Bruce L. Glasier, 69: Legendary sportscaster brought wit, passion to viewers' TVs

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SCARBOROUGH — Bruce L. Glasier, 69, died at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on Oct. 1, after a battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded throughout the day by the smiles and stories of loved ones, friends and coworkers.

The youngest son of A. Keith Glasier and Dora Morton Williamson, he was born in Portland on Aug. 21, 1945. He graduated from Portland High School in the Class of 1963, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Maine in 1967.

Glasier went on to report sports for The Portland Press Herald and Evening Express, worked in radio, and managed the former Riverside Ice Arena. But he was perhaps best known for his career as a sportscaster in television, where he began working in 1977 and continued until retirement 35 years later.

From covering sports throughout Maine, to mentoring local youth, Glasier was at home in his role. He brought personality, humor and passion to everything he did.

He often said his goal was to bring sports to a viewer’s television in a conversational style, so that local teams would still be the focus of their communities long after the cameras were unplugged and the lights were dimmed. He approached retirement apprehensively, but finally concluded his career in 2012 to pursue travel and spend time with his family.

Earlier this year, Glasier was inducted into the Maine Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his wife, Marita Ray Glasier, of Cape Elizabeth; brother, Peter K. Glasier and wife, Janet, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; son, Paul F. Glasier and wife, Kristina, of Salem, Massachusetts; daughter, Leslie G. Buteau, and husband, Charles, of Gorham; and grandchildren, Tucker B. Buteau, Mackenzie J. Buteau and Leigha G. Buteau, all of Gorham. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Linda Wood, of Cape Elizabeth, and Dee Kent, of Middletown, Rhode Island; brother-in-law, Rex Harper, of Limerick; and two cousins, Deborah Thoms, of Portland, and Sally Krinsley, of Summerfield, Florida.

Visting hours were held Monday at Hobbs Funeral Home, in South Portland, with a memorial service following on Tuesday at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, in Scarborough.

Memorial donations may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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