Obituary of Michael Gleason
Michael Ralph Gleason, 80, of Albany, died on January 10, 2019. Michael was born on December 26th, 1938 in Rochester, and grew up in Wellsville, NY. He served in the US Army from 1961 to 1963. Michael was married to Rita Rhoades Gleason in 1964 until her death in 1999. Michael and Rita lived in Rochester, Oswego, Cortland, and Loudonville, NY.
Michael was a career public servant. During his 30 years advocating for consumers with the NYS Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud and Protection Bureau, he was responsible for starting consumer outreach programs utilizing AARP volunteers in many communities and at county fairs throughout the state. He was also responsible for recruiting, training, and supervising college interns in the mediation program. After his retirement, Michael completed a certificate in bereavement studies.
Michael flourished in recent years as a resident ambassador at Atria Crossgates where he made many dear friends including Alvania Hill. We will remember Michael for fighting for the underdog, his deep compassion, and humor. He is survived by his son, Scott Gleason of NY, NY; his daughter Amy (Shawn), and grandsons Brandon and Ryan Carroll of Sterling, VA.
Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of life at Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205, on Monday, March 4that 10:00am, and burial at Saratoga National Cemetery 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association in memory of Michael and his late wife Rita.
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