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Richard "Dick" J. Gleason, 74, of Bradford and St. Augustine, Fla., passed away Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2013) at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
Born March 8, 1938, in Bradford, he was the son of the late Stanley Merle and Ellen Veronica Durnein Gleason. On Aug. 18, 1962, in St. Francis Church, he married Karen E MacDonald Gleason, who survives.
Dick was a 1956 graduate of St. Bernard High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1960.
In 1972, he and Karen began Gleason Distributing Co. in Bradford, working side-by-side for 33 years. Upon retirement, he pursued one of his greatest pleasures, traveling throughout the United States to visit family and friends in their motorhome, which later became their home.
He was active in McKean Little League and Senior League Baseball, acting as coach for Derrick City for several years while his boys played ball. Dick was a member of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) for many years while owning harness race horses. He was a huge sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching football, basketball and baseball.
He, along with his wife, served Meals on Wheels in Bradford and St. Augustine for more than 25 years. While residing in St. Augustine, they became involved in serving the homeless through their parish.
In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by five children, Melissa (Parry) Tomlin of Nanticoke, Marjorie (John) Sargent of Erie, Greg (Sue) Gleason of Bradford, Mollie (Mark) Ditsious of Lafayette, La., and Steven (Meg) Gleason of Bend, Ore.; 14 grandchildren, Nicole, Meghan and Lindsey Tomlin, Courtney, Ryan and Kyle Sargent, BriAnne, Isabella and Travis Gleason, Nick Brown, Samantha and Jessica Behan and Hannah and Madeline Ditsious; one great-grandson, Caleb Tomlin; a brother, Fran Gleason, and a sister, Marjorie Guthrie, both of Bradford; and many nieces and nephews.
Being a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He loved traveling to attend many of their programs, events and games.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley M. Gleason Jr. and James Gleason.
Friends are invited to call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis of Assisi Church with the Rev. Stephen Collins, pastor, as celebrant. Committal services, military honors and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 12 to Jan. 18, 2013
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372 East Main Street Bradford, PA 16701