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Glenn Joseph McDonald

October 27th, 1933 - October 27th, 2023
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Glenn passed away peacefully on October 27, 2023 at New Vista Care Home in Burnaby at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his wife and love of 47 years,  Shirley, and his partner of 15 years, Lynne.

Glenn is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jayne and Brad, daughter Karen, grandchildren Caitlin (Coty) and Reilly (Ashley), great grandchildren Carsyn and Rowan, sister Katherine, brother Doug, and many nieces and nephews.

Glenn was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. He attended Catholic school and became very interested in and played a variety of sports. He played Senior B  Basketball well into his adult life but golf was his true passion! He even considered golf as a profession but soon realized he had another calling.

Glenn’s father Angus was a Vancouver Police Constable. He was Glenn’s biggest role model and he realized that he too wanted to join the force. In May 1956 Glenn graduated from the

Vancouver Police Training Academy. During his tenure with the VPD he rose to the ranks of Police Constable, Corporal, Detective, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. He worked with and on the Gambling Squad, Vice Squad, Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit and the Drug Squad. He retired in 1989 after 33 years of Service! Throughout his career Glenn made many good friends from not only the VPD but also the RCMP who often worked along side them on cases. Many of those friends remained close to him well into retirement.

After retirement Glenn and Shirley enjoyed many years of travel together. They also spent a lot of time at Black Mountain Ranch. Many good times were shared with family and friends and  lots of “Happy Hour” stories were shared. Many of these trips included their granddaughter Caitlin who spent a lot of her childhood with Nana and Grampa. Most of Glenn’s leisure time in retirement was spent at Golden Eagles golf course where he made numerous dear friends and was able to display his golfing prowess winning the club championship at the age of 70. 

Glenn was fortunate to have a second chance at love when he met Lynne Coleman (his sister’s long time family friend). They were able to enjoy 15 years of travel and good times before Lynne’s passing in Feb. 2023.

Glenn was known for his great sense of humour, loyalty and trustworthiness. He had a love for life and tried to instill that love to his children, grand children and great grand children. He will be sorely missed.

We would like to thank the many wonderful people at New Vista Care home who lovingly cared for Glenn over the past nine months.

A celebration of life will be held at the Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel on Saturday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Jayne at to confirm attendance.

The family requests in lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer Society or the BC Cancer Research Society would be appreciated.


Manon Pepin - Cancer Research Society
November 6th, 2023

On behalf of the Cancer Research Society, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones. My thoughts are with you. - Manon Pepin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Research Society

November 5th, 2023

Glenn was one of a kind. Always enjoyed life where ever he was. Glenn travelled with Frank and I a couple of times and many times he and Lynne travelled with me
We spent most of the last year visiting Glenn every Tuesday to talk alot about golf and some about family and friends.
He will be missed by all that had the privilege of meeting him..
HIs daughter Jayne and husband Brad were amazing with the love and time they spent with Glenn when he was in hospital. I am so proud of them both.
Hugs to all the family
from all the Beatty Family

Don Stephen and Kelly Langston
November 4th, 2023

We would like to share our condolences at Glenn's passing. The time one has with a parent is a precious time. To be able to share in decades of companionship and love is a blessing. I am sure that in the sorrow of the moment a ray of happiness at the wonderful memories accumulated over the years will bring a smile. Again, Jayne and Brad, our heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

Paul Marshall
November 4th, 2023

Jane, Brad, and family. I am sorry to hear that Glenn has passed. Hold on to the lifetime of happy times he shared with you, his family, and his friends. There is no doubt he was loved, admired, and gave his unconditional love in return.

Irene Dolan
November 3rd, 2023

It was an honour and privilege to know Glenn. He will be truly missed by his loving family and many friends.
Sending condolences to you all from my family who also had the privilege to know Glenn.

Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel
November 3rd, 2023
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Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel
November 3rd, 2023
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