By Scott MacLeod, Associate Publisher
The news was so shocking I had to read it again to even believe it was real. It was a sad truth.
Grace Glofcheskie, a bright spirit who had traipsed the fairways of the Ottawa Valley with so much love for golf, was gone. Killed in a senseless and tragic incident on an early Sunday morning.
Grad student, proud Guelph Gryphon, Golf Team Captain, MVP…all with a positive attitude and dedication you could do nothing but admire.
At 24 and with a bright future ahead of her, there are not enough words to describe what her loss will mean to her friends and family, and the world she was set to keep changing in a positive way.
We mourn the death of Grace Glofcheskie. Not just the name included in our pages through her junior golf days in the Ottawa Valley and her outstanding university career at Guelph, but the person she became beyond the fairways. She epitomized the value of our sport in a young life and how a person can prosper and grow from it.
Seemingly always with a smile and a laugh, she was a huge supporter of golf in our country and was never shy to show that support on our social media channels. The conversations may have been brief, but they always had meaning. A quick comment on how fellow Gryphon Chris Hemmerich was playing; a joke by Grace about her fellow Ottawa Valley junior golfers – “we stopped winning anything when Brooke (Henderson) showed on the scene”, or a heartfelt remark telling us how much she enjoyed playing in events we happened to sponsor when she was a junior. She gave a hearty “lol” when we joked back about how many times we almost (or might have) made a typo in her name over the years.
Her comments were playful but alway sincere. They did not go unnoticed.
At the same time our attention was drawn by what Grace was accomplishing academically and as a proud member of the Guelph Gryphon golf family.
She was impressive, to say the least.
To know that she will not be here to further those accomplishments is beyond tragedy.
She will always be a role model for many.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends.
We place her obituary here to honour her as many gather to pay their respects in her home town of Arnprior.
Our staff will be among the many who will never forget the impact of Grace Olivia Glofcheskie
As her untimely obituary suggests, we’ll be sure to “Say “thank you”, “I love you”, and “great job” to someone each day.”
Obituary of Grace Glofcheskie
BSc (Hon); MSc (HHNS), University of Guelph
“Forever a Gryphon”
Tragically in Guelph, Ontario on Sunday morning, December 13th, 2015, while returning home after an innocent evening with friends.
Grace Olivia Jean Glofcheskie of Arnprior was called home to God – taken from us needlessly and far too soon in a reckless hit and run.
Grace is mourned by her parents: Gerard and Nancy (nee Brown) Glofcheskie of Arnprior, as well as her siblings: Adam (Jennifer Melville) of Ottawa; Luke of Toronto; and Rachel, a student at Trent in Peterborough. Grace was a very special niece to: Bob Brown; the late Jim Brown (Eileen); Ann Chateauvert (Greg); Cathi Muldoon (Pat); Bruce Brown; the late Donald Brown (Brenda); John Glofcheskie; Ron Glofcheskie; Peter Glofcheskie (Bev); Mary Blank (Clifford); Michael Glofcheskie (Glenn Greene); and Eddie Glofcheskie (Cheryl). Predeceased by her grandparents, Bronas and Zita Glofcheskie of Barry’s Bay and George and Jean Brown of Arnprior. Lovingly remembered by her many cousins, countless friends, and the community of the University of Guelph.
The Glofcheskie family invites relatives and friends to join them during the visitation at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Friday, December 18th from 2:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and again on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:15 am. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church, Arnprior on Saturday, December 19th at 12 noon. Interment Albert Street Cemetery, Arnprior.
In memory of Grace, please consider a donation to the “Grace Olivia Glofcheskie Memorial Fund” at the University of Guelph: alumni.uoguelph.ca/grace. Condolences and donations may be left at www.pilonfamily.ca
Say “thank you”, “I love you”, and “great job” to someone each day.