Robert E. Gleason, 83, Louisville
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 8:09 pm

LOUISVILLE -- Mr. Robert E. Gleason, 83, of 772 County Route 39, peacefully passed away Thursday evening, November 26, 2015 at his home.

Bob was born November 2, 1932 in Theresa, the son of the late George R. and Gertrude Maloy Gleason.

He graduated from Antwerp High School in 1950 and attended the George Hall Trade School in Ogdensburg for seven months.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and later the Air Force Reserves.

Bob first married Evelyn Wheadon on November 3, 1951 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. The marriage later ended in divorce. On January 15, 1961, he married Mae Grady at her uncle’s home in Antwerp. She predeceased him on January 15, 1993. He later married Irma Miller Fields at her home on July 3, 1993 with Rev. Lance Dallaire, officiating. Irma predeceased him on June 8, 2004.

Bob was a plumber, first working for 17 years with GLF Agway Feed Store and then worked for 18 years as a pipefitter with General Motors. In addition, Bob was a self-employed plumbing and electrical service man for 19 years.

He was a history buff and belonged to both the Westville and the Oxbow Historical Societies. He was a former member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, the Eskimo Travel Trailer Club and the Belleville Fire Department. He was a volunteer with the Massena Meals on Wheels and an Honorary Member of the Louisville Fire Department. He enjoyed snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, and camping.

Bob is survived by his daughters, Ellen Prybito of Cayuga Falls, Ohio, and Phyllis Gleason of Watertown; and special friends and caregivers, Viola Podgurski of Massena and David and Lori Moulton of Louisville.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Frankie Ellen Barkley at the age of 24 and a sister, Joan Martino in 1999.

At his request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.

Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.