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Glenn D. Massey

March 5, 1958 ~ May 5, 2022 (age 64)

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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Glenn D. Massey on May 5, 2022, after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer.  A resident of Belchertown, Glenn was born to Connie (Tripp) and Donald Massey and raised in Palmer. 

He was predeceased by both his parents, but leaves behind to mourn his passing his wife Roxanne “Rocky” Venskowski and his sister Lynn Lis with her husband Jan, their sons Ian, Noah & Devin, along with Uncle Buddy, Aunts Joan, Bet and Eleanor.  He also leaves behind his four-legged family:  Tess, Mocha, Will and Orv. Molly the terrier will especially miss “The Cook”. 

Glenn was a true Renaissance man – he was an incredibly gifted artisan and seemed to master any craft.  He excelled at so many talents, not the least was woodworking, gun-smithing, black-smithing and even sewing - the list goes on.  He even loved to cook and made a mean apple pie!  He enjoyed the outdoors and any outdoor activity.  Glenn particularly loved participating in historical reenactments of the 18th Century such as black-powder shoots, the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War.  The man was born to wear a Tricorn hat!  He met so many life-long friends through the Rendezvous reenactment hobby. Glenn will be greatly missed – his passing will leave such a large void in our hearts.  In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the charity of one’s choice; or to his memory at the Cooley-Dickinson Cancer Center in Northampton. 

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the wonderful caregivers at the Cooley-Dickinson Cancer Center including Dr. Orin Howard, Dr. Qiang Nai, and Dr. Paul Jodka.  Special gratitude goes out to Kris Martin & Roxy Lock who especially helped him on his cancer journey.  We also want to thank John Oches and his staff at the Stop & Shop Pharmacy in Belchertown for their kindness and attentiveness.  

In lieu of services please remember and honor Glenn in your own special and meaningful way:  Take a hike, go camping, kayak the Swift or Quaboag, go fishing, take a trip to Maine, backpack Baxter State Park, adopt a rescue dog, brew beer, go for a bike ride, make soap, smoke a good cigar or just enjoy your friends.  Glenn would appreciate the gesture.  Please feel free to pass along to us all your best memories at Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services at  And above all, hug your loved ones today.

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