OBITUARY

Alfred Glenn Yorke

July 9, 1927June 7, 2021

Alfred “Glenn” Yorke was born July 9, 1927, and passed away June 7, 2021, at the age of 93. Glenn was the son of loving parents Alfred Edward Yorke and Marie Elizabeth Yorke (nee Willis). He was predeceased by his parents and his dear friend and partner, William “Bill” David Hughey. Glenn is survived by his cousin Brock Cromwell, his partner Bill’s sister, Pat Green, as well as his many friends.

Glenn attended York Memorial Collegiate Institute before attending University College at the University of Toronto, where he graduated in 1950. At the University of Toronto Glenn studied history, and was a member of the Modern History, and International Relations clubs.

Following his UC years, Glenn went on to study at the Ontario College of Education where he graduated in 1951. His first teaching position was at Wallaceburg District High School. After a brief sojourn in southwestern Ontario, Glenn joined the staff at Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School in Mississauga during the year that the school opened in 1953. He taught at TLK for 31 years, retiring in 1984. During that time Glenn spent two stints with the Department of National Defence teaching in France and Germany. Glenn was known for his passion for teaching history, and he was especially renowned for teaching ancient and medieval history. His students enjoyed creating models of catapults, castles and even the colosseum. He also loved working with school staff and students on annual school drama productions, especially musicals, which were truly professional productions.

Glenn loved the theatre, and he also enjoyed music, film, fine dining, gardening and travelling. Some of his best memories were of his annual trips to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with Bill, after they both retired.

Glenn will be greatly missed by so many people. A private interment service will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 1:30 PM. The service will be livestreamed.

Services

  • Committal Service

    Monday, June 21, 2021

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Memories

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Dave Arthurs

June 22, 2021

I was lucky! I was hired by Glenn twice to teach in the History department at T.L.Kennedy, in 1974 and again in 1978!
Glenn was a fantastic teacher and department head, loved by both staff and students. His leadership inspired us all . I will always remember him for his helpful guidance and genuine friendship over the years. Glen retired in 1984, ten years after I met him. They were the best ten years of my teaching career.
Room 139 at TLK will never be the same without Mr. Yorke.
Glenn made a profound and lasting impact on the lives of many people. I am one. We are all fortunate to have met him.
Dave Arthurs

Chris Boyce

June 20, 2021

I met Glenn (and Bill) over 30 years ago. They both became role models for my partner Ruben and me. Over the years, Glenn was very supportive and showed great interest in my education and career choices. He attended every book launch during my publishing days in the 90s; he got a great kick out of being a “mystery shopper” for me at Second Cup and reporting back about his customer service experience. I will forever miss the dinners at Biagio, Le Papillon and barbecues in our backyard, the theatre days, the annual Christmas party and the annual joint birthday celebration, which Ruben hosted for Glenn and me because our birthdays were close together. The celebration ended with our blowing out the candles on the cake and, Glenn’s favourite part, everyone releasing balloons! Glenn, this year I will release the balloons for both of us! You (and Bill) will be forever in our hearts and will be greatly missed. Love and hugs, Chris and Ruben

Katherine Livingstone

June 19, 2021

Mr. York was my history teacher at TLK in the 70’s. He was simply the best!
I was pleased to read he enjoyed a long, interesting retirement…just what he deserved.

Anna Gambino nee Piccolotto

June 15, 2021

I had the honour of being taught by Mr. Yorke in my last year of high school (1974) in grade 13. He is partly responsible for my becoming a teacher myself. I remember his enjoyable history classes and he would always "embarass" me by asking me to read aloud. Looking back, it taught me a lot about being self-confident and coming out of my shell which he wanted all of his students to do. I remember one of his favourite sayings (taken from the Bible I later discovered): "don't hide your light under a bushel" Mr. Yorke wanted every student to shine and I will always remember that. RIP Mr. Yorke.

John & Lori Braszo

June 14, 2021

We were lucky to be in the Yorke-Hughey orbit commencing with our fortuitous meeting poolside in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico circa 1997. Thereafter, and annually, the highlight of our winter sojourn south was being able to escape our inclement weather while being in the company of the charm, wit, grace, quiet dignity and regal demeanor that was Glenn Yorke. We so looked forward to engaging conversations, poignant observations and laugh filled dinners together. Glenn was a joy to be around ~ a truly special person. Throughout the rest of the year, and over the decades, we kept in regular contact through letters, phone calls, visits to Toronto, and birthday and holiday greetings. The magic of our vacations were diminished significantly after Glenn was no longer able to travel. We wish we knew him longer ~ We wish we had more time together. Glenn had an indelible and lasting impression on us and we will miss him immensely. Rest in Peace dear friend ~

John & Lori Braszo
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Glenn Garrard

June 13, 2021

Mr Yorke was a fantastic teacher. I had the good fortune of being in his home room class in 1984 , his final year at TLK. My life long passion for learning and history stems from his creative approach to teaching. I remember making a roman helmet for a project. He loved it and I can see him wearing it in class right now. He was a special person. Thank you for the memories !

Enide Emond

June 13, 2021

I met Glenn ( and Bill) in Puerto Vallarta Mexico some 30 odd years ago. Little did we know that we lived minutes from each other in uptown Toronto. As a result, our friendship blossomed over the years. I have fond memories of many dinners in restaurants as well as at my place; theatre with "the boys"; movies to enjoy; driving them to Bill's cottage in the summer and enjoying the weekend with them or simply enjoying his garden in his back yard. Glenn had a fantastic dry sense of humour that I will always remember. We enjoyed our time in Mexico and I miss him dearly when I go back every year. I will miss our weekly visits, making him soups, muffins, breads and desserts and having him over to my place for dinners. Rest in Peace Glenn. You can now enjoy Bill's company once again but in another world. My life will be different now that you are gone. Hugs and love, Énide

Terry and Dona Doyon

June 13, 2021

We first meant Glenn at my cousin's Bill and Pat's cottage in Inverhuron. We always enjoyed being in his company and his dry sense of humour. We would meet them at a lovely restaurant near the cottage on the Saturday of the long week-end in August and enjoy their company, several glasses of wine and there was always lots of laughter. We will miss those dinners. On one occasion, I shared with Glenn that I was always nervous sending Bill a Christmas card as with cousin Bill being an English teacher, you always wanted to get the punctuation just right. He listened to my concern, turned to me and said "you know he marks them" :) . Glenn was a true gentlemen and we will miss his visits. In Friendship! Terry and Dona Doyon

Rosemary Evans

June 13, 2021

Glenn's graduation photo, 1950, University College, University of Toronto. Glenn enjoyed his UC days and made many life long friends. Many went into teaching as well. His impact as a teacher was truly remarkable.

Pat McKee (nee London)

June 13, 2021

I fondly remember Mr. Yorke as one of the excellent teachers at TL Kennedy where I attended high school. What I especially remember is his excellent direction of two musicals that I was in "Guys and Dolls" and "The Boyfriend". They were amazing productions. Another fond memory is meeting up with Mr. Yorke in 2003 at the 50th anniversary of TLK. The attached photo includes Glenn Yorke, me and John Whittaker (another wonderful TLK teacher).

FROM THE FAMILY