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Rev. Kenneth A. Gluckow


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Rev. Kenneth A. Gluckow

Ocean Grove

The Reverend Kenneth A. Gluckow of Ocean Grove passed away on August 4th after a brief hospitalization. He lived a life of service.

Born on December 29, 1931 in The Bronx, NY, he graduated from Bronx High School of Science and was a member of the All-City basketball team and was a NYC foul-shooting champion. He studied engineering at the RCA Technical Institute and served as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

In 1953, he married Rosemary Matunis, of Frackville, PA, having met at a nursing school dance at Mount Sinai School of Nursing, where Rosie was a nursing student.

After the Air Force, he was employed as an electrical engineer at Bell Laboratories, where he was part of the team that developed the circuitry that led to touch-tone telephones.

He became an ordained Episcopal priest on October 1, 1969. After many years assisting the priests at Trinity Church, Asbury Park and St. James, Bradley Beach, he left Bell Labs and became the Rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Bradley Beach, where he served for 25 years. During this time, he was a leader in the local civil rights movement, helped to found Monmouth County's first food pantry, Neptune's recreation soccer program, Jersey Shore Medical Center's pastoral care program, and Operation Improve, a summer youth program in Asbury Park. After September 11th, he led volunteer trips for St. James parishioners to serve the recovery workers at The World Trade Centers, through St. Paul's Chapel, NYC. Father Gluckow also served as a visiting chaplain at St. Paul's.

In his retirement, Father Gluckow served as interim Rector at St. Matthew's and St. Timothy's in Manhattan and several local churches including, Trinity Asbury, Trinity Red Bank, St. Uriel's Sea Girt, and St. John's Avon. He was a Trustee for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Delegate to the NJ Diocesan Convention, and worked on behalf of those in need.

Father Gluckow, known to his parishioners as Father Ken, is pre-deceased by his wife Rosemary, and is survived by his children Katherine (Steven) Bassett, Suellen (William) Woodworth, Steven Garcia, Paul (Kristi) Gluckow, and John (Hwa Young) Gluckow, his best friend, Lucious Zachary and ten grandchildren, Josh, Jessica, Katie, Meg, Zach, Ben, Matthew, Grace, Thomas and Oskar.

Donations in his honor may be made to the Bradley Food Pantry, 605 4th Ave., Bradley Beach, NJ 07720, or to the Disabled American Veterans at dav.org .

The family will hold a private internment this week with a visitation to be held on September 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a celebration of Father Gluckow's life will be held on September 9th at 11:00 a.m., both at St. James Episcopal Church, 605 4th Ave., Bradley Beach, NJ. Francioni, Taylor & Lopez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Asbury Park Press from Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, 2017
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