US Navy


Honor Mission

Robert J. Glass

US Navy
Cold War Veteran

Springville, NY - 05/23/2023


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 1, Region 2

About the Mission:

The wife of US Navy Veteran and motorcycle enthusiast, Robert J. Glass of Hagerstown, MD, formerly of Springville, NY, has requested Patriot Guard Riders participation in honoring his life and service. Mr. Glass passed away on 16 May 2023.

Quoting from the request submitted by Mrs. Glass: " Bob was an avid motorcycle rider, owning several bikes, but with a special love for his Harley's. We rode around this beautiful country from coast to coast. My wonderful husband Bob died yesterday at the age of 64 from a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was taken from this life too soon... we had a lot of riding yet to do. I would love to honor my husband's passion for motorcycles and his 8 years of military service in the Navy by having Patriot Guard Riders of New York lead his funeral procession from Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home in Springville NY to his final resting place in Fairview Cemetery in Concord NY. He will have full military honors at his graveside as well. Please let me know if you are able to do this for him. Thank you. Bob's loving wife."

Mr. Glass served our nation for 8 years on active duty in the US Navy from 1976-1984, with a Naval Rating of FTM-Fire Control Technician, Missile. He had a total of four years of sea service, including duty aboard 2 ships: USS Richard L. Page (FFG-5) and USS Julius A. Furer (FFG-6). Both vessels were Brooke-class Frigates, and Mr. Glass experienced Mediterranean cruises on both ships. Mr. Glass was honorably discharged from active duty on 27 September 1984 with the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class (E-6), and he earned the following awards: US Navy Good Conduct Medal w/1 Bronze Service Star (2 Awards); Navy Expeditionary Medal; and Navy "E" Ribbon.

A full obituary is available for viewing online by clicking here

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

05/23/2023 at 09:00am

Staging Location:

Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home
271 E Main Street (Rt. 39)
Springville, NY 14141
Click here for map

Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Don Higgins - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 8 March 2022

Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.

Special Information:

PGR will provide a respectful flag line for arrival of the family and friends, and during the calling hours from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. The funeral service is scheduled for 12:00 PM. Following the service and dignified transfer, PGR will provide an escort to Fairview Cemetery, Springville-Boston Road (Old 219) at Middle Road Springville, NY for burial with Military Honors.  Click here for map to cemetery

Please be prepared with a clean 3x5 American or US Navy flag, dress for the weather, and ensure your large flags are securely attached.
Thank you for devoting your time to help honor the US Naval service of Robert J. Glass, and to support his very loving family.

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Submitted by:

Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1

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