John J. 'Joe' Gleason

June 5, 2020


John J. ‘Joe’ Gleason, 66 of Auburn passed away unexpectedly early Friday morning June 5,2020 at his home.
He was born in Auburn the son of the late George and Julia Jurczak Gleason and had been a life resident. ‘ Joe’ as he was affectionately known by his family and friends was an Air Force veteran during the Vietnam War. While serving our country , he was a skilled mechanic working on various aircraft’s during the war. Joe had a strong work ethic, having two jobs for most of his life. He spent many years as the head of maintenance for both the Auburn Enlarged City School District and also for the NYS Police Department. Joe also enjoyed woodworking and playing an occasional game of poker.  Joe’s most favorite and cherished times were those spent with his family . He will be sadly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Bernie (Blowers) Gleason of Auburn , three beloved daughters Jammie ( Peter Ricci) Gleason, Jackie Gleason both of Auburn, Chrissy ( Mark) Allen of Throop, two granddaughters Sophia and Alivia Allen, sister Donna ( Mike) O’Hora of FL., brother Robert ‘Bobby’ ( Nancy) Gleason of Auburn, an uncle Peter ( Florence) Jurczak, sister-in-law Sue ( Emerson) Corwin as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his aunts Sophie Jurczak, Anna Farrell, Helen Vanfleet and uncle Jay Jurczak.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers any donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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