In Memoriam of Niels Erik Glaser
Niels Erik Glaser, age 62, passed away on Sunday, July 22 at home with his family. Niels fought a courageous battle with Colorectal Cancer for over 3 years. Niels was born in San Francisco and spent his entire life in the Bay Area. He was a yachtsman his entire life. In his early 20's, Niels took over his grandfather's printing business and ran the company for more than 35 years. He also was a yacht broker in his 20's. In 2013, Niels joined The Men's Wearhouse as the NorCal Transportation Manager. Niels was also a lifetime member and Master Mason as well as a member of the Golden Gate Breakfast Club.
Niels was the epitome of a family man: from family vacations, sailing events, cub scouts, automobiles, moving and everything else. Everyone thought of Niels as bigger than life and a jack of all trades - on cars, trucks, big trucks, boats and home renovations. Niels would help anyone without limitations. Niels and his family got involved with Encinal Yacht Club Junior Sailing in 1997, and immediately became co-chair of the program, and has been involved ever since. In addition, Niels served on the Encinal Board of Directors, Buildings and Grounds and as Committee Chair in many capacities his entire EYC membership. If he wasn't running a committee, he was managing a large project, such as rebuilding of the Bar, helping on the swimming pool, Long Range Planning, Editor of the Soundings as well as a board position on the Encinal Sailing Foundation. Throughout his time at EYC, Niels initiated, maintained and improved many traditions. He was a pillar of the EYC community. His presence was recognized whenever he participated on a team project or event. The Mason's belief is that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place and indeed Niels exemplified that in every aspect of his life.
Niels is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janis, and his children Erik (wife Brittny, son Kaj) and Mary (husband Max). He is also survived by his mother, Jean and his brothers Peter and Daniel.
The family will host a Celebration of Life for Niels at 1300 hours on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda, CA. We encourage you to wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt to represent Niels' spirit.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a contribution to the Encinal Sailing Foundation (please note in memo section - "Niels Glaser Fund") 1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda, CA 94501.
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