Glazier, Teddy

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TeddyfrontSeptember 3, 1919- December 28, 2012
I am pleased to see so many friends and family members present here today to celebrate a life well lived by our dad.  For those of you who may not know me, my name is Aaron and this is my sister Laurel; we are Teddy’s youngest children.
Teddy Glazier was born in Coronation, Alberta on September 3, 1919 to Will and Theresa Glazier.  He was originally named William Henry Glazier but when he was a baby his mother took him to England to meet his grandfather, George Rolls.  It was in England where he was christened William Henry Edward Rolls Glazier.  This was in recognition of his grandfather’s friend King Edward 7th and dad was then known forevermore as “Teddy”.
Teddy grew up on the family farm two miles north of Coronation.  As young children he and his brother Johnny planted all the trees and used a team of horses and the Fresno Scrapper to build the dam behind the house.  My father attributed this dam with getting the family through the drought of the great depression.  It was on this farm that he eventually returned to raise his own family after marrying Sharon Annis in 1952.
Our father was an extremely capable person from the very onset of his life.  As a child of seven years of age he and his 19 year old sister trailed horses from Alliance to Veteran for our great uncle, George Rolls.
Dad spent a great deal of time with his uncle George.  During the depression Teddy would go and stay with Uncle George in the “Magic Lantern”.  This was a cabin that George had built out of green poplar planks filled with knots.  When the knots dried they fell out and you could see light from all the holes in the wall.  Dad said it was cold but in time of scarcity Uncle George always had plenty to eat and lots of fuel for the fire.
Dad’s passion was farming and ranching.  I know that he always enjoyed every minute he spent on the farm caring for his animals, planting and harvesting his crops.  My father preferred the pioneering methods of farming, using horses and thrashing machines.  He did own and use tractors but he used horses well into the 60’s.  Many of my siblings spent hours with my dad and the team of horses.  My father always held a deep respect for the land and the water and endeavored to do all he could to keep it pristine and protected.
Our dad was not a fan of iron or machines in general but he was no stranger to cars and driving fast.  Father went through more cars in a shorter period of time than any other family member.  This was partly because dad liked to go fast. His theory was speed kept his narcolepsy at bay. Dad, like our brother Urban, liked old cars. Dad took a particular liking to an old car; a 1947 Chevrolet that he originally bought for his mother.  Dad gave this car to Urban to add to his collection of antique cars.  Sorry about wrecking the signal light when I was a young boy but sometimes you need to take things apart to see what is inside.
My father continued to work, and I do mean work, on the family farm with my brother late into his 80’s.  He drove grain truck and Zane’s larger tractors.  There was a time when dad was about 85 or 86 he got Zane’s tractor stuck by the spill way doing some modifications on the dam he built in the 30’s.  He enlisted the aid of Kelly Shaw to get it unstuck.  I am not sure that Zane ever got wind of that incident.
Dad’s greatest joy came from his family.  He had seven children, Elizabeth, Urban, Heather, Zane, Holly, Laurel and Aaron.  He enjoyed farm life, working hard to provide for the family.  Father was always happy to see and spend as much time as possible with not only his children, but was positively delighted when his grandchildren and great grandchildren would come for a visit.  He loved when the family got together for special events.  His birthday or anniversaries generally brought his family and close friends and neighbours together for a visit and a party.
History was among Teddy’s biggest interest, specifically that of the British Empire, WW I and WW II.  This is an interest that he passed on to his numerous children.  I believe both Liz and Laurel have degrees in the subject.  Father spent hours reading any and all books he could find on these subjects and enjoyed any opportunity to discuss his thoughts on these subjects.   Winston Churchill, “The Bulldog” was one of our father’s favourite historical figures.
Our father was well travelled through the US and Western Canada. Some of his most memorable trips he and mother had were sleeping in the car to see the Rose Bowl Parade, touring the Hearst Castle and of course Disneyland.  Teddy is also the oldest Canadian to ever ride the mules to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Father’s last vacation was with my sisters, Liz and Heather, travelling down to the US where he was able to see many of the historical places that he often read about.  This is fitting in many ways because one of Liz’s fondest memories of our father was a trip to the Calgary Stampede and then to Banff when Liz was 10 years old and Heather was two.
His other passion was the love of a good horse.   Father’s first horse was a Percheron thoroughbred cross given to him by his mother when he was about six.  He called this horse Gubbledubs.  Not sure how he came up with this but he had quite a way with coming up with interesting names not only for his animals but also pet names for his children. He rode this horse everywhere as a young boy.  Dad’s passion for horses was passed on to his children, who have continued with his legacy as they have raised their families.  Horse talk figures prominently in lots of family gatherings in addition to the collecting of horses among the family.  Dad liked nothing better than a good horse.  He always wanted to know if we were looking after his favourites properly.  He adopted many of our horses as his own. He spent many hours in the past two years at my sister, Holly’s place looking out the front room window admiring her herd of fine horses and always reminding her that Wiley was one good looking horse and how much he liked him.  Both Zane and Dad shared a love of Casey.  This is Zane’s cow horse.  Dad would always inquire about how Casey was doing when Zane would visit with Dad.  For Aaron, his favourite memory is the trip they took to pick up big Legend.  As for my horses, Dee and Cid were his number one concern.  I was quizzed frequently about their welfare.
Teddy had many adventures as a young boy and later as he travelled the rodeo circuit, even some as he advanced in age too.  Dad rode his first bareback horse at the age of 12.  His active rodeo career spanned a period of 20 years, 1935 – 1955 and he competed in Saddle Bronc, bull riding, bareback riding and wild horse racing.  The first rodeo he ever attended was the 1935 Ponoka Stampede where he won the bareback riding. Dad first attended the Calgary Stampede in 1936 at the age of 15 where he entered the Boys Steer Riding.  The following year he returned entering four events, saddle bronc, bareback bronc riding, steer riding and the wild horse race. Dad competed at the Calgary Stampede for 20 years and attended the stampede for a consecutive 77 years.  He was honoured for his accomplishments by the Calgary Stampede at the 2012 Centennial Stampede. Our father was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2011 as a Legend of Rodeo.  Father met and forged many lifelong relationships and incredible stories during this period.
Everyone in his life has heard at least one of his memorable stories.  He was still telling stories days before his passing.  These stories always brought a smile to the face of his listeners and amazement to those hearing them for the first time.  His own smile could lighten one’s heart and brighten up the day.
We looked up to our father from an early age.  He was a compassionate gentle man with the knack for telling a good story.  He was our role model for how to live a solid productive life showing kindness to both people and animals.  I never saw an animal that did not like my dad.  As children we spent much of our time trailing behind him as he went about the business of farming.  Although at times it could not have been easy for him to have an extra shadow; we never knew it.  He just took us along and off to work we would go.  At bedtime he would often lay down with the youngest child until they went to sleep, although I am sure he was asleep first.
Dad had a very positive attitude.  And was often heard counseling others to “Not get in a tizzy, things would be all right.”  He was a happy man who enjoyed life fully, to the ripe old age of 93.  During his lifetime he made many good friends.  He valued these friendships greatly, always available with a helping hand.  He enjoyed a nip of good whiskey; in particular Crown Royal when he sat down to visit with friends both young and old.
Today we say our formal good bye to Dad.  He has joined “His Gift from God,” Sharon, his wife of 52 years.  Dad’s legacy lives on through his family and friends.  We will continue to treasure the values and wisdom he shared with us during his time here.  We will never forget our dad, and he will be forever in our hearts as we continue our journeys through life.
God bless you dad.  Happy trails to you and mom.
The funeral service for Teddy was held at the Coronation Community Centre, Coronation, AB on January 5, 2013 at 1 P.M. with Pastor Terry Belcourt officiating.  Barbie and Margaret Evans played for the congregational hymn. Laurel Harrison and Aaron Glazier shared the eulogy and Kelsey Glazier Thies and Fred Paasche shared their memories. A video tribute presentation was played during the service. Elizabeth Glazier and Elvis Glazier sang a few musical selections. The active pallbearers were Teddys’ grandsons, Urban John Bahan, Duane Bahan, Kevin Glazier, Tyson Glazier, Gregory Glazier, Cary Glazier and Elvis Glazier. Honourary pallbearers were granddaughters, Yvette Nakamoto, Robin Stephens, Kelsey Glazier Thies, Alexandra Glazier, Lauren Harrison, Carlee Harrison, Kyra Glazier-Morris, Sabrina Glazier, Tia Glazier, and long time friends, Fred Paasche, Alex Laye, Willie Miller, Bob Robinson and George Myren. The interment took place at the Coronation Cemetery.
Lunch was prepared and served by the Evangelical Free Church Ladies. Memorial contributions can be made to Canadian Historical Rodeo Association, Box 53231 CRO Marlborough, Calgary, AB, T2A 7L9 or to The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail, Calgary, AB, T3B 6A8.  You may send your condolences by email to Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. 1-888-578-2928.  “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch”

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