Glenn R. Heywood

Glenn Richard Heywood of Seekonk, Mass. passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 1, 2020. He was 68.

Glenn was born on April 9, 1952, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a proud graduate of Providence College and spent his professional career in the telecommunications (Verizon) and security (Siemens) industries before retiring in 2014.

An avid and enthusiastic traveler, Glenn loved experiencing new places as well as revisiting his favorite destinations. His “happy place” was Disney World, which he visited at least 50 times (the exact number changed depending on when you asked). He was also a fan of good food, great music (especially Jimmy Buffett), and drinking flights of beer and fine tequila. Most of all, Glenn loved spending time with his family. Anyone who met him would agree that he was one of the nicest and kindest human beings in the world. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 46 years, Maryann Heywood of Seekonk, MA; three sons: Kenneth Heywood of Hudson, WI, Glenn II and his wife Rebecca Heywood of Ashland, MA, and Stephen Heywood of Seekonk, MA; seven grandchildren: Amber, Evan, Kenneth Jr. (KJ), Sabrina, Alistair, Edward, and Winston; his sister, Gail Ferrazzano of Warren, RI; and with a host of other family members and friends who loved him dearly.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 10:00am in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 984 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk, MA 02771.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations sent to Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center at PO Box 5643,Pawtucket, RI 02862 or online at

“Look at the stars; the kings of the past look down at us from those stars. Whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you, and so will I.” – The Lion King


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Joseph P Reardon from Mansfield wrote on August 10, 2020 at 10:47 am
To the Heywood family, I worked closely with Glenn at MAC Systems for several years, on some of the largest projects the company had ever been awarded. Not only was he driven to succeed, extremely smart - his mind was a calculator, he had a calming influence that everyone who ever sat in a meeting with him felt. It was a pleasure working with him and he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to you all. Best regards, Joe Reardon
Lu and Tom Bagaglia from Pawtucket wrote on August 8, 2020 at 10:32 am
I have had the wonderful pleasure of knowing Glenn for almost 50 years ever since my sister Maryann brought home her new boyfriend. From day 1 he was always a positive influence in my life. From advice in business, finances to how to handle a blue shell crab, which ended up with a black and blue on his thumb, and to knowing the meaning of family. In all those days I never saw him in a bad mood or saw him angry and always offering logical great advice. Glenn knew how to live and enjoy life from traveling, to finding new restaurants with great food and going to music concerts. When I first met him, he would tell me about how many times he had seen The Grateful Dead live, just to name one of many groups he saw live. Life was an adventure to Glenn and he would include his family and extended family so he could witness the experience on their faces. He loved to share his zest for life with everyone he met. His love for travel always centered on his happy place of Disney World. Several weeks ago, I mentioned that I had never been to Disney and I wanted him to be my tour guide. Before the words finished coming out of my mouth, he was already preparing the agenda in his mind. His love for family was radiated on his face as he was talking about his wife, children and grandchildren. Today may be sad because he is no longer here to brighten up this world but like Maryann and their two sons have said, we have to celebrate his life and not grieve his death. That is the way Glenn would have wanted it. So today I know I am a better person having Glenn in my life, and know I lost a brother but can honestly say I have known a saint here on Earth, and know he is in Heaven planning a visit to every corner of the universe. Thanks Glenn you will be missed everyday but left this world a better place than you found it by touching so many lives.
Stephanie (Nappi) Spencer from Norwell, Ma wrote on August 7, 2020 at 9:56 pm
I’m heartbroken to hear about Glenn’s passing. I worked with Glenn for several years at Siemens. He was my first boss and I’ll be forever grateful for his life lessons and mentorship. In addition to teaching me sales fundamentals, he helped me get acquainted to New England lifestyle (especially winter). He provided me with so many opportunities that significantly impacted my career. Glenn will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with the Heywood family.
Ed Buckland from East Bridgewater, MA wrote on August 7, 2020 at 6:28 pm
So saddened to read this news. I worked with Glenn for several years and enjoyed working with him and for him. My sympathies and prayers for the family on this sudden loss....
Tia Yurko from Ashburnham MA wrote on August 7, 2020 at 6:19 pm
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Glenn. I worked for him at Siemens for several years- he was tough on me, never told me what I wanted to hear, but I learned so much from him. He insisted that I go back to school as an adult and finish my bachelor's degree, he helped me fill out the forms, and asked that I let him know when I graduated...I'm a senior. I will always consider him a mentor and a friend.
The Abrams Family from Ashland wrote on August 6, 2020 at 7:52 am
We were all so saddened to hear of your loss. We only hope that your most special and numerous memories will bring you all so many blessings.
Andrea Neri from Coventry wrote on August 5, 2020 at 11:14 pm
Steve, I hope you remember me from your days at Groden. I didn’t know your Dad but after reading his obituary, you obviously take after him. Great Dad’s make Great Sons! I am so sorry for such a significant loss. Thinking of you . Take care, Andrea
Betty Lou Ferrazzano-Martin from Rockledge, FL wrote on August 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm
Oh the memories we shared! From Jr Prom to Godparents the next day!! Hockey games with you & MaryAnn & Me with your Friend from “The Academy”!! Always smiling, always joking. Have not seen you in a very long time but your smile and laughter will never be forgotten😊. God be with you and Peace to your Family❤️
Charles Chivakos from South Hamilton, MA wrote on August 5, 2020 at 3:13 pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Glenn and I went back a long way and shared many times together. He truly was a gentleman. I am saddened to hear this and I hope your family can enjoy thinking about how much he gave of himself.
George and Laura Trovato from Boston wrote on August 4, 2020 at 8:11 pm
Glenn, there are simply no words. We met you ten years ago at Hollywood Studios with Becky and you and Maryann welcomed us with open arms and open hearts. You are one of the most wonderful people we've ever had the pleasure of calling "friend", and we're even more honored to be considered "family". I'll miss our talks and texts about all things Disney, and am so glad you taught me what good beer should taste like. We are so devastated by your passing, and your presence is already tremendously missed. We love and miss you, Glenn, and we will always remember you in our hearts. Rest easy, my friend. -George and Laura
Liz & Dave Smith from Cranston wrote on August 4, 2020 at 5:44 pm
Maryann, Liz and I are so terribly sorry for this sudden and sad news. We were blessed to meet the two of you on our pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and to visit with you at St. Margaret's. May the angels now take Glenn to the Heavenly City, where he will prepare a place for you. Be assured of our prayers and God be with you.
Chrisy Naughton from Lincoln wrote on August 4, 2020 at 4:44 pm
Maryann, Although the sudden passing of Glenn is an extremely difficult one and one that will no doubt hurt a long while; the legacy he leaves behind, is a great one! He was a wonderful man whom you shared many years and created a beautiful family with. You have created so many wonderful memories together, may your fondest offer you peace and comfort at this time. May your children, grandchildren and extended family and friends take comfort in their fondest memories of Glenn as well. Praying for all of you.... sending love, hugs, prayers and my deepest condolences to all of you. Glenn, May you rest in peace. ❤
Barbara and George Oliveira from Seekonk wrote on August 4, 2020 at 4:18 pm
Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear husband, father, and grandfather. May his soul Rest In Peace, and may all the wonderful memories bring you peace of heart.
Ann Marie M Gianquitti from Coventry wrote on August 4, 2020 at 2:44 pm
HAKUNA MATATA!!!! You will be missed more than I can put into words....thank you for your kindness.. Love You!
Frances Gray from Seekonk wrote on August 4, 2020 at 11:28 am
A great neighbor, kind and helpful in many ways. Within our hearts, and in our memories, he will remain with us always. Deepest Sympathy.
Carolyn M Dunnigan from Palm City, Florida wrote on August 4, 2020 at 10:10 am
Maryann and Family, my heart is broken for all of you. Words are hard to come by in these difficult times. Know that I am thinking of all of you and will keep you close in my heart. My deepest sympathy. Love, Carolyn
Joseph A Bagaglia from Johnston wrote on August 4, 2020 at 10:04 am
To my great Brother-in-law who was always kind and helpful to me may God take you in his arms To the gates of heaven I love you Always