George William Glick, 72, Catholic pastor in Hancock

May 19, 2000|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

The Rev. George William Glick, pastor of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Hancock, died Monday of cancer at Washington County Health System in Hagerstown. He was 72.

Pastor of St. Peter's for nearly 20 years, he had earlier served at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Hillendale and St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

Father Glick was recalled as a jovial priest who tiptoed around church rules and bureaucracies and was shrewd with his parish's investments. He also was remembered as a man who often spoke his mind and was always ready to listen to people's troubles.

"He was the kind of person who always had a joke ready and gave you the impression he had been saving it for you personally," said the Rev. Allan Weatherholt, rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, which sits on a hilltop adjoining St. Peter's. "He was known all over Allegany and Washington counties, as well as in southern Pennsylvania and West Virginia."

"He could talk a long time," said Monsignor Robert S. Passarelli, a colleague who will eulogize Father Glick. "In his will, he left explicit instructions [that the eulogy] could not be more than five minutes long. He said, `If they couldn't say anything about me in five minutes, they didn't know me.' "

Monsignor Passarelli recalled that Father Glick "didn't always follow procedures." On one occasion, he said, Father Glick had a meeting center built without getting permission from the diocese. Later, the bishop made a parish visit and was surprised to see the completed building.

During the 20 years he served St. Peter's, Father Glick did not take vacations. Except for trips to the hospital, he did not spend a night away from the rectory.

Born in Cumberland, he was raised in Hagerstown, where he graduated from St. Mary's parochial school. He studied for three months at St. Charles College Seminary in Catonsville and then joined the Army at the end of Wold War II, serving at Fort Hancock in New Jersey.

In 1951, he received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.

At age 30, after working as a budget analyst at Fairchild Aircraft Co. in Hagerstown, he entered Mount St. Mary's Seminary. He was ordained by Archbishop Lawrence J. Shehan in 1963.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 226 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

He is survived by a brother, Francis J. Glick of Lancaster, Pa.; and two sisters, Sister Margaret Mary Glick, S.S.N.D., of Hagerstown, and Helen Jane Wobbeking of Arbutus.

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