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Couple Lost in Plane Crash, Larry and Jane Glazer, Called ‘Heroes’

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As search crews scoured the Jamaican coast Saturday for a Rochester, New York, couple presumed dead in an unexplained plane crash Friday, local leaders said their loss has left a hole in the city they helped to revitalize. "Larry Glazer and his wife Jane were synonymous with Rochester," said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the congresswoman of the district where the Glazers made their home and their living. Larry Glazer was the co-founder, CEO and managing partner of Buckingham Properties, Rochester's largest real estate development firm, according to the website. Glazer’s two sons, Rick and Ken, serve as directors of the company.

The Glazers were aboard a single-engine turboprop plane as it mysteriously flew past its scheduled destination in Naples, Florida, and ended up crashing off Jamaica, officials said. Larry Glazer was an experienced pilot and former president of TBM Owners and Pilots Association. He was also on the boards of numerous civic and charity organizations, according to his company bio: "Larry spends some of his spare time on the ground — gardening around his house with his wife, Jane; and some in the sky — flying his plane."

Jane Glazer similarly served on community boards, including the Jewish Community Center of Rochester, the Jewish Community Foundation, Genesee Region Home Care and her alma mater, Nazareth College, according to the school. She was also the founder and president of a home goods catalog called QCI Direct, Nazareth College's alumni magazine said in 2010.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the Glazers "innovative and generous people who were committed to revitalizing downtown Rochester" — a once-economically vibrant city that has struggled with the decline of companies such as Kodak and Xerox. Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren wrote in a statement: "The City of Rochester has lost two heroes."

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