YOUNGSTOWN – Kevin Glines, 41, died on Monday, October 4, 2021 from complications from pneumonia.
Kevin was born in Youngstown. He was the son of Tom and Meg Glines, living with them until his death.
He will be sadly missed by his sister, Carey Lynn Walters (Jeremy), and his niece, Rebecca Sarah, and his nephew, Matthew Kevin of Nashua, NH. He was the nephew of Kathleen Duffy and Sarah Glines of Mount Gilead and Richard Field (Victoria) of Celina.
Kevin was predeceased by his grandparents, Bert and Margaret Glines and Alma and Bob Field; his uncle, Gerry Duffy; and great-uncle and aunt, Sidney and Ruth Jackson. His godmother, Janie Morckel and his family will remember him with love.
Kevin was born with spina bifida after spending the first 10 months of his life in intensive care in Youngstown and Cleveland. As a client of Easterseas, the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center and the physiotherapy department at Northside Hospital, he has had the opportunity to flourish and progress with his mobility and ability to communicate. He was a client of Home Care with Heart before his death. He attended Paul C. Bunn and Market Street Elementary Schools, Volney Rogers Junior High, and graduated from Boardman High School, Class of 1999. He received the NEOSERRC “A +” RA Horn Outstanding Student Achievement Award .
Kevin was passionate about sports. His Ohio sports teams were the lights of his life. âCome on Tribe! He has competed in Challenger Baseball, the Ohio Adaptive Sports program – basketball, lacrosse, sledge hockey, tennis and the Special Olympics bowling program. He was also a member of the Tri-County Spina Bifida Association and attended conferences with his family. Kevin was a big supporter of local sports and the musical arts in his community. He was often seen singing and dancing at concerts throughout the Youngstown area, particularly at the Canfield Fair, Covelli Center and YSU Stadium, as well as concerts in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Kevin has worked as a client assistant with MCBDD for over 20 years, first at the MASCO workshop in Bev Road, then at the Javit Center in Austintown. He attended to his clients on a daily basis with patience and a smile and appreciated his many colleagues and friends. Zoom had become an important part of Kevin’s life, making it possible to attend his book club. Kevin was a strong supporter of the annual Joanie Abdu Panerathon competing with the WFMJ Peacock Team.
Kevin would propel himself in his wheelchair the 2 miles with mom behind! He was often seen at the local mall on Sundays “rolling” through the mall or on the East Golf Bike Trail in Mill Creek Park.
Kevin has been featured in the Youngstown Vindicator as several fundraisers have taken place in the community to help him and his family. He was a poster child for the United Way campaign and was featured at the former General Motors of Lordstown. You may have seen Kevin on TV over the years, especially in 2020 when he and his mom were interviewed about their âDessert Fridayâ cookbook they released during the pandemic.
Kevin’s family would like to thank everyone involved over the many years in his care – doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers and friends. His family at the Lutheran Church in Zion supported him financially and spiritually. Special thanks also to the employees of the former Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital and the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company for the fundraising events organized during these early years. The Hine Foundation came into our lives at a critical time to support our family as well.
We will always be grateful to this community.
Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Cornersburg. Visitations will be on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a celebration of his lifetime service immediately following. The private interment at the Zion Lutheran Church columbarium will take place at a later date. Masks are mandatory at all times for everyone’s safety. Feel free to celebrate Kevin’s spirit with a smile and wear your favorite sports gear.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Make a Wish Foundation of Northeast Ohio, 2545 Farmers Drive, Suite 300, Columbus, OH 43235.
Kevin and his family made a wish at Disney World when he was 4 and will always treasure this trip together. Kevin was the epitome of life. Every day was a good day; every person he met was a friend. Each challenge was met with determination.
Professional arrangements are handled by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.