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James Glombowski

Jim Glombowski

Monday, October 12th, 1959 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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James David Glombowski

60, of North Street, passed away very unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

He was born in Port Huron, Michigan on October 12, 1959, the son of Werner and Donna (Cheney) Glombowski.

He is survived by his two children, Jaime (Jared) Gillman of China Twp. and Jimmy (Emily Hannan) Glombowski of Port Huron; mother of his children, Laurie Conrad; mother, Donna Glombowski of Marysville; two granddaughters, Jesslyn and Josie Gillman; two brothers, Robert Glombowski and Michael Glombowski; half brother, Paul Glombowski; many nieces and nephews; as well as many friends and neighbors.

Jimmy enjoyed fishing with friends, cooking, working at his shop, and he could fix anything that was sent his way. He owned and operated Buff’s Budget Carwash on Hancock Street in Port Huron for over 30 years. He was a very generous man who was always willing to help anyone in need. He was proud of both his children and always appreciated quality time with them. He could usually be found with his canine companion Ruger, a dachshund, following close behind him. He enjoyed spending time with his little neighborhood buddies Burke and Lena Manuilow. He was happy to have his very good friends and neighbors the Manuilow’s and the Helzer’s in his life in addition to his own family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Werner Glombowski.

Due to the current executive orders, a memorial service is being arranged for later this summer.

Cremation arrangements were provided by Smith Family Funeral Home of Port Huron.

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For information and guestbook, www.smithfamilyfuneralhome.com

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Bobbie Marriott

Posted at 11:52am
Uncle Jimmy was a great guy. Ine of my dads best friends. I spent alot of my childhood at the car wash he used to own. I actually took my first steps at the car wash. I'll always remember him chasing me around and teaching me about washing cars and how to dry them properly lol. All of the fun parties at his dads house on the water were a blast. I'll cherish those memories forever. Love you Uncle Jimmy.
JS

John Schneider

Posted at 10:01pm
My lifelong friend Jim Glombowski....Hundreds of memories come flooding back. We met in the 3rd grade at Michigamme Elementary in Miss Holth's room. He lived on Strawberry Ln and I lived off West Water on Westland Dr. He invited me over to his house after school one day. They had a big yard with a hill that sloped down to the Black River. He had a cool two man Go Cart and a eye popping Yellow & Black Honda SL-70. Boy could he ride it. I had never seen anyone that could ride a wheelie that long on a motorcycle while shifting gears. A few years later he was tearing up Motocross tracks in the area and winning lots of Trophies. I'm pretty sure that he even raced in the Pontiac Silverdome. Jim and his family were hard workers. If you were lucky enough to spend a Friday sleep over you knew ahead that Jim had to go and work at the Car Wash on Lapeer bright and early Saturday morning. One Sat he ask his dad Buff, if I could come and work with him. Jim was in charge of keeping the towels washed. Needless to say I was pooped by noon. My mom came and got me. Jim and Mike were there til 6pm. The whole family were workers.
We all had a blast in High School. Jim was very popular. Got in a few scrapes but nothing too serious. I'm sure he got a couple tickets in his Blue Chevelle Super Sport. He was one of first guys I knew to move out in his own place. He lived on Campau Ave for many years. Lots of Jim's pals rented a room. The parties were historic in the 80's. Later he settled down an raised his family. Always working in the family car washes. You would see him there on Hancock St most times when you went though. Friendly wave or a few kind words while he wiped off your door sills over the noise of the blower.....
Such a generous guy...When it snowed a lot he would come by and plow your driveway while you were at work. If your electric leaf blower quit working he say, "drop off and I'll have a look at it." Later that day or the next he would call you and say he got it working. Never would take anything...Even if you knew he may have made a trip to the hardware store for a switch or part. So best you could do was bring him a cold one and sit and talk at the picnic table for a bit after a busy day washing cars....
His boating skills and fishing knowledge were second to none. He loved to fish, summer and winter. I scolded him later in life about going out on the Ice in Lake St Clair. He had a close call and I don't think he ever did after that. A couple years ago we bumped into each other at St Mary's Catholic Church here in Port Huron. a mutual friend had died and we were both alone so we sat together. We were both in our late 50's and he shared that he had a good life and that God had been good to us both. I know Jim had a relationship with the good Lord because he was raised that way. I had not seen as much of Jim after the car was closed but when I did he always had that big friendly smile and was not afraid to give you a hug. I'll miss you Jim. A lot of us will. Who else had their Birthday on Columbus Day every year.....? God bless you.
RM

Robert Marriott

Posted at 04:44pm
You could not ever ask for a better friend in the world and he was all that and more I fished with him and his brothers and other friends his whole family my youngest daughter walked her first time for uncle Jimmy and he was known as uncle Jimmy i would go help him at the car wash in the winter and he got me into snow plows and I just loved doing it for him and Rob Mike Jimmy and his family were a special kind people in my life may God bless you Jimmy you will always be in my heart
AC

Ashley Christy-Manuilow

Posted at 03:32pm
This week I lost a great friend and piece of our family. He was also my sons best buddy.
I first met Jimmy seven years ago this spring when we moved onto Old Saw Mill Lane. He quickly became family to me. He was a man who would give the shirt off his back to help anyone and could fix anything. He didn’t have much, but always thought of others and never missed a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas. He gave me flowers and chocolates for every birthday and Mothers Day! We shared almost weekly dinners, drinks, and late night bonfires together. Up until a couple weeks ago he was still bringing us things- a new dish soap to try and some cleaner for my husband's car rims. He made me feel appreciated, loved, beautiful and enough for the imperfect person I am. He was a father figure to me during challenging times in my life and made it known I could come to him at any time. He was an ear and a shoulder to cry on and gave the best comforting hugs. He always made himself available for anything my family needed and beyond. He gave the greatest gift- his time! He arranged date nights for my husband and I and watched our kids. He picked up Burke from school when I was in a pinch. He always made me smile and laugh. He could have written a book with all his jokes and one liners, I wish I would have written some down. Every single time he drove by my house he waived. Sometimes, I saw him and others not, but he knew I spend a lot of time near my kitchen sink where I could see him drive by.

Walking in my yard yesterday, I came across an area where chives were planted- Jimmy always loved fresh chives in his scrambled eggs. In spring, I would cut some for him and drop them off. Folding laundry and finding a dish towel he bought be because he knew I love coffee! Our neighborhood will not be the same, and looking over at the house brings tears to my eyes. The many fishing events, picnics, and numerous neighborhood fish fries forever changed. You truly don’t realize how much of an impact one person had on your life until they are gone. I wanted to share so many more “ice cream seasons” as he would say. I’m forever thankful his family shared him with us and that I had these past seven years.

My family and I shared so many memories in the short amount of time we knew him.
My son, Burke and him grew to be best buddies and my heart hurts knowing he lost his best buddy, as he described him. Mr. Wilson and Dennis the Menace shared SO many memories together. He would pick him up from school and have lunch dates, take him to the warehouse and tinker and fix things. Jimmy would get down on the floor and play trucks and build with legos and tiles with him. He often invited Burke over on weekends and summer nights to have sleepovers. Burke shared a memory, stating “ Every time we had a sleepover we would wake up and eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch and watch Tom and Jerry if it was on.” The two of them would watch cartoons, eat, tell jokes, and go to Port Huron Prowler hockey games. Burke still has his puck he got and a t-shirt. He won a steak dinner for two at Texas Roadhouse playing chuck a puck. Burke told me last night that he wished they would have got to have the steak dinner for two and couple more sleepovers. He taught Burke how to hook a worm which gave him his nickname from Jimmy-The Worm Man! He took him on a canoe trip down Black River and caught some fish. He taught Burke how to rip and strip the walleye after a days catch. He went to Burke’s baseball and basketball games. Jimmy, Ruger (Flash) and Burke would cruise in the truck or tart cart to Marysville to visit Grandma Donna and take him to the park there to play. Jimmy was always cooking up food for him and Burke to go drop off to Grandma Donna. One of his latest teachings to Burke was how to whistle after spending an afternoon at the warehouse. He even taught him, the most important whistle! (the one you give when a cute girl walks by) Burke’s last trip to the warehouse was a few weeks ago when they took his dirt bike to give it a tune up, Jimmy let him raise it up on the forklift, as Burke loved operating it. His dirt bike is still there and it is my hope “Little Jimmy” and Burke can tune it up! Jimmy loved spending time with Burke because he reminded him of his son, Jimmy. He missed him so much while he was at Michigan Tech, but loved having him back home now to tinker together on his old truck and boats.


When Burke’s little sister, Lena came into the picture things changed a bit. She now would want to tag a long in his gator to go visit. Jimmy loved his “Xena Warrior Princess” as he would call her. He would grocery shop specifically for Burke and Lena, always having cheez its, pringles, their favorite candy and juice boxes on hand. Lena and Jimmy were constantly joking with each other and laughing. He gifted her a cookbook and wrote a special message in it for her first birthday. She played My Little Ponies and dolls, but would also drive the remote control trucks with him while visiting. Lena loved driving her pink Barbie Jeep with a custom wire job with lights and sound that he gifted her. He often discussed how he couldn’t wait to see her in high school and meet her first couple boyfriends and how he felt sorry for the third one. Lena didn’t spend as much time over visiting with Jimmy as she was a little too high energy at times, but she always made it over for a snack and some candy! He often compared her to his daughter, Jaime, as he did with Burke and his son. He was so proud of his children and their accomplishments throughout life, most recently his grandchildren and his son getting married this summer. He was always worried about my children and was their protector. The green turtle with the fishing pole caution flag at the end of my driveway was from him and still stands guard today.
We love you and miss you so much already!
RC

Rosemary cummings

Posted at 12:13pm
I remember going to a party at one of Jimmy’s friend’s house. He was there cooking his perch and sharing it with the guests.
I also used to go to the car wash on Hancock Street and yes he would greet me with a smile.
He was a neighbor on Strawberry Lane. Rest In Peace,Jimmy Rosie Cummings
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