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“Glidden family- I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. May he be at peace in the company of his son and daughter in heaven. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Joe Ahern - Cincinnati, OH

“Dear Heleane, So very sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. You and your family will have...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Bob and Anne Consedine - Agawam, MA

“Dear Mrs. Glidden, Dear David, Dear Lisa,Please accept my sincerely-offered condolences. What a fine person Mr. Glidden was. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: John Corrigan Islamabad, Pakistan

“Mr Glidden ....the best mentor and coach that I ever had while growing up! I spent many days/nights with Chucky, David, and Timmy Alben. Whether we...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: John Thomas Doulette Philiipines

“Dear Mrs. Glidden, David and Lisa,Words cannot express my deepest sympathy for you all. Godspeed. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: SHIRLEY CORRIGAN - CENTERVILLE, MA

“A real gentleman and an avid sports fan. An asset to the community...you will surely be missed by all who knew you. My sincerest condolences. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Francis Lamagdelaine - FL


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HOLYOKE - Charles Frederick Glidden, 84, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening at Mary's Meadow surrounded by his loving family. "Fred" Glidden was born in Holyoke, MA, and was a lifelong resident in the city he loved. He was son of the late William and Catherine (McConville) Glidden. He graduated from Saint Jerome's High School, served 4 years overseas in the Navy during the Korean War. Upon his return, he graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and worked as a Registered Pharmacist for 57 years, retiring as the Director of Pharmacy of the Holyoke Soldiers Home. He was an avid sports fan of all the Boston franchises and enjoyed coaching and watching his children and grandchildren's games. Fred was incredibly active in public service in his community and with his church. He served as a City Councilman, a Parks & Recreation Commissioner, a Department of Public Works Commissioner, Holyoke Housing Authority and Board of Directors and Chairman of the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke. He was a communicant of St. Jerome Parish in Holyoke and also served as a Eucharistic Minister for the Diocese. He was elected by the church as a Knight of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, a 25 plus member of The American Legion Post 351 and a life time member (50+ years) and Treasurer of The Holyoke Elks Lodge 902. Fred was an active member in the Prolife movement. He served as the President of the Prolife Pioneer Valley, Inc. Fred was also a lifetime member of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, serving as its President in 1985 and received the committee's 2014 O'Connell Award. Fred was predeceased by his beloved son Charles "Chuck" Glidden, 33, and daughter Laura "Laurie" (Glidden) Kane. He was also predeceased by his parents and his five siblings; brothers Billy, Bobby, Kenny, and Neil, as well as his sister Rose. Fred is survived by his beloved wife, best friend and soul mate of 58 years, R. Heleane (Geissler) Glidden. Two loving children, David Glidden and his wife Michelle of Wilbraham, MA, and Lisa (Glidden) Wykowski and her husband Edward of South Hadley, MA. Seven cherished grandchildren, Katherine, Rosemarie, and Elizabeth Glidden, Brian and Daniel Kane, Charles and Edward Wykowski, as well as many special nieces and nephews and countless friends. Calling hours for Fred will be held Tuesday, November 29, at Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, between the hours of 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be a Funeral Mass celebrating Fred's life on Wednesday, November 30th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jerome Church, 169 Hampden Street, Holyoke. Burial will follow at Saint Jerome Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Prolife Pioneer Valley, Inc. (attention to Monica Butler, Secretary, at 419 Rodger's Avenue, West Springfield, MA) or the American Cancer Society at 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA, 01701.