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“At the age of 21, just graduated from LVC, I was blessed to have Dessie as my first boss and mentor. He treated me with so much respect and taught...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Steve Loser - York, PA - Friend

“A very nice man, true friend, and sorely missed. RIP Des. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Bill Hoefling - Harrisburg, PA

“So sorry to hear about Des passing away. I have many fond memories of the years we worked together and socialized together. He was a lovely man...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Murphy - Powder Springs, GA

“with love to the Glynn family on the loss of your Dad. what a life well lived and beautifully written tribute. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Ann (Fitzgibbons) Chen - NJ

“Glynn family,Sorry for the loss of your dad, a true gentleman. Glad we encountered each other recently. Surelya pleasure to know him over the years....Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Leibig - Lebanon, PA

“Love you Des!A wonderful man that always treated me with the upmost respect.I smile at the memories that I have heard first hand regarding Des and...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: SCOTT ORTENZIO - LEBANON, PA


John Desmond (Dessie or Des) Glynn, 88, of Lebanon Pennsylvania USA, passed away at Spang Crest Manor, Lebanon on January 6, 2017. Des was born in Dublin, Ireland on June 7, 1928, son of the late Thomas and Violet Graham Glynn. Des leaves behind his daughter Jacqueline, wife of Al Coleman of Reading, Pennsylvania, sons Desmond of Columbus, Ohio, Kevin of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and Alan, husband of Diana of Seaford, New York, and two grandchildren Emma and Aidan. His brother Alan Glynn of Foxrock, Ireland survives him as well as nieces, nephews and cousins throughout Ireland and elsewhere.
Dessie Glynn was a Republic of Ireland international soccer player who played in the top Irish league in the late 1940s and 1950s. He scored 111 goals in his League of Ireland career, which at the time of his retirement was within the top 5 all-time in that league. Glynn was capped twice by the Republic of Ireland men's national soccer team. Des made his international debut on October 17, 1951 at Dalymount Park in a famous 3-2 win against West Germany. In his hometown of Dublin, he scored the winning goal for Ireland in that game, less than three years before the Germans went on to win the 1954 World Cup. Des joined a fairly exclusive list of players to score in their debut with Ireland, joining legends such as Frank Stapleton and John Giles (who Des incidentally looked after when he coached by Johnny's father "Dickie" Giles at Drumcondra). Des earned his second cap for the Irish national team on May 25, 1955 in a 3-1 away win against Norway.
In 1958, Des spent nine months in the hospital, suffering from tuberculosis-a condition which effectively ended his playing career-which was diagnosed as he wsas preparing to move to the United States. Des later coached in New York with the German-Hungarian SC of the German American Soccer League. Des later moved to Lebanon, Pennsylvania where he worked for Buell Envirotech-GE, raised a family and retired.
A private celebration of a life well lived will be held by family members. Interment will be made in Dublin, Ireland. The family asks in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in the form desired by his friends.