On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Lethbridge Judo Club, it is with great sadness that we wish to inform you that Mr. Glen Seeman, Shodan, has passed away on Saturday November 14th, 2020 at the age of 68 years old. Glen was instrumental in getting the Lethbridge Judo Club’s free-standing building constructed. If it wasn’t for people like Glen Seeman this building would have never been built and with his time and financial contribution, Sensei Yoshio Senda’s dream became a reality. Glen was Vice-President of Finance and Regional Chair for Judo Alberta as well as President and long-time Board member of the Lethbridge Judo Club since 1980.
Glen graduated from Red River College as a Horologist (watchmaker) and worked in the Jewelry business for 20 years. He moved to the financial industry as a banker and took courses to eventually hold licenses as a Financial Advisor PFP, CPCA and retired in 2012. He was a past member of the Lethbridge Kinsmen Club for 20 years where he was fortunate enough to hold every executive position including two terms as President.
Glen will be sadly missed by the Lethbridge Judo Club and Judo Alberta. His contribution to Judo in Alberta and especially the Lethbridge Area will be forever lasting for years to come.
The Lethbridge Kyodokan Judo Club was founded by Yoshio Senda in 1952 and has been active, with Sensei Senda as head instructor and coach up until his passing on September 9, 2009. The club has a proud history, of which we will add more later. If you would like to read about the club, you can read the book Kyodokan: The story of the Kyodokan Judo Club and the founder, Dr. Yoshio Senda edited by Jane Senda. It is available from the Lethbridge Public Library and other fine libraries and from Jane. For further reading on Sensei Senda and several other members of the club, as well as Canadian judo in general, try Judoka : the history of judo in Canada by Glynn Leyshon, available at the University of Lethbridge and other fine libraries.