Michael B. Glynn

July 5, 1941 ~ November 14, 2019 (age 78)


Michael (Mike) B. Glynn, age 78, of Rowley MA , died on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Lincoln MA. He was born to Joseph and Hilda (Bolster) Glynn on July 5, 1941 in Reading MA.  Michael attended Huntington Prep School, where his track team won the Penn State Relays in 1960. He went on to Northeastern University, where he continued to pursue his passion for running and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965. After graduating Northeastern, Michael started his long teaching career in Melrose MA at the Roosevelt Junior High School, where he also created a Drama Club for the students. He went on to teach English and Drama at Melrose High School until his retirement, where he shared his many skills in coaching the drama club, as well as cross country and track.

Michael had a unique ability to reach those students most needing guidance. His rebel and free thinking spirit ran through his many loves:  running (the Boston Marathon 3 times, one in sub 3 hours);  hunting (with his brother and good friends);  the ocean ( in a tuna fishing experience he landed a 688 pound tuna, with his wife Diane landing a 514 lb.);  cars (he loved working on his Jaguars and Rovers and had incredible aptitude as a mechanic, body work and painting as well);  animals (a natural dog whisperer and lover, he learned and worked closely with a veterinarian);  nature, the environment and hiking many of NH’s 4000 footers (even in the winter);  language, communication and books (Moby Dick and Walden among his favorites);  music and concerts;  and Boston sports teams.

A man of peace and wisdom, his kindness, intelligence, and compassionate nature touched so many in his life. Whether a student losing direction, an athlete needing motivation, or a downcast spirit needing support, Michael tapped into the place in each that changed the direction of their lives.

Michael is survived by his wife, Penelope, of Rowley MA, his brother William (Bill) of Wellington, Maine, many nieces and nephews, and many friends, including his former wife, Diane Ingalls. He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Janice McMelville and Julia Fairbanks, his brother Alan, and his partner Ruthann Arbeit.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Notice will be put on social media and circulated widely. Donations may be made to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134 or online at Donations may also be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or online at

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