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Donald H. Glenny, Ontario travel agent <br> Dec. 18, 1923 -- Dec. 15, 2006

Services for Donald Harvey Glenny, a longtime Fort Erie travel agent and civic leader, will be at 11 a.m. today in St. Paul's Anglican Church, 32 Idylewylde St.

He died Friday in his Fort Erie home. He would have been 83 Monday.

Mr. Glenny owned and operated Glenny Travel, a business started by his father in 1927, for nearly 50 years. Since he retired in 1998, his son Stephen has operated the agency.

He helped create Ontario's Travel Industry Council, which established professional standards for the travel business. He also was a founding member of Independent Travel Professionals, now known as Advantage Travel, an association of small independent travel agents.

Born in Fort Erie, he was a graduate of Fort Erie Secondary School and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from McMaster University in Hamilton in 1948. His father's death the following year made him cut short his graduate studies in quantum physics at the University of Illinois and return home to take over the businesses -- Glenny Travel and Glenny Insurance -- and support his mother.

Although the insurance agency was more lucrative, Mr. Glenny's passion was for the travel business. After a few years, he sold the insurance company to a longtime friend and employee.

His other passion was for sailing. He built his first sailboat in his living room in the winter of 1958, then bought a Lightning formerly owned by Tom Fallon, a champion Buffalo sailor. He had occasional success in Niagara River and Lake Erie races with that boat and a newer model. Eventually, he retired from competitive sailing and cruised on his power boat, the "Brig-O-Don."

He was a charter member of the Parkway Sailing Club, which supported races on the Upper Niagara River. He also was a member of the Fort Erie Lions Club and devoted many hours to its fundraising events. He had a lifelong interest in the Boy Scouts and served several times as a troop leader.

He also served two terms on the Fort Erie Town Council in the 1990s and was chairman of its Finance Committee. He was a member of the board of directors of Douglas Memorial Hospital for 14 years in the 1960s and 1970s.

His first wife of 20 years, Ivy Jean Brown Fallon, died in 1968. He married Elizabeth Marshall in 1970.

Surviving are three sons, Robert, Ian Marshall and Stephen Marshall, and a daughter, Susan Hannah.


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