Mark Glackin


Mr. R. Mark Glackin, 69, of Wallops Island, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in his home. Born Feb. 21, 1950, in Baltimore, he was a son of the late Jesse Raymond and Mary Beard Glackin. A 1968 graduate of Perry Hall High School, Mr. Glackin enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving two years active and two reserve, including a tour in the Philippine Islands. Growing up in a large family, Mr. Glackin was the child who brought every lost, stray and injured animal home for recuperation including snakes, an alligator, a monkey and pigeons. His love of animals encouraged him to take classes and later become a licensed master taxidermist.

Mr. Glackin had a natural talent for carpentry that he did for most of his life. He worked at various locations, was self-employed, and in addition, built the barn, his home and many outbuildings on his original Virginia property. While in Virginia, he briefly ran a country store that carried “most of everything” for the community shopping needs. Mr. Glackin was instrumental in the establishment of the Northampton Pregnancy Center in the 1990’s serving the Eastern Shore area.

Mr. Glackin was an avid outdoorsman, and loved his farm and animals. He chose Wallops Island as his last home. He lived a practical life, living off the land and appreciating the resources it provided. His family commented that he will be remembered as a devout Christian who led a spiritual life.

He is survived by two children, Raymond Gabriel Glackin, of Airville, Pa., and Lillie Mae Merritt and her husband, Jeffrey, of Westover, Md.; four sisters, Nancy Foltz and her husband, Edward, of Bel Air, Md., Betty Contino and her husband, Francis, of Cockeysville, Md., Martha Glackin Bagley and her husband, Dennis, of Tucson, Ariz., and Mary Lyons of Globe, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Kim Glackin, wife of Mark’s brother, Stephen, who preceded him in death in 2012; four grandchildren, Olivia Hope Merritt, Autumn Grace Merritt, Layla Faith Merritt, and Charlotte Joy Merritt; and two stepdaughters, Christa Ingoglia, of Florida, and Carey Ingoglia, of Maryland.

Mr. Glackin leaves many more family members, nieces, nephews and cousins behind. His legacy would include his numerous friends who were much like family as well, both in Maryland and Virginia.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pylesville, Md., with military honors presented by the U.S. Naval Honor Guard.

His family would appreciate memorial contributions to: Ascension Hermitage & Sanctuary, PO Box 52, Princess Anne, MD  21853

Arrangements were made by Harkins Funeral Home, Delta, Pa.

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