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Christopher Gleason Clifton Park- G. Christopher Gleason, Esq., of Clifton Park passed away, after completing the Philadelphia Marathon, on November 20th. He was doing what loved, running fast. Chris was born on February 8, 1971 at Ft. McClellan in Anniston, Alabama. He grew up and went to school in Clifton Park, NY and graduated from Shenedehowa High School. He received the UNCAS Scholarship in his senior year which recognizes both academics and athletics. He was the school's top ski racer, competing in the Empire State Games three times, and was number two on the tennis team. He had also played football. Chris attended St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont and received a BS in Political Science in 1993. He then worked on a Congressional Staff in Washington D.C. and at several other jobs in that area and in Tampa, Florida. After receiving an exceptionally high score on the Law Boards he was hired by the national tutoring company, Kaplan, and taught students to prepare for the SAT exams and for the Law Boards. He then attended Seton Hall Law School and graduated near the top in his class, receiving one of the academic awards at graduation. During Law School he had internships on the House Rules Committee of Congress, and with the legal department of the New York State Police. Due to his academic accomplishments in Law School, Chris received an appointment for a Clerkship with the New York State Appellate Court for one year in Albany. He then joined the Couch White Law Firm of Albany and shortly thereafter joined the Rose Law Firm of Albany at its inception. Chris became a partner and was an expert in litigating disputes. He passed the bar and was licensed in ten different states, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Alabama, West Virginia, and others where he represented his clients. He once successfully argued a precedent setting case before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Chris met his wife, Jennyfer, while working on the House Rules Committee and they were married in Saratoga in 2002. They have two children, Ashley and G. Matthew who attend Tesago Elementary School in Clifton Park. He was very involved with his children and his whole family with skiing, baseball, soccer and all of the other activities that his children love. Chris was inspired by his wife Jenny, his mother Dale, and his sister Cara to begin running seriously 7 years ago. His first race was the Chicago Marathon with Cara and his lifelong friend Mike Curtis. Later he encouraged Cara to become a triathlete and together they completed the Ironman in Lake Placid three years ago. Chris and his wife Jenny enjoyed running and biking together, often with their children, all over Clifton Park and the Adirondacks. Chris had run many marathons and half Ironman races as well as numerous shorter triathlons, bicycle road races, and cyclo-cross races and was quite competitive at all of them. Last July he did his third Ironman race and finished in just 10 hours, 62nd out of over 2,900 competitors. He was an inspiration to other triathletes and helped with the training of many of them. His children have also participated in several kids running and triathlon races with his guidance and is wife is a marathoner. Chris was an expert skier, and quite accomplished on the snow board as well. He cherished weekends on Gore Mountain with his children and loved to go to the powder of the Rockies with his mother, father, friends, and family. He will be remembered both for his ability to patiently ski backwards teaching his children or leaping off a cliff to fly through the Baldy Shoots at the top of Alta, Utah. Chris was excellent at everything----as a father, a husband, a son, an attorney, and an athlete. He loved life, his family, and his friends and he was loved in return. Chris is survived by his wife, Jennyfer Lynn Gleason, his children Ashley Josephine and G. Matthew, his mother and father, Dale Gleason and Dr. G. Kirk Gleason, his sister Cara Gleason Krebs and her husband Jeff Krebs and their son Oden, and his grandmother Josephine Genzano. A Mass of Christian Burial to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held 9:00 a.m. Saturday November 26, 2011 at St. Edward the Confessor Church 569 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4-8 pm at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home 1550 Route 9 Clifton Park. Donations in Chris' name can be made to a scholarship fund for his children to: The G. Christopher Gleason Education Fund, c/o Gordon C. Emerick. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home 1550 Route 9 Clifton Park, New York 12065. 518-371-5454

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Published in The Saratogian from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2011.
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October 22, 2012
I just read the story in Runner's World and I am stunned. I could not even imagine what Christopher wife & children have been through:( Someone so full of life to be taken so early. I will pray for the family....Flores Family
October 11, 2012
I just read about Christopher Gleason in Runners World. I was saddened. I lost my son Waylon, who was a college runner in a car accident two years ago. I am always inspired by runner stories. Please read Waylon's Book Endure the Race 1990-2010. On line. My prayers go out to the Gleason family. And thanks for sharing your story in Runners World.
Cindy Martensen
February 22, 2012
My deepest sympathies for your entire family. I knew Chris from law school and he was an extremely bright and inspirational classmate.
Shannon Durham
January 4, 2012
Our sympathy and love to Kirk, Dale and the entire Gleason family at such a difficult time. In reading about Chris it is obvious to all that he was a very special person to many and that his legacy will continue through the years. He has touched many lives and the world is better because of what he gave to it. God bless to Kirk, Dale and all the Gleasons.
Bill and Barbra Vrooman
December 3, 2011
Both Valeriya and I send our deepest sympathy to Dr. Gleason (Kirk) and Dale on the loss of their son Chris. Our thoughts and prayers are also with Jennyfer and family.
November 30, 2011
Although I did not know Chris, I know the passion that men like him possess. As a fellow triathlete and a spouse of a marathon runner, Chris' story resonates. I am so saddened by the great loss the Gleason family is facing. I think of you often. I hope that his passions will live on in those that love him dearly.
November 29, 2011
My son and I met Chris in 2007 at a triathlon in Harriman, and he went out of his way to introduce us to Jennyfer after the race. His passion for life was obvious and infectious,and I am incredibly sorry to the family for your loss.
Jeff Kellogg
November 29, 2011
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nicole Byrne, DMD
November 29, 2011
Kirk and Dale, My deepest condolences for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your faimly.
Bill Jeffs
November 27, 2011
As good friend of your mother and as a marathon runner, I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved husband and father of your children. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Sincerely yours, Kathryn Dwyer
November 26, 2011
Dear Kirk, Dale,Cara,Jennyfer and children,Garda and Ray and the whole Gleason clan, Our hearts are heavy with sorrow. Having watched Chris grow over the years,it is difficult to know he has moved on at such a young age. Love and prayers to you all.. Janice O'Keefe and family
Janice O'Keefe
November 26, 2011
Drew and I are saddened by your loss. Chris was a character in class that I remember vividly and affectionately. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.
-Dora Myers
November 25, 2011
Jenny,Matty & Ashley My heart goes out to You and Your family, I will always remember that Big smiles when I would tell Mom & Dad about your Day on the Mountain. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lisa J Marino
November 25, 2011
Kirk,Dale and Family We were saddened to hear of Chris's passing.You are in our prayers. Mary Ellen and Fred Field
Mary Ellen Field
November 25, 2011
I was saddened to hear of Chris's passing. I remember growing up with Chris and spending time after school playing sports. He loved to be active. It sounds like he had accomplished so much in his too short a life. My condolences to your family.
Josh Horstmann
November 24, 2011
Dr. Gleason and family - my deepest sympathies... May the support of family, friends and the community comfort you.
Dawn Burton
November 23, 2011
My heartfelt sympathies to all Chris' family and friends. I hung out w/ Chris several times at SMC. Thr first meeting He made sure I was introduced to all and kept checking on me that night. Even the following year when I would see him on campus he would always check in. It is wonderful to see how many other people he touched as well. Thanks for the beginning memories of SMC Chris and I know my dad will be looking you up there in heaven......Hope you can fish :).
Kryn English Dyjak
November 23, 2011
From a fellow triathlete, my deepest sympathy to all of Chris's family and friends. I did not know Chris but raced in several of the same races and knew he was a force to be reckoned with. May you carry all of the wonderful memories of him with you day in and day out. It will be your inspiration to carry on.
Heidi Underwood
November 23, 2011
Gregarious, smiling, enjoying living life to the full, challenging himself to the next level of sport, being family, we will all miss that guy. The thought of the complete guy will make me smile always. His short life will sadden me by not having more. Uncle Greg
November 23, 2011
Deepest symphathies and mourning go out to you Jennyfer and your two children, and all of Chris's family and friends. This is such a tragic and unexplainable loss. With thoughts, tears, and prayers. May God pour out his love and comfort in this most hard time. With sincerity, Jen (A Philly runner)
November 23, 2011
My deepest sympathy for you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Lori (Matson) Blewett
November 23, 2011
A light bearer for his family and all whose lives he touched, Chris will keep shining. From here we don't know why some precious ones leave too soon. May you feel God's abiding love and "peace beyond understanding."
Maura Baccei (f. Jorgensen) Cocoa, FL
November 23, 2011
Many people in Philly, runners and non-runners alike, have learned about Chris' full and well-lived life through his tragic passing. Please know and take comfort in the fact that just hearing his life story has served as an inspiration to many here. May he rest in peace and may you and your family find comfort in your memories and knowledge that you'll see him again.
A Philly Runner
November 23, 2011
I am so shocked and so saddened to hear of Chris' passing. I have many great memories of Chris from our days at St. Mikes and I will cherish those forever. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and all those who knew and loved him. God Bless.
Kimberlee Day
November 23, 2011
All of us at Racing To Register were saddened to learn of Chris's passing, and we hope the family and children, in time. are ok. Though I didnt know him, he sounds like an amazing man, and most of all, an amazinghusband. father, brother, son, grandson and friend to all.Tom Kramer, Racing To Register
Tom Kramer
November 22, 2011
No words can adequately express our sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful son/husband/father/brother/grandson/friend. Please know that we are thinking and praying for the entire Gleason family in this time of sorrow.
Peggy & Steve Cowper
November 22, 2011
Our sincere condolences to Dr. Gleason, Dale, Cara, Jeff, Jennyfer, Ashley and Matthew. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Keep the memories of Chris alive in your hearts.
Caroline & JD Packard
November 22, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gleason family and friends. Chris is an incredible person and will always be an inspiration to people who didn't even know him. We can all learn from him. Our deepest sympathy.
Tara Lavonas
November 22, 2011
To my extend family in this time of sadness you are all in my thoughts and prayers, you were there for our family when we lost Mabel we are now here for you. We love you all.
Arielle Barton
November 22, 2011
Chris will be missed by all the extended family members of the athletic community. I will miss his familiar face and laughter whiled he was pushing me to new levels at each race.
Tom Ganz
November 22, 2011
Chris and I were law school classmates at Seton Hall - he was a great guy and I always enjoyed his company. I have been impressed by his accomplishments both professionally and personally. My heartfelt condolences.
Kelly Harris Jerkovich
November 22, 2011
Chris was an amazing person, so full of life and love for his family; he will be missed. Deepest condolences to the Gleason family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Christin Morris
November 22, 2011
My heart goes out to the Gleason family. Chris will be missed by many.
Jennifer Wood
November 22, 2011
To Dale, Kirk and Cara our sincere condolences for such a terrible loss. May God give you the strength to move forward as you foster lasting memories for Chris's wife and children.
Sally & John Burke
November 22, 2011
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Gleason Family.
Sounds like you have some incredible memories to help you get thru this time of great sadness. Andy & Laurie Singh (Clifton park, NY)
November 22, 2011
May the good Lord give the family strenght to get through this difficult time
Marie Colon
November 22, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gleason family at this most difficult of times. May you all find strength in the love of friends,family and God.
Jim and Kelli Galati
November 22, 2011
Chris is in my prayers.
Anthony Buono, SMC '92
November 22, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gleason family. (Anne and Bill Varcasio, Charlton NY)
November 22, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this most difficult time. We sincerely hope that the many good memories will be a comfort for all.
Mary-Ellen and Larry Seitelman
November 22, 2011
I remember Chris in the hallways of school always happy. So sorry to hear about his death. What a wonderful wrtie up on this life. My god be with you during this time.

Audrey Matthews
November 22, 2011
I knew Chris professionally . He was always joyful but with a laser-sharp focus on the issues and a gregarious disposition. He was truly a model lawyer and friend who will be missed. My family's thoughts and prayers go out to Jenny, Ashley, G.Matthew, Dale, G. Kirk and Cara.
Fred Davis
November 22, 2011
Our condolences to the Gleason family. May God be with you in this time of loss.
Dave & Linda Lefurgey
November 22, 2011
We're praying that God would wrap you in his loving arms to bring peace during this tragedy.
Paul and Amy Rosselli
November 22, 2011
Jenny- We are so sorry to hear of Chris's death. He was truly a remarkable individual. We are thinking of you, Ashley and Matthew.

Jen & Justin Proper
Jennifer Proper
November 22, 2011
Our thoughts and Prayers are sent to the enttire Gleason Family. Kirk, you were always so proud when talking about his accomplishments. His memory is an inspiration to us all. Paul & Debbie Leary
November 22, 2011
I knew Chris while in law school and have not seen him since graduation. He was always willing to help those in need and was a wonderful guy to be around. My condolences to his family he will be greatly missed.
Steven Pertuz
November 22, 2011
Dale and Kirk- our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. May you find peace in knowing that Chris was such a well rounded man.
Joel Peller
November 22, 2011
So sorry for your loss :(
Wow. Im shocked. Your dad was my dentist growing up. I was a couple grades older but i remember our high school days. Its not fair at all you have been taken :( My heart goes out your family. You will be missed.

john mahoney - Boston, MA
john mahoney
November 22, 2011
When I think of the times shared with Chris during the Burlington years, I can't help think of celebration. Having not seen Chris since those days, he will forever be remembered as someone who made a lasting impression on my life and all the guys. My heart goes out to Cara and the family. I wish you all strength and love during this time. Today, I celebrate Chris as should everyone. Thank you brother....
Rob Rudolph
November 22, 2011
I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Gleason Family. Chris will be greatly missed.
Kate MacIntyre-Ross
November 22, 2011
Our hearts and thoughts are with you. Our sincerest condolences to the entire Gleason family. Joanne & Mark Weinberger
November 22, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Chris' family. It's certainly difficult to understand why this happened, but I take comfort in the fact the Chris touched so many peoples lives.
Jim Mittler
November 22, 2011
Our hearts go out to the Gleason Family. We will have you in our prayers. When I heard I was stunned. Chris ran by our house many times. God rest his soul.
Angela Toma Eisele
November 22, 2011
My deepest sympathies for Chris's family. Such an unexpected loss of such a good guy. He will be missed.
April Morovich
November 22, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Gleason Family. May the love and support of your family and friends give you strength in the days ahead.
Jules Desjardins
November 22, 2011
Chris was an acquaintance of mine through the family-like triathlon community in the capital district. My heart is ripped out for your family's loss, my friend's loss and the loss of an extremely talented athlete. May you eventually find solace in your wonderful memories.
Tami Olheiser
November 22, 2011
Dear Jenny,Ashley,Matthew,Dale,Kirk,and Cara,

We have loved Chris since we first met him when he was in nursery school with Mike and love him still along with all of you. I pray that the love, strength and comfort that only God can bring will fill your hearts now and in the days to come. With much love and many prayers,
Lynne and Clark
lynne curtis
November 22, 2011
My families thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. We are very sorry for your loss...
Todd and Joei Tribble
November 22, 2011
Did not know Chris, but my heart is broken after having just run Philly as my first ever marathon, knowing I followed in his very accomplished footsteps. He sounded like an incredible person and all my sympathies go out to his family and friends.
nancy marsillo
November 22, 2011
Dear Jennyfer, Ashley & Matthew,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult and heartbreaking time. Please know that we are here for all of you if you need anything. Words can't express how saddened we are by this loss. Rest in peace Chris.
The Savallo Family - Rose, Victoria, Maria and Nick
Rose Savallo
November 21, 2011
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Chris. He was a tremendous person and athlete. I remember seeing Chris on the Lake Placid Ironman course with an intense look of determination. He was a true competitor and embodied the sport. My sincerest condolences.
Robert DeMarco
November 21, 2011
Condolences from the Finch family.
-Doug, Brian, Irwin & Ellen
Doug Finch
November 21, 2011
I did not know Chris but am a fellow runner and was shocked by this news. Chris, may you spread your wings and fly with the angels. May God Bless the Gleason family as well as Chris's friends and colleagues.
November 21, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Gleason family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Sean Telles
November 21, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rob and Gwyn Sundell
November 21, 2011
My deepest condolences to the Gleason Family. Words cannot ease this time of grief you are going through but I pray for comfort and peace for you all.
Jessica Briand
November 21, 2011
my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. rest in peace chris. you will be missed by many.
tonya sutherland
November 21, 2011
May God provide peace and strength to Chris's family and friends during this incredibly sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
John Lavazzo
November 21, 2011
Jenny, Ashley & Matthew,
Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. With Our Deepest Sympathy, Renae, Darren, Devin & Abbey Herbinger
Renae Herbinger
November 21, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about this loss. I did not know Chris personally, but his obituary illustrates a man who lived an amazing life. Truly an inspiration. My sympathies to you Cara, Mrs. and Dr. Gleason.
Holly Campman
November 21, 2011
Chris was one of my very first friends upon moving to Clifton Park and starting school at Shenendehowa. It was the beginning of ninth grade - a tough age at which to be "the new kid". Chris went out of his way to welcome me into the community and introduce me to just about everybody. He even volunteered to be my "date" to the ninth grade dance - we had a blast. We had lost touch over the years and I couldn't think of a more unfortunate circumstance under which to be reunited. God speed Chris. Thank you for extending your hand in friendship to a stranger.
Steve Banowit
November 21, 2011
Loved by his fellow Capital District Triathlon Club pals. Cherished for his cheering others on, as well as his passion for the sport. Lucky to have known him. Lucky to have witnessed his family's contagious dedication to each other. Kudos to Chris and Jennyfer.
Jenny Stahl
November 21, 2011
Our hearts go out to your family at this difficult time. Although a life cut too short Chris did so much so well and with such style and energy his memory,forever,will live on.
Patti and John Rice
November 21, 2011
I didn't know Chris but do remember seeing him Tuesday's nights at Crystal Lake - one of 'our own' at CDTC. After reading his obituary it is obvious Chris was a very accomplished man in so many arenas. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Mary Wilsey
November 21, 2011
I am stunned to hear this sad news. I was good friends with Chris at St. Mike's and have many many fond memories. My heart breaks for your entire family. Will be praying for some peace to come to all of you...
Joan Fleming
November 21, 2011
To the Gleason family,

I am so sorry by your loss. I am so shocked by the news and deeply saddened. I will pray for his children and keep them in my thoughts. I am truly sorry.
Shari (teta)Stamatatos
November 21, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Chris personally but only via the EN forums. I always thought of him as funny, informative, and a guy I respected. I and my family will be praying for you and your family.
Jeff Braaten
November 21, 2011
My heart aches for you Kirk and Dale for this unimaginable tragedy. Parents are not supposed to lose their children. You have given so much of yourselves to our community through the years and I trust that now in your time of grief the community will give back to you a portion of the love and kindness you have shown to us. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With much love and affection, Barbara Law
Barbara Law
November 21, 2011
My heartfelt condolences for your loss. May your families find peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Jeffery McMinn
November 21, 2011
Our hearts go out to Dale, Kirk, Cara, Jen, and the children. You are all in our prayers as we mourn with you. May God grant you peace and comfort.
Steve and Judy Esposito
November 21, 2011
My wife, Barbara, and I were terribly saddened to learn of Chris' passing. There are not enough words to convey our deep regret and sorrow, but please know that all of you are in our hearts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Barbara & Jon Miles
November 21, 2011
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers are with you all.
Jeff and Noreen Baker
November 21, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris' family, his wife Jennyfer and children Ashley and Matthew. Chris was a wonderful person and the world has lost a great soul at too young an age. May you know peace and comfort in your friends and family. We are here for you.
Joann & Vern Estes
November 21, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. Know that Chris touched many of us and you are now in our thoughts and prayers.
Cathleen London
November 21, 2011
To Dale, Kirk & Cara,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Such fond memories of Chris growing up, esp. at Christmas time. We'll keep you all in our prayers.
Jim & Donna Hogan
November 21, 2011
My husband and I ran the marathon in Philly yesterday and were so saddened to hear of the loss of Chris. We did not know him personally but shared his love of running and Clifton Park. We are so sorry for your loss.
Jim and Cece Lynch
November 21, 2011
My sincerest condolences for your loss. I wish you comfort and peace. Chris will be missed by so, so many.
Deb Wojcik
November 21, 2011
My condolences to Chris's family and friends. He will be missed by many. My thoughts go out to Jennyfer and his children in particular. Know you are surrounded by the love of family and friends - including many you have never met. The EN and ST community are in mourning with you.
Penny Wilson
November 21, 2011
What a terrible loss for all who knew Chris. He was a wonderful person inside and out. I true friend to all and was always there for everyone. He will be remembered for his wit and his contagious smile!
Dana Gould
November 21, 2011
My sincere condolences on such a heartbreaking loss, there are no words. Praying for comfort for Jen, Ashley and Matthew and all who loved Chris.
Heather Vieira
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