My father, Jeffrey Robert Glaser Sr., 56, passed away on March 26, 2015, having tragically ended his own life.
Jeffrey was born on Sep. 3, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1959, he and his family moved to Tuc-son, Arizona, where he resided for the majority of his life. Jeffrey served in the Air National Guard and Air Force for 29 years, working as a mechanic on F-16 fighter jets and attaining the rank of technical sergeant. He retired from the Air National Guard in 2005. Jeffrey was a proud Veteran with a superior understanding of and passion for aircrafts and aircraft mechanics.
During his time at the Air National Guard, Jeffrey pursued a bachelor’s degree in special educa-tion, and he taught children at a middle school in South Carolina from 2005 to 2006. He then moved to Long Island, New York, where he assisted developmentally disabled adults for nine years as the manager of several group homes at a nonprofit organization.
It is not nearly enough to say that my father loved his children. His children were his world. For 39 years, he sought to be a part of their lives to the very best of his ability, which often included maintaining relationships across insurmountable distances. He devoted his short life to five indi-viduals who each meant more to him than any material possession, because his home was not a home without his children. My father said that he would someday own an RV, that he would travel from coast to coast, and that he would have the ability to see each of his children and grandchildren live and grow. May he now no longer need any particular vehicle to travel such distances. May he now reach all of us.
Jeffrey is preceded in death by his father, John Glaser, his youngest brother, Jay Glaser, and his grandparents, Muriel Vosberg, Edward Vosberg, Mary Ellen Glaser, and Benjamin Glaser. He is survived by his children, Dominic Glaser, Jeffrey Glaser Jr., Amber Padilla-Peters, Antho-ny Glaser, and Rebecca Glaser, his mother, Kathleen Glaser, his grandchildren, James Glaser, Jeffrey Glaser III, Kaitlyn Glaser, and Ty Peters, and his siblings, John Glaser Jr., Jim Glaser, Jeanie Schwemmer, and Jerry Glaser, and his dearest friend, Stella Korotchen.