Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Death of LANA Director, John Gliege

John G. Gliege, Esq.
Founding Member of the Lipizzan Association of North America
Founding Member of the Lipizzan Pedigree Trust
August 3, 1948 – February 21, 2010

After a short battle with pancreatic cancer, John G. Gliege, 61, passed away with his family by his side at his home near Flagstaff, Arizona.  

John was a loved and trusted leader in the Lipizzan community, sharing with all of us his deep historical and cultural knowledge of the Lipizzan and of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  He appreciated the Lipizzans and the traditions surrounding their breeding, training and performance.
He worked tirelessly in the pedigree and registry organizations that help preserve the purebred Lipizzan, serving on the Boards of Directors and providing wise counsel.            
The world is a little less sparkling today, without the joyfulness of John's presence.  We miss him.  
A memorial service will be held at St. Pius Church (San Francisco Di Asis Parish) in Flagstaff, AZ on Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in John’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org) or in support of the family to “RLR” at Chase Bank (account #: 122100024-643458011).  
On a personal note, I have copied below my letter to John's children.  John was a good friend with wonderful personal qualities and quirks:   
"Dear Gerhardt, Stephanie, and Kristine, 

"How sad that your Father did not live into his 90s as your grandfather did, living longer so he could spend more time with each of you, and enjoy seeing you all find continuing personal and professional satisfaction as your lives unfolded. He was so delighted that you each became strong and independent people, happy in your pursuits, and happy in your chosen lives.  

"He called me as he was leaving the hospital after stopping all treatment, so happy to be going home, and enjoying the spectacle to come of the paramedics carrying him, like an ancient potentate, up the stairs at his home to his room. It is nice that he was able to depart with you all there, on his terms.  

"I will miss his almost daily late night calls while he was driving home from Phoenix. He was always so happy I was still awake at midnight or 2:30 Eastern time, never thinking that I was awake only because the phone was ringing. He was so filled with enthusiasm after an evening of ballroom dancing lessons, planning what exuberant clothing he would wear in the next competition, and enjoying the companionship of his dancing friends. He was especially delighted by his bright red formal suit and the effect its appearance had on his admirers. Talking about his evening's dancing seemed to prolong his terpsichorean enjoyment throughout his drive home; I was only a cooperative listener.
"The world is a little less sparkling today, without the joyfulness of your father. I am glad I was able to know him. My heart goes out to you----you had a great Dad.  

Delphi "

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