Gleason Clark Judd
ONEONTA — “Mr Judd” to hundreds of students, “Coach” to scores of football and baseball players, “Uncle Juddy” to nieces and nephews, and “Gleas” or “Silver Chief” to his many friends. Just don’t call him “Scrubby …”
Gleas died peacefully in his sleep at Chestnut Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oneonta on July 21, 2013, where he was rehabilitating from a hospital stay.
He was born in Tompkins on Aug. 16, 1924.
His dry wit was on display to the last: a day or two before he died, he remarked “I’m making progress — I grew up on Chestnut Point (his family’s name for the location of their Cannonsville home), and I’ve made it all the way to Chestnut Park!”
Gleas is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 60 years; his sons, Greg and Dennis; his daughters-in-law, Teresa and Mary; and his grandsons, Nick and Gleason.
After their marriage in 1953, Gleas and Dot lived in Norwich, Afton and Cannonsville, before settling down for many years in Bainbridge, where Gleas, a graduate of Ithaca College, taught science at Greenlawn Elementary to a couple of generations of area children, and coached a few dozen football and baseball teams, whose athletes learned just how fun their chosen sports could be when played right.
A veteran of the Army Air Forces, Gleas was active for several years in the American Legion — when he wasn’t swatting golf balls around local courses (did he have 3 holes in one, or 4?), or rolling bowling balls in area leagues, or simply spending time with his wife and children, family and friends.
A memorial Mass is planned for St John’s Roman Catholic Church, 32 Main St., Bainbridge at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. Family and friends are invited to remember Gleas at the Mass, and/or at a memorial gathering that same day at the American Legion Hall on 22 Union St. in Sidney from 1 to 3 p.m.
Family and friends are making donations, in lieu of flowers, payable to American Legion Post 806, care of Richard Rusakiewicz, 86 W. Main St., Bainbridge, NY 13733.