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David Eugene Glackin

June 22, 1931 - January 18, 2014


Born to Charlie and Effie Glackin, Dave was the youngest of 4 children. He was an athlete and musician during his school years and at Colorado State College (now University of Northern Colorado). He taught band and choir music at many schools through-out northern Colorado. Concert band, marching band, pep band, jazz band and concert and jazz choirs all contributed to the success and enthusiasm of the many students he had the privilege to teach.

Dave was instrumental in the establishment of the Colorado Bandmasters’ Association as well as many band and choral festivals in Colorado. He met and married his wife, Pat, in 1963.

In 1970 Dave and Pat immigrated to Canada where he taught English, band and choir at Trafalgar Junior Secondary School until his chosen retirement in 1989. His groups brought many honours obtained at competitions to Nelson and Trafalgar School.

Along with fellow music teachers in School District 8, Dave worked hard to build the Nelson Band and Choir Festival which was attended by music groups from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Following retirement from Trafalgar, Dave started the Band Instrument Repair business (at that time the only repair between Vancouver and Calgary). He enjoyed connecting with students, former colleagues and the public. He sold the business in 2001.

Through the intervening years he was a staunch fan of the Denver Broncos, BC Lions, Vancouver Canucks and Nelson Maple Leafs.

Dave’s professionalism and love of teaching was fueled by the enthusiasm, humor and willingness to learn he received from all of the many students, colleagues and friends he had the privilege to work with from 1948 onward. His thoughts included “if it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing”.

Dave is survived by his wife, Pat, his brother Chuck and sister-in-law Marge, many nieces and nephews as well as many relatives on his wife’s side. He felt fortunate to have close friends who would help him smile a lot. By family request, no service will be held. Donations can be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View St, Nelson BC, V1L 2V1, or to the Osprey Community Foundation, Suite B8, 625 Front St, Nelson BC, V1L 4B6.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Joanne Oliver (Mack)
Relation: band student and friend

I will miss you big guy…. There will always be a special place in my heart for you. We are thinking of you Pat at this very difficult time. I know he is now in heaven making beautiful music with the angels…. with a smile on his face. Good bye dear teacher and friend.

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: friend

Pat, I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing…keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Joey Gatchell

From: Brian Kirkhope
Relation: Teacher

Pat: My condolences to you and your family. Dave was the best band teacher I ever had, as well as being a great leader and person. I was one of thousands of students that learned life lessons from Dave in the band hut and on band trips. He will always have a specal place in my heart.

From: Maureen Attridge
Relation: friend

Pat, so sorry to hear about Dave!! Still remember walking out to visit you! Condolences from Maureen, Bob, & Ethel

From: Annette Ball
Relation: former band student

Pat so sorry for your loss. I will miss his cheerful lauch and his gentle manner he will be missed

From: jack and sharry heighton
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Pat and family .so sorry to hear of Daves passing.Dave was one of our favoite customers at our store at 6-mile.He always had a smile. He was a true gentleman.

From: Dave Blancher
Relation: Fomer Band Student

Mr.G, you will be missed.

From: Lou and Bill Costain
Relation: friends

Our hearts go out to you Pat in your loss . We have great memories of Dave as our “kids” went thru’ band under his direction and as he donated so much of his time to Festival Nelson.We will hold you and him in our thoughts and prayers. Lovingly, Lou and Bill

From: Jonnine Mahonen
Relation: Student

Mr Glackin. My first band teacher. My first trumpet teacher. One of my favourite teachers ever. His kindness was an oasis for me. Hard to imagine a world without him. I will be cheering for his Broncos in the SuperBowl.

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