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|Glenn D. Kirwin
Date of Birth: November 3, 1960
Position: Senior Vice President, Head of Product Development
Today is June 16, 2002; Father’s Day. Miles, Troy and I thought it was a fitting time to write a tribute to you. The truth is, it is so hard for me to believe that it has been over nine months, 279 days to be exact, since we last saw you. I still feel as though you are away on a trip and could walk in the door any moment and suddenly our lives would get back to normal. But, then again, I know that won’t happen.
Not a minute goes by without my thoughts turning to you. I miss your quick smile and infectious laughter. I miss the calming influence you had on our family and your easygoing manner. I miss your confidence, wisdom, integrity and most especially your opinions. I wonder everyday what you would say or think about what is going on in the world right now and how we are handling things.
I took the boys down to Charlottesville last weekend for your 20th reunion at the University of Virginia. There was a party in your honor to benefit the Glenn D. Kirwin September 11th Scholarship Fund. The turnout was tremendous, lots of Sigma Chis and Kappa Deltas from both of our classes as well as many other friends. Your parents went with us, as it was also your dad’s 50th reunion this year. Miles and Troy enjoyed seeing where we went to school but they thought everything there was a little “too old”.
Your high school buddies from Old Westbury have also been helping out with the fund. They named your annual Spring golfing weekend in Florida the “Kir-Cup” and donated all the proceeds to the scholarship. There is even a photo of you posted at Wheatley; unfortunately it is your senior picture from 1978 with an afro haircut and plaid suit.
The boys have grown so much. I remember when they were babies and you used to come home from work and tell me how much you thought they had grown that day. It seems like such a short time ago and now Miles will be going to the middle school next year. He is playing lots of basketball and is getting very good. He continues to run but not as often as he ran with you. Yesterday, Jim took him golfing at the Torrington Country Club in Connecticut where you two spent so many summer afternoons.
Troy has inherited your love of baseball and your dad has been helping out with his second grade little league team. Troy has also inherited your entrepreneurial tendencies and is always looking for a quick way to make a buck. You would be so proud of them both.
We are planning to return to Snowbird this winter, as I know you would have wanted. I guess Miles will have to follow me now, to pick up the pieces after I fall. I can only hope that one day they will swish down “the Cirque” as effortlessly as you did.
We love and miss you so much. You will always be in our hearts and souls and forever in our dreams. Your spirit lives on in all of us. Happy Father’s Day!
Joan, Miles and Troy