G. Donald Glazier Jr., 77, of Haverhill, passed away Thursday May 4, at Merrimack Valley Health Center, Amesbury, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
He was born in Medford, April 4, 1940, to the late Rev. Glenn D. and Ella (Brower) Glazier. Glazier graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural High School and went on to receive an associates degree in Animal Science from Stockbridge School of Agriculture, bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Kansas State University, master’s degree from University of New Hampshire and PH.D. in Agricultural Education, Educational Administration, and Animal Science in 1975 from Ohio State University. Glazier began his teaching career in Almena, Kansas. He then made his way back to New England where he continued his love of teaching at Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute. He also served as the Essex County 4-H Extension agent. In the latter part of his career, spanning almost 40 years, he held multiple administrative positions involving admissions and student services at both “The Aggie” and North Shore Community College.
He was active in his church, serving on many boards and committees and the choir. His hobbies included watching his favorite New England sports teams, cooking and baking, and making gingerbread houses for decorating. His longstanding involvement with the Topsfield Fair included judging the youth cattle show, doing milking demonstrations and serving on the cattle committee. He also served as president of the fair during 1981-1982. His most famous interest to all who knew him, was his love of John Deere Tractors. One of his most prized possessions was the John Deere mower used to maintain his lawn but more popularly used to give his numerous grandchildren tractor rides in the handmade wagon hooked up to the back.
Glazier is survived by his wife of 30 years Bonnie C. (Wood) Glazier; four daughters, Kelly Tull-Martinez of Haverhill, Shannon Glazier of Haverhill, Renee and her husband Adam Noel of Crofton, Md., Danielle and her husband Frank Nobleza of Severna Park, Md.; two step daughters, Crystal and her husband Martin Sandler of Haverhill, Sarah Morse and her husband Scott Stafford of Wilmington, N.C.; 15 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Glenadine Gilmore and Barbara Kroll.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation Wednesday, May 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., at H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. His memorial service is Thursday, May 11, 11 a.m., at Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St. Groveland. Burial is private in Coventry Cemetery, Coventry, Vt. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Groveland Congregational Church Organ Maintenance Fund and/or Music Memorial Fund, 4 King St. Groveland, MA 01834 , or to the Topsfield Fair, P.O. Box 134, Topsfield, MA 01983.