Glenn Eure was an Outer Banks original. 

He didn’t grow up on the Outer Banks, but for anyone who knew him—and there were probably thousands of us who did—it isn’t possible to picture him anywhere else than the Outer Banks.

Walking into his Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head was something special when he was there. He was a master of bad jokes and he had lots of them and he was not shy about repeating them over and over. 

Every woman was beautiful, but sometimes when he said that, there was a question if it was physical beauty or that he meant that they were a beautiful person. 

Beyond that, though, he was a remarkably talented artist, and he was comfortable working in almost any medium. If, however, there is one work of his that will truly be a tribute to the man, it is the hand carved life sized depiction of the Via Crucis he donated to the Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk.

The detail, artistry and creativity of the work puts it among the best that have been done, and in assessing its value, at least one estimate put it at museum grade.

There was, though, much more to Glenn than his art and bad jokes. 

His love for the Outer Banks community seemed endless and he was always coming forward to help wherever he could. He was one of the founders of the Dare County Arts Council and every year, the Ghost Fleet Gallery would host the art of every school in the Dare County.

It is hard to describe the pride a child felt walking into a real gallery and seeing their painting on display—and he, and Pat, his wife, did that every year.

Glenn also served in two wars, Korea and Viet Nam, retiring after a number of combat tours of duty as a major in the US Army.

He was, in short, a remarkable and complex man, and we lost him this week. Glenn passed away on Thursday.