After a valiant fight and long, courageous struggle, Glenn Edward Garrison passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Bluewater Health at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Audrey (Lewis) for 67 years. Survived by his sister June Soper. Loving father of the late Glenda (Ron) Hutchinson, Cathryn (Jamie) Laws, John (Deborah) and David (Connie). Cherished Papa to Craig, Jill, Jennifer, Vanessa, Maeghan, Jesse and Mackenzie, and Great-Papa to Angel, Brianne, Corgan, Cheyanne and Jacob. Predeceased by his parents Russell and Irene (Hardick) Garrison; brothers Robert, Roy and Eric; sisters Jean, Evelyn and Lois; and daughter-in-law Joan (Peaslee) and granddaughter Miranda. Glenn was a student at Blackwell Public School and SCITS high school. He was a WWII Veteran; joining the RCAF at the age of 17 where he became a Flying Officer with the 428 Ghost Squadron. He completed 44 missions as a tail gunner in Halifax and Lancaster Bombers. Glenn was an active member of the RCAF Bomber Command and enjoyed teaching high school students in the community about the importance of Remembrance Day. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and recently the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and took pleasure in flying his own home-built aircraft whenever an opportunity arose. Glenn was the Akela for the 19th Blackwell Cub Pack for 38 years and actively involved with Scouts Canada for 42 years and was awarded the Gilwell Wood Badge, Neckerchief and Beads. He was made Honourary Chief of the Attawandaron, where he received the title “He Who Soars The Heavens.” Glenn was very involved in local hockey and baseball teams, was a superintendent of Sunday School at Blackwell United Church, where he was also an Elder and Chairman of the Board of Blackwell Cemetery. Glenn was a machinist at Autolite for 37 years but his passion was farming. He was meticulous with his expectations of straight furrows and rows, and there could be no weeds in his fields. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, travelling, and loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him and his always present sense of humour, hugs, and smiles will be forever remembered. A special thanks to the doctors and nurses of Bluewater Health for their care and compassion. Family and friends will be received on Monday, October 22, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Glenn’s funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at Blackwell United Church, 1825 Blackwell Rd., Sarnia. Interment to follow in Blackwell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Joan Garrison Excellence in Nursing Award (St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation), Inn of the Good Shepherd, or Huron House Boys Home would be greatly appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at

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