Glenn Olaf Cary, 89, a lifelong resident of Lee County, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Ft. Myers, Florida, from a brief illness.
He was born August 30, 1928, to Ellis and Gladys (Duke) Cary at his family’s home on Pine Street in Fort Myers. He was a third generation Lee County native. (His grandfather, J. C. Duke, came from Kentucky in the early 1900’s with a portable sawmill and began work in the timber industry.)
Glenn graduated from Fort Myers High School, in 1947. He was quite the athlete in school earning 16 varsity letters (football, basketball, track and field, swimming, and baseball) in his four years at Fort Myers, the most of any county athlete. He played consecutively in 40 football games, 60 basketball games, 25 track meets, and 25 baseball contests in four years. In 1950 the News-Press named him Lee County’s Best High School Athlete of all time. In 1994, he was voted into the inaugural Fort Myers High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2014, into the Lee County Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation Glenn accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida to play football. After his freshman year he transferred to the University of Tampa, to play football. Then he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Jackson, where he played football for the 3rd Army Base team.
He married his high school sweetheart Linnie McClure in 1949. They enjoyed 66 wonderful years of marriage.
When they returned to Fort Myers, Glenn soon started work at The First National Bank in 1956, where he worked as a trust officer. He served for over 40 years in trust departments and was called out of retirement three times, working at The Lee County Bank, SunTrust and as a trust consultant.
He always had a weekend past-time, working on his family’s active cattle ranch that was started by his grandfather and mother in North Olga. Glenn and Linnie built their home on this ranch in 1978, moving there from town.
He was known for his wit and for always having a joke to tell any friend or stranger. People knew him as a local historian who loved spinning off historical facts and family lineage information in every conversation he had. He gave many a talk to civic groups on local history and on the Seminole Indians.
He loved and was proud of the impact he had on families through both his work as a trust officer, working on many estates and trusts, and his life-long involvement in youth sports. He was a director and coach for many years for the Fort Myers Rebels Pop Warner Football league, and a coach on their team when they won the 1975 National Championship. Many people he touched thought of him as a father-figure. He and Linnie were generous, caring for family members and participating in the initial fund-raising for the Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Glenn was involved in many community activities. He was the “Voice of the Green Wave” for 41 years, announcing all Fort Myers High School home football games. He was a member and past president of The Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers, a 65 year member of Tropical Lodge #56, F. A. & M., and a life-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Myers and involved in various ministries.
Glenn and Linnie enjoyed many years of traveling the U.S. and Canada in their beloved motorhome “Rose.” They especially loved sightseeing and caravanning with many friends.
He is survived by his son, G. Keith Cary (Robbi) of Alva, Fl., five grandchildren, G. Travis Cary (Michele) of Ft. Myers, Fl., Clark Cary of Ft. Myers, Stuart Cary (Liz) of Charlotte, NC, Callie Cary (Brent Shirley) of Alva and Cole Cary of Alva and one great-grandson, Kasen. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and half-brother, Paul Ley of Newberry, FL.
Glenn was preceded in death by his son Jay C. Cary (2008), his loving wife, Linnie Cary (2012) and his sister, Cleo Miller (2010).
A memorial service will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church, 13 SE 21st Pl, Cape Coral, FL 33990, with a reception to follow. (There will be a private family interment.)
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Carolinas Chapter-Charlotte), 4600 Park Road, Suite 100 Charlotte, NC 28209 in loving memory of Glenn O. Cary.