We Remember ... Heroes of the Faith at St. Michael's - Andrew Glyn Owen
ANDREW GLYN OWEN
12 June 1927 – 12 March 2007
Glyn was born in Newcastle upon Tyne where his father was vicar of St Andrew’s Church, hence the name Andrew Glyn. He was the third of four children. After school, whilst waiting for call up papers, Glyn acted at the Newcastle Playhouse. He never lost the acting bug.
After three years as a Petty Officer in the Navy, Glyn went to Trinity College, Dublin to read Modern Languages. There he met Nan and in their first term, because of his acting experience, he was asked to direct the pantomime. To the chagrin of the established members of the Players he chose Nan to be principal boy.
They graduated in 1952 and married in 1954. Their first home was a flat in Hartington Road where Eluned was born then in 1958 they moved to Kinnaird Avenue where they lived for 45 years and where Deborah and Caroline were born.
Glyn worked for the Royal Exchange in the City and then with British Xylonite and Shell, before switching careers to teaching. He thoroughly enjoyed this career change and taught at Kingston College of Further Education until his retirement. He was a local magistrate at Brentford.
Nan and Glyn had worshipped at Christ Church Turnham Green and St. Anne’s Kew but joined St. Michael’s Sutton Court in 1965. St Michael’s was described by Rev. Pronger of St. Anne’s as ‘a very friendly church closer to home where the girls could enjoy Brownies and Guides.’ Glyn served on the PCC. He had a great love of church music and appreciated John Thackray’s friendship and musicianship. Glyn built the organ steps and the fittings for the cross. Glyn also loved poetry and literature and the Christmas readings delivered in his rich voice were a delight. He and Nan were long-time active members of St Michael’s Players.