Born on May 21 1951 on the island of Atiu, shortly after the mass, he was returned to his home island.
Glassie was educated at Atiu Primary School, Tereora College followed by St Stephen’s School in Auckland.
He was a Cook Islands government minister between 2010 and 2018, and held the portfolios of Health and Justice.
Some of Glassie’s notable achievements were being at the forefront of a 10-year Health workforce plan launch and his work on mental health.
Government officials depart Rarotonga today to attend his burial in the village of Areora.
Glassie passed away on Friday September 4 after a brave battle with cancer.