In Memoriam

This feels inadequate right now, but I suppose anything would. Ken passed away this morning with Doris by his side. My sister and I arrived in Houston on Wednesday and were able to tell Granddad we love him. I’m so thankful I could have a last moment with him and I’m even more thankful that Granddad was able to let go. He was clearly in pain – he is at peace now. Please keep my Grandma in your thoughts and prayers as this will be a difficult time for her. Below is an obituary Granddad wrote for himself several years ago. It doesn’t do his wonderful life justice, but all of the memories in this blog come close. If you haven’t read them all, I urge you to do so.

IMG_8796Kenneth Wadd Glover died on November 30, 2018 aged 91 years. Ken is survived by his loving wife, Doris Louise, two sons, Nigel Kenneth and Nicholas Clive, a daughter, Melanie Louise, four granddaughters, Sara Glover, Rosalie Hawkins, Christine Grindle, and Megan Fair, a great-grandson, Colin Grindle, and a great-granddaughter, Hailey Hawkins.

Ken was born to Albert Reginald and Jessica Wadd Glover in Ailsworth, a village near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, U.K. He was a student at London University’s Imperial College from 1944 to 1954. His studies were interrupted from 1946 to 1948 when he was drafted into the British Army at the end of WWII. He served as a lieutenant in Gibraltar. On returning to college, Ken got a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He was also an Associate of the City and Guilds (London) Institute, A.C.G.J. and was awarded a Diploma of the Imperial College, D.I.C.

Francia.03a.The Wedding.London.July.1951He met Doris at a Victory-in-Europe Day dance in London and they were married in 1951. Ken and Doris emigrated to Canada with their 12 week old son, Nigel in August, 1954 where Ken worked for L’Air Liquide in cryogenic plant design. Their second son, Nick was born in Montreal and after being transferred to the New York office in 1958, daughter, Melanie was born in Norwalk Connecticut. The family moved to Atlanta in 1965 and to Jacksonville, Florida in 1972. Ken and Doris became U.S. citizens in 1977 with daughter Melanie acting as one of the U.S. citizen sponsors.

A company change and move in 1979 brought them to Houston where Ken worked for Production Operators Inc., retiring as President in January 1992.

Throughout his adult life, Ken was always an avid golfer and enjoyed 30 years as a member of The Champions Golf Club where he was a member of both the Thieves and the Romeos. He was also a member of the U.S. Boomerang Society.

Granddad requested that I keep the blog going, so I’m going to do my best. I have a few more guest memories to share, but I would still love to hear from more of you. If you knew my Granddad, send your memories of him to me at to share here on the blog. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

With Love, Christine

8 thoughts on “In Memoriam

  1. What a wonderfully diverse life. Life has no boundaries, this family shows that. I am sure after 91 years on this earth, there would be a library as big as the Astrodome to hold Ken and Doris’ travels and stories. I hope he and my dad don’t have a contest in heaven to share stories. Peace beyond this earth, Ken. Well done, good and faithful servant. You have left a legacy with children, grandchildren and Greats.


    • Thank you, Mrs. Gracey. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I’m sure he and Ken will have plenty to talk about. May they both rest in peace.


  2. Thank you Christine. You and Megan and your Mom, Melanie have been like angels. When I last saw Dad I told him I loved him and would always be proud of him. When Nigel called me with the news I went for a walk and stopped at a wooded area and said a prayer for Dad and Mom. A colored bird flew to a higher perch and watched me and then flew away. Mom and Dad will always be an example of true love, married for some 67 years. I love you all and will see everyone at the service after Xmas. Please tell Mom, your grandma, that I love her and am thinking of her. With Love, Nick.


  3. I began working at POI in 1987 in the Sales department. I was in close proximity to the Executive area and was sometimes called to do some typing for him. I must say I was intimidated at first. Later, at annual Sales meetings or other company functions, I saw a different side of him. Inevitably he would do his spoon on the forehead trick, and if it was during an equinox, he would balance an egg.

    My condolences to the family.


    • Thank you so much sharing this, Pat. It’s so nice to hear from someone who knew him in a different capacity. I’m glad you got to see his fun and silly side. His family was lucky to know that side of him very well.


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