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Mar 6 , 2017

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Glenn Bourgeois: A mother’s love for her murdered son

by Bev Keddy
Glenn Bourgeois: A mother’s love for her murdered son

If you follow the news, you might recall that Glenn Brian Bourgeois was convicted of a 1992 armed robbery and served five years in jail for his trouble.
You might also remember that he had later convictions for theft, harassment, and mischief. His 2007 murder in broad daylight in North End Halifax got the attention of the Globe and Mail.
The Herald reported his murder as an execution, that he had been selling drugs on other people’s turf.
You might be of the opinion that his murder was just a way of things working themselves out in the criminal underworld. The trash taking out the trash. But others do not feel that way about Glenn. Just ask Cheryl Bourgeois. His mother.
In most of the pictures on the closed Facebook group set up in memory of Glenn Bourgeois, he looks happy and is posing with one or another of his four daughters. Cheryl tells me that he was generous and hated to see anyone, or anything, suffer.
“More than once,” she told me in a recent phone conversation, “If he saw a cat outside on a cold night, he would scoop it up and ask me to take it in.”  
At the time of his death, Glenn toiled as a cabinet maker and precision woodworker for Canterbury Woodworks. He also picked up side work as necessary. One time, Cheryl tells me, he painted the foundation of a woman’s house for $100. No roller, just a paintbrush, because he wanted it done right.
Glenn never got over the sudden death of his father, at age 38, of a brain aneurysm. Maybe that’s why he doted on his own kids. He also remained close to his mother.  
At one point, during an introspective moment, he told Cheryl that if he should die before she did, that he wanted to be cremated, and to be put in with his father.
She lived to see that happen, and granted his request. Glenn had an artistic bent. He had designed the drawing on the headstone under which he is now buried.
On July 21, 2007, the same day as the Pride parade, Glenn, who had turned 37 on June 15, was walking along Maynard Street, just past Woodill Street, on the left hand side, going toward North Street. He was minding his own business, according to a witness who later visited Cheryl.
The man observed two young men run out of a house across the street and approach Glenn. He thought he heard them say something about Glenn’s sneakers, which he had purchased the night before. He  heard a pop pop pop and saw Glenn collapse and the youths run off. The Halifax Regional Police website says the two males ran west on Woodill and across Agricola, where one of them almost got hit by a car which barely stopped in time.
Glenn’s funeral was expensive for this single mother. She ended up selling most of her jewellery and some other items to pay for it. Today, at age 69 and retired, she says she would like to have his personal effects back — including a Bible he always kept with him — but the police told her they have to hold onto them, as the items are tied to the investigation.
Cheryl says police wouldn’t even share the autopsy results with her. The only reason she knows Glenn was shot in his upper body was because the undertaker told her. She remains in regular contact with police, but every time she calls, she speaks to a different investigator.
Years later, Cheryl is still angry by published reports that painted an unflattering portrait of her son.
She tells me Glenn felt compelled to take resposibility for  the armed robbery charge, as the actual robbers threatened him, his common-law wife, and their children. She wanted me to know that while he used some drugs he did not sell them, and did not owe any money to anybody.
She stressed that while he may have had a nodding acquaintance with Jimmy Melvin, Jr., and his sister, as most kids in Spryfield did, he most certainly did not date her, as the Herald alleged at the time. She also told me that Glenn did not know his killers. At one point, she says police admitted to her that Glenn may just have been “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Glenn Bourgeois’s case is listed with the N.S. Justice Department’s Reward for Major Unsolved Crimes program. If you provide information that can lead to the successful prosecution of the persons who killed him, you can receive up to $150,000.
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