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Glenn Edward Manthorpe

November 18, 1943 — October 8, 2023

Downingtown, PA

Glenn Edward Manthorpe

Glenn Edward Manthorpe, aged 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Downingtown, PA on October 8, 2023, with his beloved wife Johanne by his side.

Born on November 18, 1943, to Margaret and William H.J. Manthorpe, Sr., Glenn lived a busy and happy young life on Belmont Avenue in Havertown, PA with his three siblings Bill Jr., Spencer, and Priscilla. Some of his fondest memories of his childhood included being a choir boy and acolyte at St. George's Church, having a paper route for the Main Line Times, playing football, and being a Boy Scout.

After graduating from Haverford High School in 1961, he attended Miami University and joined the Naval ROTC. Upon concluding his studies, he was hired by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia as a Bank Analyst Officer and traveled to bank branches on the East Coast to analyze and report on their solvency. During his tenure at the Federal Reserve, he also attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Glenn was an intellectually curious and creative businessman who was ahead of his time.

In 1973, his interests led him to build the UBC Grain Company. This was a firm that specialized in the sale of smoking equipment and was once the third-largest smoking paraphernalia business in the United States. He also owned a successful antique store in Chester Springs and developed a deep knowledge of antiquities. It was through his passion for antiques that he met his great love, Johanne Sebjornsen Garthe.

Glenn married Johanne in May 1988 and always said that the best years of his life were with her. Theirs was a marriage of abiding love, deep friendship, and a shared sense of humor. Glenn and Johanne enjoyed taking short trips and being surrounded by friends and family.

In later years, he was a horticulturist at the Barnes Foundation and nurtured the beautiful gardens at Ker-Feal, the Albert Barnes estate in Chester Springs, PA. Horticulture became a passion for Glenn, with Ker-Feal quickly becoming one of his favorite places to be. He wrapped up his career working for the United States Postal Service in Chester Springs, PA.

All along the way, his easy-going and fun personality helped him to develop life-long friendships.

One of Glenn's greatest joys in life was being a dad, granddad, and great-granddad. As "Pop" he loved sharing his knowledge of history, watching old movies, and teaching the ways of poker and chess. He was a kind and loving individual and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Glenn is survived by his devoted wife, Johanne Manthorpe, his daughter Millicent Manthorpe, brother William H.J. Manthorpe, Jr., sister Priscilla Sibson and her husband Barry, stepsons Kenneth Garthe and his wife Christal, and Roy Garthe and his wife Jo, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation or your grandchild's education fund. Burial services will be private.

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