Glenn Hightower Bench Dedication Set For Wednesday

Glenn Hightower — who died last January, at 76 — touched many lives.

He was a Westport school system administrator, softball coach, United Methodist Church parishioner, Rotarian, Westport Weston Family YMCA volunteer, and competitive handball and basketball player.

He was also the longtime principal of Bedford Junior High and Middle Schools (when they were on Riverside Avenue), and an avid runner.

Those last 2 accomplishments converge this Wednesday (December 27, 12 noon). A bench and plaque will be dedicated in his name — at the school he served for so many years. Hightower’s many friends and fans are invited to the ceremony, at the side parking lot closest to the track entrance.

The project was financed by private donations, and Westport Athletic Club members. Hightower completed 16 New York City marathons, and 10 ultra-marathons.

He often ran to raise money for charity. Now, funds have been donated to remember this very giving man.

Glenn Hightower (front row, 2nd from right, yellow cap) joined Westport Athletic Club members for a Saturday morning run in the late1980s — at the home of a sleeping-fellow member (in pajamas at left). Longtime Westporter Patrick Kennedy says the tradition was to run to radio station WMMM, on Main Street over Oscar’s. Runners then sang carols on the air.

(Hat tip: Reess Kennedy)

6 responses to “Glenn Hightower Bench Dedication Set For Wednesday

  1. God bless Glenn and his beautiful daughters Holly, Heather and Julie.

  2. Bev too

  3. A rich tribute…..plaque and a bench! Looking forward to a report on that day….and your other activities? Hugs…

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  4. Toni Burmeister

    Wonderful way to honor Glenn and his family.

  5. Truly, a lovely guy!

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  6. A righteous man. He is sorely missed but not forgotten.