Glen Percy, 1918 – 2004
Glen passed away on December 27, 2004. He is survived by his wife Gwen; two sons Geoff and Grand; daughters-in-law Judith and Donna Lee; granddaughters and spouses Shelley and Dave, Jeneen and Tim, and grandson Kris. Also surviving are two sisters, Margaret (Peggy) and Phyllis.
Glen led a full and productive life. One of his passions was hockey and while growing up in Brandon, Man. He played for the local juvenile and junior teams. He went on to play senior hockey in Yorkton, Saskatoon, and Cape Breton, and was a member of the Sudbury Wolves team that travelled to Prague, Czechoslovakia and won the World Championship in 1938.
Glen enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1942 and took his officer training at Gordon Head, near Victoria. He landed at Juno Beach in Normandy on D-Day and his unit was engaged until the end of the war in France and in the liberation of Holland. After the war Glen entered the real estate and insurance business, with his father, in Brandon and began a long career of community service. The organizations and people who he touched with his vision and hard work are many and varied. In the late 40s Glen was on the executive of the Wheat King hockey organization, including 1948-49, when the club went to the Memorial Cup, and narrowly lost in eight games. He also coached minor hockey and took his son’s team to a provincial championship. Glen was a chairman of the Brandon School Board. He was instrumental in the formation of a provincial association of school trustees, and served as the first president of the Manitoba Assoc. of School Trustees. He was also a passionate supporter and board member of Brandon College. Glen was very active with the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, serving as president, and also helping to organize the first Wally Byam Airstream Trailer Rally, which brought close to 5,000 Airstreamers to Brandon. Glen was an avid supporter of the Provincial Exhibition Board. He was particularly proud of his role in the negotiations involving the Board, the City of Brandon, and the Province of Manitoba, which resulted in the construction of the Keystone Centre — the current home of the Brandon Wheat Kings. Glen was a dog lover and was very active in the local and national retriever training organizations, serving on the boards of the Brandon Retriever Club, the Delta Marsh Retriever Club, and the National Retriever Club of Canada. Glen served his peers in the insurance industry with a term as president of the Insurance Agents Assoc. of Manitoba. He was also proud to have been on the Board of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corp. Other organizations that Glen supported include the Brandon Kinsmen Club (Pres.), Canada Winter Games (fundraising co-chair), Indian-Metis Friendship Centre (Pres.), Economic Development Board, and the Brandon Centennial Auditorium.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ducks Unlimited.