In Memoriam

Bernard William Glade, Jr.
3 April 1945 - 16 October 2018

Bernard William “Buzz” Glade, Jr. died from pancreatic cancer on Oct. 16, 2018. Buzz was born in Galveston, Texas, on April 3, 1945, and graduated from Lufkin High School. He received an appointment to the U. S. Air Force Academy where he was a member of the 10th and 21st Squadrons. Buzz graduated in 1968 and married his high school sweetheart, Susan Clarke, in 1969. He served during the Vietnam War as a C-130 pilot and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals. Buzz dedicated the majority of his professional career to founding and operating Phoenix Commercial Corporation, a construction company based in Orange Park, Fla. Buzz had many interests. He was an active alumnus of USAFA and the Blackjack Squadron; an avid cyclist -- riding the Cross Florida, RAGBRAI (across Iowa), and Seattle to Portland; and an outdoorsman -- hiking, hunting and archery. In later years, he drove an RV around the country. He was a skilled craftsman and pilot, building three airplanes. One of the airplanes, a Falco F.8L, took almost eight years to complete. He flew until the very end. Buzz had a zest for life and love for his family. Buzz and Susan enjoyed 49 wonderful, adventurous years of marriage. He was loved and respected by his children, Stephen, David and Karen, and their spouses. Buzz was a fun loving grandfather who took his nine grandchildren flying, hiking, tubing and hunting. He taught them to drive, to work with wood, and to sit at a military brace at the dinner table. A memorial service in celebration of Buzz’s life was held on Oct. 20 at Grace Anglican Church, Fleming Island, Fla., where he was a faithful member for 38 years. A reception was held at Buzz’s hangar complete with a missing man formation with home built airplanes -- they were low and fast. Blackjack ’68 adds: Buzz was a terrific classmate and squadron mate, and we will miss him deeply. While at the Academy in the fall of 1966, Buzz was one of the three Blackjackers who traveled to Annapolis and “borrowed” the Navy goat for a few days. That trip has become part of Academy lore. A number of us were able to travel to Florida to show our respect and celebrate his life. At his house the night before the service, many family members including the youngest children talked about their love and respect for him. They all called him Buzz and the joy he brought to their lives was obvious. The service the next day was jam-packed -- not an empty seat in the church. His eldest granddaughter gave the eulogy and at Buzz’s direction did her best to “keep it short.” The reception at his hangar at the grass strip airfield where he kept his aircraft was emotional but filled with great stories about this person who was so well known and loved in his community. We spoke to the crowd and yes, we told the Goat Story. Buzz lived a wonderful life -- a patriot, aviator, warrior, businessman and wonderful family man. In the words Buzz used to end all his notes to us, we can only say -- TAILWINDS. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it to the fullest.” (John 10:10) Buzz was blessed with a very full life. His family and friends will greatly miss him. A memorial service with military honors will be held at the USAFA cemetery at a later date.                                                                                                                                        (Susan Glade and Blackjack ’68)

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