WORCESTER- Robert Greame Gleason, 85, passed away on October 31, 2021 at UMass Medical Center after being stricken ill.
He was born in Worcester on September 17, 1936 a son to Willard M. Gleason and Margaret C. Houlahan. He attended local schools and graduated from South High School in 1955. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served his country. After being honorable discharged, Robert attended Clark University where he earned a bachelor's degree and went on to work for the Wyman-Gordon Company in Production Planning. In later years he worked as a security guard at the former Spags in Shrewsbury.
Robert was an accomplished "scratch" golfer and enjoyed playing at various courses throughout New England. Following his retirement, he earned his private pilot's license and purchased a Cessna 172 which he enjoyed flying with family and friends for many years. He was a talented modeler and created and hand painted many model airplanes. He also enjoyed going working out at the YMCA.
He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his beloved companion, Marie Lavin; his children, Robert Michael Gleason and his wife, Sheryl of Connecticut and Margaret Godfrey and her husband, Timothy of Florida; his grandchildren, Meghan James, William James, Ashley Portes, Jocelyn Rosati and Jessica Dinklocker; his great-grandchildren, Alice, Ezra and Elijah James; Deon, Desiree and Dakota Portes; Aria and Colbie Rosati; Hailey, Tyler and Paisley Cousino; Owen and Helena Beverly; his second family, Kevin Lavin, Domonick and Patrick; Don Lavin, Malia and Cody; several nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and his buddy Plato.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his siblings, Howard Gleason and Elizabeth A. Borgatti, his grandson, Anthony James, and his great-grandson, Alijah Portes.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. The Lindquist, Fay and Lundin Life Celebration Home, 36 Butler St., Worcester is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, American SIDS Institute sids.org /American Foundation for Suicide Prevention afsp.org/.