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Memorial Service for Motorcyclist to be Held This Afternoon

by ARLnow.com October 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm 2,189 10 Comments

The motorcyclist who was killed in a crash on Route 50 last Friday will be remembered by friends and family at an Arlington funeral home this afternoon.

Gerald Glasper, a 41-year-old former retired Marine, was pronounced dead at the hospital after his motorcycle collided with a car in the eastbound lanes of Route 50.

In a tragic irony, the man who police say was driving of the car, 25-year-old Jonathan Mendez, was himself a veteran — a Navy hospital corpsman — who deployed as a medic on a combat mission to Iraq with the First Marine Expeditionary Force, according to his LinkedIn page. More recently, Mendez had been working on a degree in emergency management from the University of Maryland. He has now been charged with manslaughter as a result the accident, according to police.

According to a friend, Glasper was a father who, after leaving the Marines, worked as a bar bouncer and as a construction project manager.

“He was a very special human being,” said the friend, who did not want to be identified. “I wish my son could grow up to be the caliber of a man that he was.”

On an obituary website, friends have been writing their memories of Glasper.

“What a funny, kind, big man,” wrote Chris Croissant of Arlington.

“I can’t begin explain how much joy you brought to everyone who knew you,” wrote Charles Galloway, a friend from the District. “You will be missed brother.”

“Gerald was a great Marine, a true friend and had a special soul,” wrote Richard Fisk, who served with Glasper at a base in Japan. “I will keep him and his family in my prayers. Rest in Peace Marine…Semper Fi.”

A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Glasper. Donations can be sent to Potomac Contruction Group c/o Matt Lentz, 1617 Swann St. N.W., Unit 2, Washington, DC 20009.

A memorial service is being held from 2:00 to 6:00 this afternoon at Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington. An internment will be held in California at a later date.

Photo via Facebook

  • To friends of Mr. Glasper: If you have additional information about Mr. Glasper that could improve this story, please email arlingtonnews [at] gmail.com

    • Rich

      Thanks for putting this article here.

  • Katie

    Rest in peace, GG.

  • TAllen

    What an all-around tragedy.

  • Chad

    I so sorry for this tragic loss. My thoughts are with his family during this horrible time.

    Reminds me to be a helluva lot more careful on the roads. Too often I’m in a hurry and see my fellow motorists as nameless strangers. Easy to forget that they have families and people who love them, too.

  • MGW

    God bless you, Mr. Glasper.

  • Bill

    It’s retired Marine, not “former Marine”.

    • Andrew

      +1000

  • Beverly

    You will be tremendously missed my friend!! Luv u always, Bebe

  • Jason S

    This was an unfortunate waste of a clearly good life. I wish people in this area would be a little more careful and courteous when using our roads, sidewalks, and trails.

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