Memorial for Glowaty


A memorial mass for George Glowaty, a painter who died Aug. 8 at the age of 89 in the Village apartment where he lived for more than 50 years, will be held at noon on Fri., Nov. 16 at Our Lady of Pompei Church on Carmine and Bleecker Sts.

Glowaty came to the Village after serving in the Army during World War II and then graduating from Loyola University in Chicago where he was born and raised. A painter whose landscapes and paintings of flowers were much admired, he worked for a design firm in Manhattan until his retirement about 25 years ago.

“I was fortunate to live next door to George for 49 years,” said Mary Tahmin, an actress and friend. “He was devoted to his friends — he had a loveable habit of carrying little wrapped candy tidbits that he would pass out and was always going out of his way to help. Each time I had to go out of town to do a play he would collect my mail and check on my apartment,” she recalled.

He was severely injured and suffered a tragic loss on the afternoon of April 23, 1992 when a car went out of control and crashed into a bench full of people on the northeast side of Washington Sq. Park, killing five people including Carole Terry, his longtime companion.

George, who was standing in front of the bench, was hit and thrown into the air. He was among the 35 people who were injured and learned of Terry’s death while he was in the hospital.

A sister-in-law, Helen Glowaty, and two nieces, Linda Glowaty and Donna Good, who arranged his funeral in Chicago, are among his survivors