Francis E. "Nut" Gleason Sr., a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, 85, of 36 Rockland Ave., passed away Thursday (April 9, 2015) at the Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
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Born March 4, 1930, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of the late Stanley M. and Ellen Durnein Gleason Sr.
On Dec. 26, 1953, in St. Francis Church he married Nancy Young Gleason, who survives.
Mr. Gleason was a 1948 graduate of St. Bernard High School. After high school he worked for Denning Construction. On April 4, 1951, he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War. On Jan. 11, 1953, he was honorably discharged as a corporal. He returned to Bradford and worked for Denning construction again until he and his brother, Stanley purchased the company and renamed it S.M. Gleason & Co. Fran served as vice president for several years. The company built many projects in the surrounding Bradford area. Fran was well known for his bricklaying skills. One of his proudest accomplishments was the construction of the W.R. Case emblem on the Case building. He also laid the bricks in Veteran's Square.
Mr. Gleason was a member of St. Bernard Church, the Knights of Columbus, Pine Acres Country Club, and the Brick Layer's & Allied Local #9 of PA.
He was an avid golfer and sports fan, and especially enjoyed going to his sons' and grandchildren's sporting events. He was named "Rambler Booster" of the year in 1979. He along with his wife Nancy enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida.
In addition to his wife Nancy of 61 years, he is survived by four sons, Donald (Jill) Gleason of Bradford, Francis (Ginny) Gleason Jr. of Crown Point, Ind., William (Kelly) Gleason and Joseph Gleason, all of Bradford; one sister, Marjorie (Robert) Guthrie of Bradford; seven grandchildren, Michael Gleason, Kate Gleason, Lindsay Sherman, AJ Gleason, Christie Gleason, Courtney Gleason and Francis E Gleason III; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, James Gleason, Stanley M. Gleason Jr. and Richard Gleason.
Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. April 18 in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Full military honors will be accorded after Mass at the Church. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 11 to Apr. 18, 2015