Glenn R. Bilanin

Born on April 11, 1959

Departed on June 24, 2015 and resided in Douglasville, GA

Glenn Russell Bilanin died peacefully at home. June 24, 2015, in the arms of his life partner.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Glenn was raised near the shore in New Jersey, the son of Maggie Bilanin, and the late Frank Bilanin. He graduated from Monmouth Regional High School. Glenn pursued his passion for food and cooking and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York. His culinary career included a variety of food service venues including hotels, universities, and restaurants. He specialized in recipe development and baking. Most recently, Glenn was employed by the Tanner Health System of Carrollton, GA, as food service manager at Tanner's Higgins Hospital in Bremen.
Glenn was a lifelong Episcopalian and an active member of St. Julian's Episcopal Church for the past 17 years. He was involved in a number of church activities including the Starting Over ministry, the vestry, and most recently on the search committee for the parish priest. In the 1990's, Glenn was a rodeo cowboy, and served as recording secretary of SEGRA. Glenn loved animals including rodeo horses, as well as his own cats and dogs. He supported his partner's career by assisting with development of outdoor classrooms and butterfly gardens.
Glenn is survived by his life partner of 18 years, Dr. Steve Rich; his son, Spencer Rich; his mother, Maggie Bilanin; sisters Karen Weeks, Margot Bilanin, and Lori Tobasco; nieces Brittany, Erica, Lena, Kristina, and Amelia; nephews David and Barrett; and his chosen brother, Edd.
The celebration of his life will be held Saturday June 27, 2015, at St. Julian's Episcopal Church, 5400 Stewart Mill Road, Douglasville, GA, 30135, at 3:00pm. The family will receive visitors at a reception immediately following the service in the church parish hall. Floral tributes may be sent directly to the church, but are limited to flower baskets and live garden plants. Donations in Glenn's memory may also be made to the church.


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  1. Tammy Hyder June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve and Spencer,
    I so sorry for your loss. May God hold yo close during this difficult time.

  2. Dean Whitehead June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve, Spencer and family may God hold you all close during this time. Glenn was a wonderful person that I am proud to call my friend. Love each of you!!!

  3. Shauntel Ragland June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I am so pleased to have hired Glenn as part of our team at Tanner. Glenn made huge contributions to the department in a very, very short time and we often said we were kindred spirits. I am so glad I also got to consider him a friend. He was a blessing to those around him and will be sorely missed.
    I pray continued comfort for his partner and family during this difficult time.

  4. Jessica Mack June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My prayers and condolences to the Balanin family and Steve. Glenn will be missed at Tanner.

  5. Carolyn Baldree June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to the family. May God comfort you during this time. Remember that healing takes time.

  6. Christopher Davis June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Your cooking talents and humor will be missed my dear friend. I’m saddened to see you go but I’m elated to know that you are in a better place and without pain. I wish the warmest regards to those you left behind but I hope that they will remember you eternally in their hearts and memories. The world lost one of the greats today.

  7. Rachel Osborn June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My heart is broken for you. I’m so glad Glenn was there for your graduation Steve. That was a fun day.

  8. Gail Sinkule June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    “Loved ones live on in words they said, in lives they touched, and in the happiness we feel every time we remember them.”

  9. Elisa Taylor June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I feel so honored to have met Glenn. He and Steve welcomed all of Spencer’s friends into their home and he would help anyone in need. He had a truly beautiful soul and made the best pies I’ve ever had. My heart goes out to Steve and Spencer, and the many people who loved him and always will.

  10. Petra Griffin June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve, Spencer, and the Bilanin family, my sincerest sympathies for your loss. May Glenn rest in peace with our Father and watch over each of you during this difficult time. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.

  11. Bridgette Bias June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve,

    I am praying for peace and comfort. Praising God that Glenn is no longer in pain. I love you, precious friend!

  12. Christy Gamble June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    You will be missed.

  13. Nancy Cole June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Steve, and the Bilanin Family…Strength of the heart and peace in the mind are what I ask God to give you in this untimely loss. An honorable man, mate, and friend. Glenn…All my life I will remember your kindness and love. For everything you’ve done for me, your friends and family…. in life, we owe you our eternal love and the promise we will never forget you. I will miss you dearly. May God grant you peace and the well deserved rest.

  14. Kelly Denton Fischer June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve, Spencer and Family,
    Glenn was always smiling and ready to help others. I didn’t spend much time with him, but he left a lasting impression of sincere kindness. I can only wish for you all peace of mind and heart in the following days and weeks.

  15. Suzanne Flynn June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve and Family, I am sorry for your loss. It is such sweet sorrow at a time like this! Sweet the memories that will stay with you forever as they make you smile and even laugh. Sorrow that you bid Glenn farewell as his spirit departed for heaven and you are left behind on Earth. It was a privilege to meet Glenn and share stories at NSTA not so long ago. Please know that prayers will still continue for you!

  16. carrie launius June 24, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Nobody knows why some amazing people have their lives shortened… but we do know that we miss our loved ones and hold them in our hearts forever. God bless all of you at this difficult time. Love to you, Carrie Launius

  17. Trish DuBose June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve … please accept my sincere sympathies in the loss of your partner … Cancer is such an evil disease but as Christians we can take comfort knowing all pain and disease is now gone … May God bless you and keep you … I pray the peace that passes all understanding upon the entire family

    Trish DuBose

  18. Teresa west June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve I know Glen was a super human being because you are. I am so sorry for your loss. I am having trouble finding the words. My love to you.

  19. JoAnn Shanks June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To Steve,Spencer, and other family members my heart goes out to you. I have only known Glenn for almost a year. And i feel like i have known him for ever. when he came up to be apart of the Higgins family everyone fell in love with him not just in our department but through out the Hospital. I don’t think i have worked with such a hard working man as he was. I’m praying god will give you strength during this difficult time.

  20. Venetia Butler June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Steve,
    My heart is reaching out to you at this terrible time of loss. I did not know Glenn, but I know he must have a wonderful spirit if he has been with you all these years. Sincerest sympathies and LOTS of love,
    Venetia

  21. Carol and Mike June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve and Spencer…….don’t ever forget that we love you and we are praying for you both. It is so hard to say goodbye to someone that you thought would always be there. But, Glenn will forever be in your hearts and memories. God Bless

  22. Carol and Mike June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve and Spencer…….don’t ever forget that we love you and we are praying for you both. It is so hard to say goodbye to someone that you thought would always be there. But, Glenn will forever be in your hearts and memories. God Bless

  23. Carol and Mike June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve and Spencer…….don’t ever forget that we love you and we are praying for you both. It is so hard to say goodbye to someone that you thought would always be there. But, Glenn will forever be in your hearts and memories. God Bless

  24. Carol and Mike June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve and Spencer…….don’t ever forget that we love you and we are praying for you both. It is so hard to say goodbye to someone that you thought would always be there. But, Glenn will forever be in your hearts and memories. God Bless

  25. Carol and Mike June 25, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve and Spencer…….don’t ever forget that we love you and we are praying for you both. It is so hard to say goodbye to someone that you thought would always be there. But, Glenn will forever be in your hearts and memories. God Bless

  26. Shadra Tomei June 27, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve, Spencer, and family–
    I love all of you and will continue to pray that the God of comfort wrap you in his arms and hold you close. Glenn was such an amazing man and he will truly be missed. I know he is no longer in pain and is singing with the Angels! Xoxoxo

  27. Amanda Buice June 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Steve, Spencer, and Family,
    Glenn had a beautiful smile and a beautiful spirit. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. May God comfort each of you.

  28. donna goetz June 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Rich and Spencer, I am so very sorry for your loss. Glenn and I went through school together he was my first kiss in 4th grade during recess at Meadowbrook School.I guess its true , you never forget your first kiss. I’m heartbroken that Glenn lost his fight to Cancer. He was an inspiration to me constantly looking at the bright side of things. God Bless you all…. Rest in Peace my friend…

  29. Janine Talbot July 1, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I have very fond memories of Glenn and I’m very sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to his family and to all of the Bilanins.
    Janine

  30. Deborah Newak Biondo February 19, 2016 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Dear Steve and family, I attended the CIA with Glenn and spent many afternoons hiking along the Hudson River, listening to Fleetsood Mac and contemplating the wonders of life with him.I have often thought of him over the years, always with a large smile.. I pray that the space Glenn fills in heaven was well prepared and that God, in His great love and mercy, holds him close. After reading some other condolences, I was reminded of what a wonderful soul he is. May God bless you all in your loss of such awesomeness. Peace✨

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