MERIDEN - Dr. Frederick P. Glike, 89, of Dexter Avenue, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Rachel B. Glike. Born in Waterbury on Feb. 14, 1916, he was the son of the late Frederick C. and Meta Marie Christiansen Glike. Dr. Glike was a lifelong resident of Meriden, a graduate of Meriden High School and Harvard University and received his medical degree from Yale University. He served in World War II with the 3rd Army in Europe as a captain, including participation in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his return, he practiced medicine in Meriden for forty years until his retirement. Dr. Glike was a great lover of music and was active in the Meriden Symphony for more than thirty years, beginning at its inception. He played clarinet while his wife, Rachel, played in the cello section. Eventually his daughter, Marcia, played flute in the same orchestra with them. He enjoyed outdoor sports and excelled at tennis. He was doubles champion in Meriden for a number of years with several different partners. An avid hiker and member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, he tramped for many years with his family in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he ascended all forty-six summits exceeding 4000 feet. He is survived by his son, Frederick C. Glike; his daughter, Marcia G. Kaferle and her husband, Jack Kaferle; two grandchildren, Karl Kaferle and Anne Kaferle; and his sister, Norma G. Devaul and her husband, Lloyd Devaul. Dr. Glike was a humanist and was very active in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden all his life. A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Paddock Ave., Meriden, CT 06450, or to the Hospice and Palliative Care of CTVNA, 33 North Plains Industrial Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, CT.

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  1. I had the pleasure of taking care of Dr. Glike at Gaylord Hospital. No matter the time of night, he could always make me smile. I will remember him fondly. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  2. I remember a very clever, humourous, and talented man, whose warmth and energy were infectious -if not intimidating at times. My sincere sympathies to Marcia and Fred for their loss, but I know they are rich in having had such wonderful parents. Meriden itself was the richer when the Glikes were in town!

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