the world. She couldn't dislike Glassy. No one could.

Now to be fair, Glassy had a superpower that gave him an advantage over regular folks. He was hands-down one of the funniest people in the world. The last time I saw him was at Aunty Phyllis's funeral last summer. He was battling cancer but his sense of humor hadn't missed a beat. We were leaving the funeral home and he quipped, “why should I go to anyone’s funeral? They won’t be coming to mine!”

It took me a minute to get it.

And then I burst out laughing.

Right there in a funeral home.
Right there in the middle of his fight against cancer.
Right there at a loved one’s passing.

He made me laugh.

Uncle Glassy was an oasis of joy.
He brought laughter in moments of pain.
He was a legend.
And he will be missed.

- Anthony McLean

Gillian and Shelly Brown

July 7, 2020

Dear daddy ,
We love you so much . You were the best dad in the whole wide World .it will be hard to do with out the fun you gave us. We laughed , We danced , we acted silly and we loved .
Your funny stories / like your ballet dancing will always make us smile with happy memories . Truly we really believed you did ballet dancing that we told our aunts the story and they “cracked up”,that’s when we started having our doubts.
We miss you Daddy but we know you will Always be watchIng over us .
Rest in Peace

HOPE THOMPSON

July 7, 2020

Glassy the memories we share will always be with me, you extended your unconditional love to me and everyone else that came across your life,s path. Thanks for Teaching me American football on those Sundays sipping our Voda and Cranberry. You will always remain my Favourite Cousin. Sleep on my Cuz will miss those phone calls. Love you endlessly . From Uncle Jim Family. Love Hope and Joel.

Norma Lubsey Reid

July 7, 2020

I am sill finding it hard to deal with this. From we met it has been laughter.there were times I wanted to kill him. He would wake me up at 2.30am to go have breakfast before getting ready for school. After staggering out I found the place in utter darkness. He made Blossom and I fenne sometimes, but no one had better Touch or say anything about us. He and I managed a radio station on Saturdays Playing records and sending out messages until uncle Leo picked up the broadcast on his way from Mandeville and read the riot act when he came home . It was illegal.
He couldn’t have a better person than Sheila , his truly lifelong partner. Girl you are the best. My prayers and best wishes to you and the family . Focus on the fond memories and fun shared to enjoy in coming days with peace in your heart and a smile on your face. I plan to do the same. Much love. God Bless.

Damian Facey

July 7, 2020

Uncle Glassy was the type of guy who would always make you feel at ease and welcome with his presence. He had a way about him that brought out a very realistic outlook of any situation at hand yet had the ability to layer the moment with warmth and humor. He consistently offered the type of moments whereas you couldn’t help saying “True” when he offered his perspective. However he would quickly pivot with a follow up joke to add just the right dose of warmth and humor which always let me know he was speaking directly from his heart. I noticed his warm demeanor shine with his friends and often heard family members speak of his reputation as a very loyal friend. I personally remember multiple occasions during my summers in Miami as a teenager where he would be the first to offer my cousins and I a ride to different locations when in need. I also remember all of the funny moments at family events where he’d rip a quick joke or offer a funny saying to make everyone laugh at the most awkward time. Oh, and the dancing! There was no place where I saw Uncle Glassy’s zest for life show up more than on the dance floor. I always loved to watch the way Uncle Glassy danced with Auntie Sheila, my Mom, or my Aunts at family events. He commanded the dancefloor with his “footwork”. But what I remember most about Uncle Glassy from when I was a child up until the last time I saw him this past Thanksgiving was the way he gave a hug. He’d always look me up and down to see how I’d changed physically since the last time I saw him, look me in the eyes and ask me the question “How are you doing?” and then finish the exchange with a very warm and tight embrace. I am so thankful for the time I had with my Uncle Glassy and would like to extend our deepest condolences to Auntie Sheila, Gigi, and Shelly. We pray for our entire family‘s loss. Uncle Glassy we love you and may your life live on through all of those you have touched.

Love,

Damian, Toiya, Kenedi, Brice, Eden, and Bennett

Norman Brown

July 7, 2020

It is with deep regret and the fondest of memories I will mark the passing of Glassy one of the originals of the residence at 28 Patterson Ave, Ottawa. His friendship, camaraderie and support then and as always over the years was truly foundational to our group of young men brought together by a common post secondary mission. He was a good man and an even better friend who should and will be missed.
RIP : Norman & Lana Brown

Pat Reid

July 7, 2020

Hard to believe that you are gone. I will miss your calls and our many conversations.
Love to Sheila and the family, I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Pat Reid

Johnny Lubsey

July 6, 2020

G.S.T.J.B. (GLASSY)
My brother, my friend, you are truly going to be missed.
We have shared lots of fun and laughter together. There are lots of memories we shared which I will cherish forever. Too many to mention. I remember the nights you kept me up telling me how much you love Sheila and you are going to marry her. So you did and I was very happy for you. Glassy, I remember when we used to steal the car out at nights and go for joy rides. I am happy to have had you in my life. I love you Glassy. May you rest in peace.
Johnny

Johnny Lubsey

July 6, 2020

G.S.T.J.B. (GLASSY)
My brother, my friend, you are truly going to be missed.
We have shared lots of fun and laughter together. There are lots of memories we shared which I will cherish forever. Too many to mention. I remember the nights you kept me up telling me how much you love Sheila and you are going to marry her. So you did and I was very happy for you. Glassy, I remember when we used to steal the car out at nights and go for joy rides. I am happy to have had you in my life. I love you Glassy. May you rest in peace.
Johnny

Margaret Lubsey

July 6, 2020

After leaving Miss Gooden's restaurant, we couldn't lock the door as they would not be able to get in. Then when we heard Leo coming to make the last thing to know we were all at home. Eg sister Norma I remember dived into the bed, and never even spilled her curry chicken. Those were the best days. From Maggie. God bless you.

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