Funeral services held for Realtor Hal Glick

Hal Glick is being remembered as a sharp Salisbury-turned-Ocean City businessman, community leader, mentor and great friend.

“There was nobody … more liked than Hal. You’d have to go a long way to find somebody who didn’t like him. I never met a soul who didn’t like him and we palled around for 30 or 40 years,” said Bob Warfield, his former business partner at Moore, Warfield and Glick.

Glick, who grew up in Onancock and made his fortune as a resort real estate salesman and broker, died Christmas Eve after a long battle with cancer.

In Salisbury, he was known for the clothing business he opened with his brother on what was then the brand new Downtown Plaza, Mike Hals Ltd.

The store featured 1970s fashions, directly confronting Downtown clothing leader Ralph & Gaskill.

Like Glick himself, Mike Hals was considered hip and young and progressive.

On Christmas Day, Glick’s daughter, Lauren, composed a touching Facebook post. “Yesterday at 6 a.m. I lost my best friend, father and shining star as I was holding his hand. I will forever remember all the valuable things he taught me and I will cry many tears,” she wrote.

“We were joined at the hip for very long time,” Warfield said, recalling meeting Glick one day when purchasing clothing at Mike Hals.

Eventually, Glick joined Warfield, who opened Warfield Real Estate in 1975, and Bruce Moore. Later, Glick became a partner in the real estate company. The trio — each with individual talents that made a formidable team — dominated the resort market for more than a decade.

“We played tennis golf, we made business decisions. He was a businessman through and through. He loved doing business. He majored in accounting but he really liked doing business. He liked the challenge. He just liked doing business. It was in his soul,” Warfield said.

Born in Baltimore, Harold Potts Glick was 74 and died in his home. He grew up in Onancock, in a family that owned a retail department store called Glick & Sons.

A graduate of Randolph Macon Military Academy and the University of Maryland Business School, Glick opened the Salisbury clothing store in 1967 with his brother, Mike.

The upscale store was the epitome of “cool” and trendy.

He also introduced the first Unisex hair salon, A Cut Above, located on the second floor of the shop, in 1975.

Glick became involved in real estate in 1979.

He was involved with the local and state real estate boards, holding all the elected offices and winning numerous awards. He was named Realtor of the Year award in 1987 and the Realtor Community Service award in 1998.

The Ocean City community’s top award for citizen leadership and philanthropy bears his name, the “Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award.” It was created for him in 2010; Jack Burbage of Ocean City was the 2015 winner and awarded just last month.

He was a past member of Beth Israel in Salisbury for 27 years serving on the Board of Directors for five years. Hal has been an active member of Temple Bat Yam since 1993.

He was on the advisory board of Equitable Trust for Maryland National Bank and Nations Bank, the Roland E. Powell Convention Center feasibility committee whose members  planned the addition and renovation at the convention center, the Governor’s Economic Development Committee and Atlantic General Hospital Corp.

In 2002, he was awarded the annual Spirit of Ocean City Award by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, he was surprised with the Coastal Association of Realtors’ First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

Preventing cruelty to all animals was one of his passions. He had such deep concern for animals that he adopted a pesco vegetarian diet.

He co-chaired a committee that raised funds for the Worcester County Humane Society for six years.

Glick is survived by his wife, Christine; son, Shawn; daughter, Lauren and six grandchildren.

His funeral was Tuesday at Temple Bat Yam in Berlin; interment was at Beth Israel Cemetery in Salisbury.

A public celebration of his life will be scheduled.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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