Glen Harcourt, 40, died tragically when his plane crashed on Feb. 23, 2006 near Telluride, Colo. He perished doing something he loved, a reminder to all of us of how he lived his life completely and without reservation.
Glen came to the Vineyard during summer breaks from college to visit his brothers, Gregg and Gary. Between 1987 and1992 he lived year-round on the Vineyard. His time here was greatly influenced by the people he met and worked with. As well as his brothers, Glen worked at DECA with Jimmy Glavin and Gino Mazzaferro for a year, Richard Wright, Sandy Alexander, Jim Young, and Kate Warner, just to name a few. He was inspired by many artists on the Vineyard, including David Licht, Lauri Miller, and Patrick Lindsey.
Glen's years of living and working on Martha's Vineyard prepared him to pursue his dreams in Telluride, Colo. He left the Vineyard for Telluride in the spring of 1992 and eventually built his own workshop powered by the sun and wind, perched on a cliff high above the San Miguel River in the town of Sawpit. Steeprock Builders (formerly Steeprock Jointery) has grown to what Glen referred to as "his gang" of more than 30 artisans who supported a vision of creating sustainable buildings combined with renewable energy work.
Glen had an ingrained sense of what sustainability meant that was palpable and contagious. He had the invaluable skill of conveying the message and its urgency without losing optimism and the joyful sense of opportunity that accompanied that urgency. He not only knew the right direction that we as a society must move but he pulled others along with him. And he pushed others, that were not eager to follow or who stood in the way, with the respectable strength of a statesman. Glen matured into a man who not only spoke of social ideals, but acted upon them with gusto.
Everywhere he went, Glen made a great and lasting impression. A very inspiring individual, his huge smile and positive energy rubbed off on everyone he came in contact with. Glen was adventurous and outgoing. He challenged himself and others when skiing, flying, windsurfing, climbing, and river running. He especially loved flying his little Cessna which enabled him to see his family and friends more than ever.
He was Uncle Glen, Glenny, Glenno, Glenward, Daddy - and a magical man whose favorite trick was to make ice cream fall from the sky.
Glen's father, Edwin L. Harcourt, predeceased him in 2001. In addition to his mother, Audrey Harcourt, four siblings, a niece, seven nephews, and innumerable friends, Glen is survived by his wife and true love Isabel, and two very young sons, Thorne and Weston, who was born on his father's 40th birthday.
A short ceremony was held at the Katama Airfield on March 18.