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“JoJo” calls it quits


JoJo Glass, bartender for 35 years at the Candle Light Restaurant and Lounge retired recently. At her retirement party, she poses with two longtime friends and customers, Bill Knight, left, and Mike Casciato.
After bartending for 35 years at the Candle Light Restaurant and Lounge in Northeast Portland, Joann “JoJo” Glass called it quits recently. “It was a great place to work; I worked for Rene Varin for 29 of those years and loved him and the job dearly (Varin passed away in 2005).

Glass worked for twenty years at Western Electric before switching careers in 1975 to work at the Candle Light. “I've been working all my life, but it was time for me to retire. I'm enjoying retirement and loving every minute of it.”

It is not as if she does not return, just the opposite “I definitely miss all my customers,” she said. “I go down there and see them often; they're great people and all my friends.

Mention JoJo Glass to about anyone who has been around a while in Portland, and they know her.

If you don't know her, you know someone that does, because unlike the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game - based on the assumption that any actor can be linked through his or her film roles to Bacon within six steps - you probably only need one or two in small town Portland to link JoJo Glass with someone you know. Moreover, she agrees, “Everybody knows me,” she said matter-of-factly.

JoJo has one grown son and two grandchildren that live in Portland and one living in Seattle. Is she looking forward to being a great-grandmother? “God, I hope not,” she said laughingly.

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