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Galloway Mourns the Loss of Junious Glover

The youth football and wrestling coach died on Saturday, March 31. He would've turned 32 on Monday.

He was affectionately known as the “unofficial mayor” of Galloway Township, and for many children in the community, he was a father figure. On Saturday, March 31, the community lost one of its most recognizable citizens when Junious Glover died.

“All I know is he died in his sleep,” his wife, Cheryl Glover, said on Tuesday afternoon.

Cheryl and Junious, known as Jun, were married for nearly nine years, and met 13 years ago. They had three sons and one daughter together, but the entire community is feeling the loss of the fatherly figure.

“He could be out somewhere, and if he saw someone struggling to breathe or who looked like they needed help, he would attend to them right there on the spot,” Cheryl Glover said. “That was just in his nature. If anyone was sick, he was the first one there to make sure they were OK, and that members of their family were OK.”

She described him as a very sensitive guy, and “a great man who was a good dad to his kids.”

“He worked with the whole youth,” of the community, Cheryl Glover said.

“The kids loved him, from the six-year-olds to the high school kids,” said Chuck Endicott, who not only coached alongside Glover with the Galloway Renegades Youth Football team, but also coached Glover when he was a member of the Mustangs. “He was great with the kids. He was younger than the (other coaches), and he would jump right in there with them. He was involved 110 percent.

“He would give you the shirt off his back.”

Glover, who also coached Galloway Mustangs wrestling and worked with the Holy Spirit High School wrestling team, would have been 32 on Monday.

“I knew him when he was younger,” Endicott said. “I coached him when he was 10 and 11 years old. … His family was always involved in sports. He was always happy.”

Glover played high school football at He was also a wrestler, was on the track and field team, and was a member of student council.

"He was one year ahead of me," said Mtume Goodrum, who wrestled with Glover. "I've known him since I was 14. We wrestled together, and then later on, we ran clubs together."

Goodrum, who competes in Mixed Martial Arts, started the Spartan summer wrestling club. Glover ran the club, and the two worked together to coordinate which wrestlers would compete in which summer tournaments. They worked with children of all ages.Before that, Glover coached the Holy Spirit High School wrestling team.

"It seemed like he was the coach of every team in Galloway," Goodrum said. " ... It's hard to find someone in South Jersey who doesn't know who he is."

He graduated from Absegami in 1998, and attended . According to Cheryl Glover, he was a Patient Care Assistant at for 15 years.

"It's shocking when you lose people," Goodrum said. "He was only one year older than me. It really puts things in perspective. You never know how long you're going to be here."

“He meant so much to our community,” said Jack Foulkes, who knew Glover through wrestling. “He was an amazing guy. He epitomizes what it means to be a member of the community. … He made a lot of people’s lives better. He showed you how to live the right way.”

“Everybody was friends with him,” Mayor Don Purdy said. “He gave and gave and gave back, and never asked for anything in return. … It’s a big loss for his family, the community and the kids.”

“He knew everybody,” said Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, whose eight-year-old was friends with two of Glover’s children. “He was a special person.”

 “He was well-respected and well-known,” Endicott said. “We’ve had other football organizations (in the Cape May County Junior Football League) reach out to us and let us know they’d be willing to do anything to help.”

Robin Bowles organizes fundraising for the Galloway Renegades, and has set up an account in which donations can be made to the Glover Family through in Galloway, in lieu of flowers. Funeral arrangements will be held at on a date and time to be announced.

“He was automatically a part of my family,” Bowles said. “Every week, he was part of our routine, whether it was wrestling or football. Our kids go to school together. … I never saw him mad, or angry or upset. He was one of the most positive people I knew. He never looked at anything in a negative way.

“He was such a natural part of my life. It’s unnatural not having him around.”

Any questions, ideas or support may be directed to Bowles by calling 609-576-2543.

Kelly Billings April 04, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Jun was one of a kind. Amazing father, husband, coach to children and friend to many. I will miss him dearly. We should all strive to be a little more like Jun. I was blessed to call him friend. RIP Jun.
Karen Jones April 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Jun..............you are resting in PEACE. We will miss you so very much. You leave behind a beautiful family to watch over, your friends will help. God bless you Cheryl and children. Reach out for help we are all here!
Greg Young April 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
A finer man I will never meet!! It was an honor and a privilege to have met and known Coach Jun. May he rest in peace in God's grace!!
Sherri Barber April 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Jun will be missed by many! My thoughts and prayers go to his Wife and Children. He was an amazing Coach, Dad, and Friend. I am so glad this article was written about him. Thank you Galloway Patch.
Paula Brooks April 04, 2012 at 01:59 PM
You are in the arms of our Lord! You were so very kind to many and always so pleasant when we saw you at the gym! Prayers to Cheryl and family! RIP Jun
Robyn McCullough April 04, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Miss you already. Prayers to your beautiful family. You were truly an Angel on Earth. The Boykin Family
Carrie Giaconia April 04, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Heaven just got a whole lot brighter Jun. You will be greatly missed but remembered by so many. Rest in peace Jun! Xo
Jessica Leeds-Vivero April 04, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Jun you were the kindest sole I have ever met! Your spirit will live on in so many ways. A true blessing to have you touch so many lives ! May you REST IN PECE Jun Glover.
jim daraklis April 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
to those who loved or knew this man. May time ease your pain but not erase the memories.
shandra jones April 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I love you so much ! You will be missed but never forgotten .we will make sure your kids know just how much you love them. Miss u big brother
Loretta April 04, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I didn't know Jun Glover but from what I'm hearing and reading he was heck of a great man. It's so sad that there aren't enough men like him in this world. May you have eternal peace.
Linda Rivera April 04, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I knew him when he wres for Gami. What agently soul. He is up in HEAVEN God has a special place for him.My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. God bless you all
Robyn Weber April 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
One of my sons' football coaches ... My heart goes out to his family. He was a good man, a dedicated father and a great coach. He will be missed on the field and by all who knew him I'm sure.
Toni McNeill April 05, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Jun,you will truly be miss I'm so at a lost for words you were my brother from another mother and I'm going to miss your jokes and smile . I know your watching over us... Your family is in my deepest thoughts and prayers.. Love ya Big Bro!!!
Robert Stanton April 05, 2012 at 06:21 AM
He was an extension of me toward my son Emmanuel whom he coached I met him a little over 2 years ago and ever since our first conversation you knew he was a special person he had an open ear especially after practice when he would get stopped by myself and other parents whom wanted to know how our children were doing and in his eyes every child was equal as well as special he knew that all children were a gift from god and we all knew he was as well bug June I told you the last time I saw you the only reason my son was coming back to the renegades was because of you now he as well as myself will honor you you were a modern day saint may god bless your soul and bless your family
Susan O'Toole April 06, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Hey kids , It's your school bus driver, Susan. I am so sorry about Daddy. I miss you so much. I hope you all are ok and know that all of your friends on the bus are so sorry. Hugs and lots of love to all 3 of you. xoxoxox
Rob Scott April 06, 2012 at 08:07 AM
After death people tend to throw around nice words about a person...even if its not true. I've found that many people just say things, but don't mean them. When it comes to June, from my vantage point, you can't say enough nice words about the guy. I can say whole heartedly to his family and legion of friends...I am proud to have known him. If Whitney was getting a flag put to half mass for her, I can see one for June in Galloway...and people would support it more than hers. R.I.P. Big June
Robert Stanton April 09, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I agree with you rob Scott right now our hearts are at half mass and Galloway should name a street after him

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