Glenn Paine

Obituary of Glenn Ormand Paine

Ten minutes after the Detroit Tigers Game began on July 30th, 2020, Glenn Ormand Paine, 77, decided he was ‘outta here’. He passed away at his home, in Kerwood, Ontario surrounded by his family just as Miguel Cabrera was up to bat and hit a solo home run to tie the game. Being his favourite player, surely this was no coincidence. Glenn was born on July 4th, 1943 in Strathroy, Ontario to William John Ormand Paine and Violet Annie Pearl Dodd. Glenn grew up in Strathroy, Ontario on a dairy farm where he teased and tormented his younger sisters, and spent much time teaching himself how to hunt. He attended Strathroy District Collegiate Institute. After high school he worked on his dad’s dairy farm until he got married. He then began work for Culligan as a water softener installer where he quickly decided that no one was going to tell him what to do so he quit after only two weeks. He then focused on sheep farming because he was sick and tired of milking dairy cows. In addition to raising the sheep, he decided to teach himself to shear out behind the barn where no one could see him practicing. He also provided custom hay and straw baling with his tractor, baler, and wagon for ten cents per bale. Glenn married Lynda Kathleen Freer on Glencoe Fair Day (shockingly, with no complaints about missing the sheep show) on September 20th, 1969 in Kerwood, Ontario at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Glenn quickly realized that he needed help and he and Lynda raised four wood-piling, manure-pitching, wool-packing, grass-cutting, sheep-washing, raccoon-dragging, bottle-feeding, sheep-showing, rabbit-raising, chore kids. While they thought life was tough, they were rewarded with a strong work ethic, many life skills, an appreciation of family, and more kittens, puppies, horses, goats, guinea pigs, chickens, and rabbits than you could shake a stick at. Glenn enjoyed many things, among those were hunting, fishing, trapping, chopping wood, Dollarama, Canadian Tire, driving the gator, dropping in unexpectedly to neighbours and friends to share a drink and shoot the shit (often bearing unsolicited pets and livestock), The Detroit Tigers, The Detroit Red Wings, Don Cherry and even still Ron MacLean. He was an avid hockey and baseball player. In his heyday, Glenn was able to shear as many as 175 sheep a day (or sometimes only 25 and have to go back the next day to finish) depending on where he was and how well the drinks and conversations were flowing. He showed and judged sheep shows all over North America, including National Shows and State Fairs. Of all the classes he judged, Glenn most enjoyed the youth competitions. Glenn was predeceased by his parents, Ormand and Violet, grandson Reginald Murray Lynch, and several aunts and uncles. Glenn is survived by his loving and exceedingly patient wife Lynda who was the love of his life (a fact she gladly accepted sympathy for during their 50 years of marriage); his son Thomas (Laureen) of Sarnia, ON; his daughters Vicki (Ken Lynch) of Kemptville, ON; Lindsay (Josh Otermanns) of Strathroy, ON; Cassie-Jo (Tyler Pavey) of Alvinston, ON; sisters Louise (Richard Bolton), of Strathroy, ON; Wanda (the late Don Budden) of Strathroy, ON; Marjorie (Max Langford) of Kerwood, ON; his grandchildren Lucas and Marcus Paine; Cole and Charlotte Lynch; and also Julianna, James, and Ayleigh; his Aunt Lillian Dodd of London, ON; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Glenn would also like us to acknowledge the many special ‘adopted’ kids and grandkids he claimed over the years and across the province. He cherished the time he spent with each and every one of you. He leaves behind, wanted or not, a tote of useless hockey cards, 84,000 fair ribbons and trophies, endless Fur Fish & Game magazines, a multitude of bird houses in varying stages of completion, the location of every asparagus patch in every ditch in Metcalfe Township, enough ammunition in every coat pocket and truck door to survive a zombie apocalypse, 5 mounted deer heads, 2 tons of traps, 59 seasons of antlers, and a very ‘lucrative’ wood business. Following a minor stroke in April, unbeknownst to his entire family, he orchestrated the birth of six litters of our inheritance in the form of 38 English Spot baby bunnies. The family is willing to share. Please wait the appropriate amount of time to place your order. We will be available Monday. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held at DENNINGS OF STRATHROY, 32 Metcalfe St. W, Strathroy. While he was a hunter and trapper, Glenn was also a conservationist and animal lover. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre ( Online condolences and donations may be left at Guests must sign up for the visitation through the link below:
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