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CANFIELD - Glen Camille El-Hayek, 33, died recently in Shanghai, China, where he was working for Microsoft.

Glen was born Feb. 7, 1978, in Youngstown, a son of Dr. and Mrs. Salim El-Hayek (Annette).

A 1996 honor graduate of Boardman High School, Glen went on to pursue studies at Colorado State University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Following graduation, Glen worked as a software developer in Roseville, Calif. for Hewlett Packard and then for Wachter Technologies, where he helped develop software that made online trading possible. Since 2003, Glen worked for Microsoft Corporation, first in Redmond, Wash., and then in Shanghai, as Senior Test Lead in Research and Development. He was also pursuing an Executive MBA at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. While he mainly studied at the Singapore campus, he also rotated through the London and Chicago campuses.

Glen has been described by his friends as “larger than life,” and indeed, he lived life to its fullest. As a child, he was a champion Scottish Highland Dancer and later became a champion skier. He was a ski patroller in both California and Washington and was trained in search and rescue. He also worked on Habitat for Humanity and Microsoft-sponsored goodwill endeavors, including the relief effort for the earthquake-shattered city of Chengdu, China.

Over the past decade, Glen traveled the globe extensively for work and pleasure, making new friends wherever he went. Despite constantly being on the move, he always tried to attend friends’ weddings, whether they occurred in the United States or in Karachi, Pakistan. Besides English, Glen also spoke French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Glen is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Salim El-Hayek (Annette) of Canfield; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Kevin El-Hayek (Raechel); and his nieces, Keira Marie and Alison Kate, each of Cleveland.

Glen was in the process of relocating to New York City to be closer to his family. He will be forever remembered as a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and friend.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown. Arrangements are pending and will be published at a later date.

Visits to Glen’s family and the outpouring of support and many gestures of kindness have been overwhelmingly comforting to the El-Hayek family. At this time, Glen’s family requests privacy in their home, yet will receive condolences on Saturday, April 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Arab-American Community Center, 15 Belgrade St. in Liberty Township, just off Belmont Avenue.

In lieu of food and flowers and gifts, donations may be made to the Glen El-Hayek Study Abroad Memorial Scholarship, c/o Youngstown State University Development Office, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555-0001.

Visit to view this obituary and to send condolences online to the El-Hayek family.

Guestbook Entries

“Our heart goes out to the El Hayek family, such a tragedy of an amazing man with a bright future. We grieve with you and pray the truth comes and those who committed such sins will be punished. ”

 » Chamoun Family on March 31, 2011



 » RONDA FREDERICK (RICHARDS) on March 31, 2011

“No words can express how deeply sorry I am for your tragic loss. The entire El-Hayek family is in my constant prayers. May God Bless you.”

 » Gina McHenry on March 31, 2011

St. Elizabeth Health Center

“The surgical staff of the Department of Surgery wishes to convey their deepest sympathy and prayers. ”

 » Department of Surgery on March 31, 2011

“Our deepest condolences to the family and our prayers for the rest of the soul of Glen in the Kingdom of Heaven. God rest his soul in eternal peace.”

 » Fr. George D. Gage on March 31, 2011

Director, Institutional Research, YSU

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by your shattering loss. Please know that you and your family have my heartfelt sympathy and are in my prayers. ”

 » Becky Geltz on March 31, 2011

“Words cannot even begin to express how deeply saddened we are to hear of the loss of your son. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Please know you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.”

 » The Design Center on March 31, 2011

“Our deepest, most heartfelt sympathies are with you and your entire family during this painful time.”

 » Mousa and Brenda Kassis on March 31, 2011

“Our deepest, most heartfelt sympathies are with you and your entire family during this painful time.”

 » Mousa and Brenda Kassis on March 31, 2011

“We are shocked and saddened at hearing of the death of your wonderful son. We had the pleasure of knowing Glen when he was a student at Boardman High School and a good friend to our son,Scott. We pray for your entire family. God bless...”

 » Jack & Peggy Byrns on March 31, 2011

“We were so saddened to hear about Glenn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was wonderful to read about his big life and adventures. His spirit will live on through the study abroad scholarship in his name. ”

 » Eason Family (Jeannine, Ernest, Brian) on April 1, 2011

“Our deepest sympathies and prayers to Dr. Salim, Annette and family. We will mourn him as he was a close relative eventhough we only saw him once in Montreal. May God bless you and give you strength in this terrible tragedy Joseph, Zeina and Frederick Hayek (Beirut, Lebanon)”

 » Joseph Farid Hayek on April 2, 2011

“Nous sommes profondément affectés par la disparition de Glen et nous partageons votre douleur. Nous vous témoignons de toute notre affection et vous accompagnons dans cette terrible épreuve.”

 » Laurent et Jocelyne Holzapfel on April 2, 2011

you soldier

“4 years is not a short time in a person's life. You are the 2nd manager of me and you are the one who help me to find my way in my career. You are the first and the only America friend of me. Remember you forever.”

 » Leo yu on April 11, 2011

“Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time of loss" Please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolence at this most challenging time." God bless you Dr salim and all your family”

 » Joseph Nassif El Hayek (United Kingdom) on April 11, 2011

“Glen,I will miss you forever. You are the one who left happy memories to everybody. Miss you.”

 » Goofy on April 23, 2011


“May the lord jesus Christ help you all to overcome your loss, our prayers and hearts go to all of you who loved him.”

 » Naji Emile Hayek on April 26, 2011

“Glen never wasted a moment, always living life to the fullest. He brought excitement and joie de vivre to everyone he touched. I am honored to have called him a friend.”

 » Peichen on April 29, 2011

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