Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who met celebrities.
Today is a special and very sad Friend Encounter. It is also a salute to a good friend of mine.
I met Glen Rylko many years ago at Resistance Pro Wrestling, although our paths crossed several times at other events.
We became friends over our mutual interest in comic cons, sports and wrestling. Over the years, I got to know his son Patrick and wife Alicia. Glen was a fun guy, knowledgeable and respectful of sports and wrestling. He was a man of deep faith, too. I liked, appreciated and respected Glen.
The last time I saw Glen was at C2E2, right before the pandemic hit. Since then, we communicated mostly by text. We had hopes and plans to finally get together at a comic con this year. Unfortunately, those plans would not happen.
I knew Glen was ill. In our last few texts I could tell he wasn't doing well, but he kept up his spirits and his spirituality. The texts stopped a couple weeks ago. I knew that was a bad sign. Yesterday morning, Patrick texted me informing me of Glen's passing.
They say he's in a better place. They say he's no longer suffering. That's the consolation for those who knew him.
I'll miss Glen, but I will remember our fun times and many interesting chats. Rest in peace, Glen. I love ya, buddy!
Alicia and Glen Rylko and me in Chicago, IL-March 2020.
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