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Newfoundland musician dies trying to reach Mount Everest base camp

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Matthew Glover was a musician from Placentia, NL. He died on May 16 while attempting to reach Mount Everest Base Camp. (Submitted by Matthew Glover)

Friends and loved ones mourn the loss of Matthew Glover, a musician from Placentia, NL.

Glover died May 16 in Nepal on his way to Mount Everest Base Camp, where he succumbed to altitude sickness. He was 50 years old.

“He was just a lovely soul,” said Larry Foley, Glover’s longtime friend and fellow musician.

“Matthew was a special guy. I lament the things he had left to do, musically and otherwise. Someone as creative and brilliant as him still had so much to offer the world.”

“On another level musically”

After graduating from high school, Glover moved from Newfoundland to Boston, where he attended Berklee College of Music. He earned a degree in music performance in 1993 and has performed extensively in Boston, New York, Florida and elsewhere in North America.

Glover returned to Newfoundland in 2016, where he completed his Masters in Performance and Pedagogy at Memorial University.

Foley said his friend is always up for a gig and performs frequently in the St. John’s area. He said his music career was just beginning.

“He was a musician on a level that most people probably couldn’t grasp,” Foley said.

“The word genius is used everywhere, but I think for sure Matthew was on another level musically.”

Glover released his album, Music for lute by JS Bach and John Dowlandin 2021. In an interview with CBC Radio after the album’s release, the late musician said that Berklee’s international nights, where international students perform music from their home countries, led him to rediscover traditional Newfoundland music.

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“I kind of took that for granted, growing up around the bay,” Glover said at the time.

“It’s interesting how when you leave your house, you have a different perspective.”

A dreamer with a relentless sense of adventure

As a child, Foley said he remembered his friend as kind and eloquent, and his creativity knew no bounds.

Glover was sweet and calm, Foley said, and his mind was always elsewhere. He was a dreamer, who never stopped learning and seeking new experiences.

Matthew Glover, left, and childhood friend Larry Foley, right. Foley says Glover will be remembered as a talented musician and a beautiful soul. (Submitted by Larry Foley)

“Matthew was a very adventurous guy. … He was always on a quest,” Foley said.

“He once cycled from Boston to Newfoundland. So the idea of ​​him doing exceptional things that took a lot of courage and strength doesn’t surprise me.”

Glover loved to travel the world, visiting places like Japan, France, India and Singapore. With the easing of travel restrictions related to COVID-19, Glover’s travel bug took him to the Himalayas, which would be the final leg of his journey.

Glover was cremated and received a blessing at Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. His family is in the process of repatriating his ashes to Newfoundland, Foley said.

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