Jesse Benjamin Glick Jr. passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at his home on April 29, 2018. He was born in Takoma Park, Maryland on January 23, 1942 to the late Jesse and Martha (Heckman) Glick.
Jesse grew up in Belleville, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1964. He earned an MS in Education from Marywood University in 1983. Jesse spent his life working and advocating for Peace and Justice issues often with non-profit organizations and was an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church. He advocated for juvenile justice and support of troubled youth in Florida; served as a youth minister in suburban Philadelphia with the Mennonite Church; supported relief activities and efforts of the Mennonite Board of Missions, headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana; and was the tri-state regional director of Church World Service, which brought him and Eloise to Middletown, Connecticut. In his role at CWS, Jesse traveled throughout Connecticut, downstate New York, and Rhode Island raising awareness of and support for the CWS’s hunger and disaster relief aid locally and around the world, in part by organizing hundreds of CROP Walks throughout the region. In his retirement, he continued to support church and community work. He served as sabbatical pastor at First Congregational Church of Portland, where he and Eloise are members, and at the UCC Church in Chester.
He was a lifelong Steelers, Yankees and Penn State fan, and spent every moment he could on the beach, whether in Florida, New Jersey, or the Connecticut shore.
Jesse is survived by his wife Eloise (Buckwalter), his son Bradford and his wife Susanne, his daughter Shelly King and her husband Matthew, his granddaughter Allison, and his brother John Glick and his wife Dawn.
Along with his parents, Jesse was predeceased by his granddaughter Acacia King.
A celebration of Jesse’s life will be held on May 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Portland, 554 Main Street, Portland, CT, with a visiting hour reception following the service. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mennonite Central Committee at https://mcc.org/, or First Congregational Church of Portland. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.