Scarborough, ME – Glenn Robb Hetzler, 73, of Gray, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
Robb was constantly learning and always lived on his own terms. He was self-taught in music, languages and carpentry, and intensely passionate about books, film, music and travel.
That love, passion and warmth extended to his personal relationships. He made friends easily, loved to banter with anyone, and many would find themselves in intimate and heartfelt conversations with Robb after just knowing him a short time. He especially loved sharing his passion for literature, music and film from all over the world.
Robb was born in Portland, Maine on August, 1, 1944 to Glennis Merle Flint Hetzler and Charles Robb Hetzler, D.O. After graduating from South Portland High School and the University of Maine Orono, Robb received his PhD in biochemical engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 1970. He had many stories about living in San Francisco in the sixties, and saw, among other things, some amazing concerts including the teenage Bob Dylan. Somewhere in one of his yearbooks Robb was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" and he certainly did live an incredibly rich and joyful life, keeping his overhead low, living frugally, and having the freedom and independence to explore all his interests.
Deciding that he wanted more control over his own life, Robb taught himself carpentry and returned to Maine. He built his house in Gray in 1978, where he lined every shelf with records, books and CDs. He was at home in nature, walking in the woods, cross-country skiing, working in his garden, sailing, biking or motorcycling. He never wasted anything, and would bristle if someone encouraged him to throw away something that was “perfectly good.”
Quoting one of his favorite musicians, Greg Brown, Robb said he was “rich in daughters.” He was a devoted father to his four daughters, Kristin Joler, Robin Hetzler, Heidi Hetzler and Luisa Hetzler, as well as his stepson, Jack Flagler. He also leaves behind his stepmother, Phyllis Hetzler and sisters Judy Hetzler Shedd, D.O., Linda Manchester and Mindy Keith. He will be missed by sons-in-law Bruce Joler, Angel and Stew Taffe, and daughter-in-law Yoojin Cho; grandchildren Joseph and wife Nichol, Ryan and partner , Brendon and wife Megan, Erick, Pamela, Magnolia, Henry and Oskar; and great grandchildren Isabella, Sophia, Olivia, Ayden, Caleb and Keegan; as well as nieces, nephews and countless friends. Robb and his surviving partner, Jody, were together for nearly 27 years.
Robb lived courageously and fully with lymphoma for 14 years with the wonderful help of the New England Cancer Specialists folks and the macrobiotic community. He died peacefully at Gosnell House with his family and an amazing group of hospice helpers on Monday, July 16 at 8:48 a.m.
A celebration of his life will be held at Farm Audubon Center, 20 Farms Rd. in Falmouth, Maine, on Saturday, December 22 at 12:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Robb's honor to the Gray Public Library, 5 Hancock St, Gray, ME 04039 or The Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, Maine 04074.