Mr. Newark, Glenn Stell is remembered for his service and dedication to the community in which he lived.
He was a take charge kind of guy.
“His word was the word and you followed it willingly,” said Maurice Strobridge of Glenn Stell, who died Oct. 22. “He was a leader.”
After graduating from Newark High School in 1944, he was attending Hobart College, when World War II interrupted his education.
Glenn joined the Army Air Corps, finished his basic training and became an Air Cadet, but didn’t get overseas before the war ended. With his desire to fly unsatisfied, he was sent home and 10 years later, learned to fly.
When the war ended, Glenn gave up the opportunity to complete college and returned home to help his father and brother in the family’s insurance company.
“He took a small insurance agency and built it into the largest in Wayne County,” said Susie Earl.
He became a successful businessman and devoted himself to Newark.
Glenn was “Mr. Newark,” said Strobridge, president of all sorts of organizations, “a guy you’d like.”
Community service was a way of life for him, having been raised to be a contributor to society and to give back to the community where he made a living.
“He worked tirelessly for the community, going out of his way to help,” said Tim Johnson, Glenn’s former minister.
Glenn was on the Newark-Wayne Community Hospital board, when it merged with Rochester General Hospital, keeping the local hospital alive, and stayed involved even after he was no longer a board member or board president.
As president of the Newark Country Club, he moved the club through some rough times, avoiding its closure.
During Urban Renewal, he and two other men took charge of a large clock in the Noah’s Ark Building, which was slated for demolition. The clock was relocated to Sarah Coventry and now makes its home in the library at the Newark Middle School.
His community service was extensive, and also included membership in the Newark Lions Club, the chamber of commerce, the August Mauer Post No. 285 of the American Legion and time as exalted ruler for the Newark Elks Lodge. A life member of the Park Presbyterian Church, he served as trustee and deacon.
In 1997, the Newark Rotary Club awarded him the Paul Harris Fellow for his community service.
“All of the organizations were important to him,” said his daughter-in-law, Amy Stell. “Whatever he got involved in, he gave it 110 percent.”
When sorting through those, his passion most likely lay with his hunting club, the 1249 Club in the Adirondacks.
“He was an avid hunter,” said Earl.
He joined as a young man, when his father was president of the club and spent 30 years himself as president, still leading even in his leisure.
But, he was probably proudest of his family, said Strobridge.
“I knew him since I was 13,” said Amy. “He was like a second dad to me, always sweet, loving and generous, a wonderful father and grandfather.”
Glenn and his wife, Shirley, had two sons, Craig and Brian.
“He was an all around good guy,” said Johnson.