Bernard James Glista, Jr.
CHARLOTTE - Bernard James Glista, Jr., passed away at 7:07 p.m. on July 18, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. He was born in Phoenix, AZ. on November 23, 1948. His parents, Bernard James Glista, Sr. and Genevieve Johnson Glista of Charlestown, R.I. predeceased him. He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Laima Glista, his son Christian Glista and his son’s fiancee Lindsey Pach who are also of Charlotte, N.C.
His siblings include his sister, Glista Guilford and her husband, Dr. F. Timothy Guilford of Palo Alto, CA., his brother, Frank Glista and sister-in-law Paula Andersen Glista of Charlestown, R.I. as well as his brother John Glista and sister-in-law Kelly Glista of Key Largo, FL. In addition, he leaves behind his nieces and nephews, James Guilford, Jon Guilford, Alexi Glista and Jack Glista.
Jim Grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y. and Charlestown, R.I. He attended high school in Scarsdale, N.Y. and Stamford, CT. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Lauderdale University. Jim was a Veteran of the Army who served in Korea in the DMZ. He worked in sales and marketing for high tech companies and started his career in Electric Boat and then worked for Data General, PictureTel Corp. and Ezenia where he was the vice president of sales. His job took him to many places around world where he made many wonderful friends. During his employment he lived with his family in Hong Kong, and France and in the towns of Stowe, Shrewsbury and Wenham, MA.
Jim was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2000. He moved to Longwood, FL. with his family to live in a warmer climate. He never imagined he would survive nearly 19 years with this disease. When his son received his law degree and accepted a job in Charlotte he and his wife moved to be near their only child. He was blessed to have them near when he died.
A memorial reception will be held for him in Massachusetts at a later date. Jim did not want to be remembered for himself and all of his accomplishments but rather by donations in his name to help find a cure for ALS. Donations can be made in honor of Bernard Glista to “ALS Clinical Care and Research” and mailed to theMassachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, M.A. 02114, Attention: Kylie Wojcicki. Donations can also be made online at giving.massgeneral.org; please be sure to indicate that the gift is a tribute gift in honor of Bernard for ALS research.