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Born: Jan 30, 1945

Date of Passing: Oct 06, 2021

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Glen Albert Pancoe (aka "Gido" or "Hawk") spilled his last cup of coffee, ate his last bite of steak and left for his last meeting in the early hours of October 6, 2021, despite not being a morning person.
Born on January 30, 1945, he grew up in Elmwood with brothers, Dale and Doug (deceased 1997); and sister Karen. He met Denise Trottier, the love of his life on a blind date (thank you Linda Ward). This straight-laced, Catholic, 'Pride of the Prairies' gal must have had a penchant for some 'yiddica yip' (see Elmwood football team's battle song) in her life because she stuck around. They married on February 7, 1970, and went on to have four children, David (Kristin), Chris (Jennie), Colette (Ryan) and Michael (Leah).
Glen worked 28 years as a police officer for the City of Winnipeg and the house was never short on City of Winnipeg stationery. Glen put on a happy face, but the trauma of police work and his upbringing took their toll. He struggled with alcoholism, which strained his family life and career. We all join Glen in thanking AA for 38 years of contented sobriety "facing life on life's terms". As Glen wrote, "Thank you to the 639 group, 1st Step group, and Tigers group. Our family would never have achieved our good lifestyle years without your support". His mantra was, "One day at a time".
Glen adored his grandchildren, Anjali, Greta, Lucie, Hazel and Henry, and took great joy in making them laugh through his signature 'throaty' tickle and amateur magic tricks. He was a 'people person' and loved making everyone laugh at his post-retirement jobs at Natural Habitat and at Seine River Retirement Home.

Hawk, you left us much too soon,
and we will miss you.

The family is grateful to the staff of the palliative ward in St. Boniface Hospital for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to CancerCare Foundation.
Virtual service will be held on Friday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. Link will be live only after 1:30 p.m., glen-albert-pancoe.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I first met Glen when he was the Commanding Officer of 573 Air Cadet Squadron. At the time I was a youth and I have very positive memories of him from way back then. We all knew that the was a Winnipeg Police Officer and wondered how he juggled his work shifts to spend so much time contributing to the organization. A number of years later I also became a member of the Winnipeg Police Department and believe that the example that he set helped me pick my future career. So sorry to hear of his passing, condolences to his family. - Posted by: Ron Hodgins (co-worker) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • Always good memories of Glen from the rooms.. many talks on a Saturday afternoon in the old days with Dorothy and others … great laughs and insights. Also Loved meeting Denise at Anniversaries and other open service events. They were an “in love” Couple. Glen was the “basmati rice guy “and I would see him at Safeway making his calls All around good guy …rest in peace and thank you for your example. Jo-Anne/Bob - Posted by: JoAnne Lowenberger (Fellowship friend) on: Oct 15, 2021

  • First met Glenn when we were in Police class in 1966. Always happy with a smile on his face. RIP my friend - Posted by: Blake Dunn (co worker) on: Oct 15, 2021

  • Havn't seen Glen for many years. We hung out in Elmwood as teenagers. The last time I saw Glen was at the Elmwood High School Reunion. He was a special person; his sense of humour was unique. Condolenses to Denise and family. - Posted by: Verna Blais (Old friend) on: Oct 14, 2021

  • I am so very sad to see that Glen has passed away! I knew him for many years as a fellow member of First Step. I loved his laugh, sense of humour and his quiet calmness which so impressed me in my early years in recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with the family - Glen shone light and love into this sometimes bleak world and he will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Judith McFarland (Friend ) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • Work the early years of our careers with WPS in the Northend. Great personality with a vital sense of humour. R.I.P. - Posted by: BillNicholson (Former work associate of Glen's) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • One of the absolutely nicest guys around. An awesome jokester and storyteller / schmoozer. He kept everyone at work in stitches. - Posted by: Glen Spryszak (Co-worker) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • Glen was a very humble and loving man . I was able to go to retreats and meet him there and learned thru him. So sorry Denise. Big Hugs to you and the kids. - Posted by: valerie lillie ( I was there when Glen came to his first meeting .) on: Oct 13, 2021

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