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Glen McCabe

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1948 - 2023

After a brief challenge with cancer, Glen Harvey McCabe passed away peacefully at home on August 14, 2023 with his beloved family at his side including his wife Sylvia Kuzyk, daughter Lara McCabe, stepdaughter Vanessa Kuzyk, sister Norma Marion and his adored kitties Button and Zipper.


Glen was born on June 18, 1948 to Norman and Lilia McCabe and was raised in Winnipeg’s tough inner city.  As a Metis boy, his early life was fraught with poverty and hardship.  However his formative years were powerfully influenced by Reverend Bob Stiven and Robertson House, part of the United Church of Canada.  As a youngster, Glen had the opportunity to go to Camp Robertson for inner city kids in Gimli where he eventually worked as a camp counsellor.  The experience instilled in him a deep and abiding desire to help and support those in need. 


Driven by his humble beginnings and a passion for helping people, Glen worked hard pursuing knowledge and higher education.  Glen attended St. John’s and Sisler High Schools but it was in the university environment where he shone, excelling in his studies and winning scholarships.  He earned his BA at the University of Winnipeg and subsequently graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Education and PhD in clinical psychology. Glen worked for a number of social service agencies during his early career.  After attaining his PhD, he was hired at U of M Student Affairs to provide psychological support to students until he accepted a professorship position in the U of M’s Faculty of Education in the area of counselling psychology.


Glen was proud of his Metis heritage and over time did a great deal of work with indigenous communities and organizations. His doctoral dissertation: "Finding the Healing Path - The Therapeutic Conditions of Aboriginal Traditional Healing" won an honourable mention in the 2004 Jeffrey S. Tanaka PhD Memorial Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association - a first for a Canadian scholar.


Glen met Sylvia, the love of his life, in 1990.  They were each other’s soul mates for 33 years, enjoying many adventures and always surrounded by loving family and friends.  Glen was so proud of his daughter Lara, from his first marriage to Ionna Thiessen, who is following in her dad’s footsteps pursuing higher education.


Glen was a man of many interests and talents. Music was always an integral part of his life.  As a singer songwriter, Glen performed at numerous folk festivals over the years including the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival in Portage la Prairie.  Glen loved the Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and all things Winnipeg. He loved nature and animals and he and Sylvia enjoyed nothing more than to walk or bike together in one of Winnipeg’s many parks.  Glen was kind and thoughtful and, with his ever-present sense of humour, he will be missed and remembered by all those whose lives he touched.


Glen was predeceased by his parents Norman and Lil McCabe, sister Mary Lynn Littlejohn, aunt Betty McCabe, cousin Ronald Kachurowski and numerous other aunts and uncles.


His memory lives on with his wife Sylvia, daughter Lara, stepdaughter Vanessa, sister Norma, nephews Dennis (Karla) Daniel (Stacey, Rebecca and Paxton) cousin Donna (Michael, Jennifer, Dylan) cousin-in-law Grace Kachurowski as well as numerous other cousins and second cousins.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church at 603 Wellington Crescent.

Glen's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

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