Our Sympathies: Glenn Powell

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Glenn Powell, BSA 1962, on September 29, 2020. 

His obituary has been copied and pasted below. Farm Radio International has also posted a remembrance article here

Glenn Powell died on Tuesday, Sept. 29 following unsuccessful open heart surgery at a Mississauga hospital. He would have turned 80 on October 17, coincidentally also the 56th anniversary of his wedding to Stephanie.

He was born in London and grew up on a farm in Paris, Ontario with his three brothers and one sister. Glenn was a graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph where he also played hockey. 

He began his journalism career with the CBC as a farm commentator in 1963. His work as a national reporter for CBC Radio News included covering Parliament, federal elections, political conventions, agriculture, food and the environment. He reported from all ten Canadian provinces, as well as many parts of the U.S., Mexico and Western Europe. Glenn was the last veteran of the separate team of agriculture reporters on CBC Radio, a subject he kept covering in print during retirement.

For the past several years he had been a regular freelance contributor to Ontario Farmer. He was a past President of both the Eastern Canada Farm Writers’ Association and the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. From 2009 to 2018 Glenn served as a board member for Farm Radio International, a Canadian charity founded by long-time friend (and former CBC farm broadcaster) George Atkins. Glenn kept Farm Radio true to its mission of serving small-scale farmers with excellent farm radio programmes and was always a willing — and very capable — coach and advisor to African broadcasters. After retiring from the Board, he worked hard to support Farm Radio’s fundraising efforts.

Glenn was one of the pillars of the Golden Horseshoe Chapter of The CBC Pensioners National Association. He was the first Vice-President when the chapter was created by the late Dave Martin in 2006. He served in that role until December 2016. The other members of the founding Executive were Ron Freeman, Nadia Olynyk, Gerry Flaherty and Doug Lower. 

Glenn was also instrumental in forming the “Ole Farts,” a motley crew of ex-CBCers, mostly from radio but also a few from TV, who gathered to swap stories and lunch together.

A lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Glenn also enjoyed curling, golf and fishing. Not surprisingly, he was a skilled gardener, renowned for his tomatoes.

Glenn is survived by his wife Stephanie, daughter Jacki (Ed), son Jeff (Jude), granddaughter Isla and grandson Rafi.

Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic the family has opened a memorial online at https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/2aMUKOqK where it would welcome messages. If you wish, the family suggests you also consider making a donation to Farm Radio International in Glenn’s name by going to http://bit.ly/GlennPowellFarmRadio.

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