John W. Gleason

November 16, 2019

John W. Gleason, 79, of Charlotte, N.C. and formerly of Stow, Ohio, passed away at home on Saturday, November 16, 2019 with his wife of 58 years Judy (Walter) by his side.

John was born to the late Frieda and Edmund Arthur Gleason in Stow, Ohio, where he lived for nearly 60 years. He was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church, a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School, and had a long, successful career in insurance sales. In 2000, he and Judy relocated to Charlotte, where he worked at Wells Fargo until his retirement in 2011.

In addition to Judy, John is survived by his children Ann Majors (Andrew) and Kelly Crum (Michael) of Charlotte, N.C., John (Christa) of Stow, Ohio, and Terrence (Sheela) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Julia, Camille, Anna, John, Owen, Ryan, Robyn, Cori, Alex, Shane, Noah, Ariana and Roma; his sister Virginia Ditton (William); and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Judith Scherck-Mackin and his brother Robert.

John was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He never met a stranger and was never happier than when he was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and when cheering on his beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in any sport.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 25  at 2:00 PM at St. Peter Catholic Church, 507 South Tryon St., Charlotte, 28202. The family will receive friends in Biss Hall immediately following. Parking is in The Green Garage off of South Tryon or South College Streets.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in John’s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 205 Regency Executive Park Dr #102, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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    I was saddened to see in the ABJ that John had passed. We were friends way back in the late 50's and early 60's. I have a very fond memory: John played in a band, he drove a red/white 1956 Ford, he would drive into the Stow Cone where I was a curb boy on the way to a gig, jammed into the back seat of that car was his base instrument. I always wondered how he got that thing into and out of his car. My he rest in peace.

  • Arleen Cross Shuman

    Dear family...sincere condolences from me and my sister Jean. We have very fond memories of the Gleason family...Johns mother gave me (Arleen)my first birthday party when I was 13 years old ...I was one of their babysitters..?..and loved all of the family... Bob,Virginia and Judy, sorry we lost touch over all these years in Stow. Just learned that our company Shuman Plbg.actually worked on the old family home many years ago...? FYI... I just had my 92nd birthday and still living in Stow not far from King dr.where we were neighbors of the Gleasons....I am praying that God will give you comfort and peace in this difficult time of saying goodbye to your loved one❤️Arleen Cross Shuman

  • Paul Schulz

    I was sad to hear of John’s passing. He was a good friend of our family and years ago he was my insurance agent. John had fun sense of humor and a friendly attitude towards everyone he met. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loving family. God bless you.

  • Lynn Troyer

    My condolences to Judy and the family. John's life was a life well spent and that life continues as he resides with the Lord. We remember many nights over the years spent playing in dance bands together.

  • Jim Roach

    I will see John in Heaven. My faith tells me that’s the way it will be. I was blessed to know him he brought honesty and integrity with every step he took. He was the top Of our class of ‘ 59’ in so many ways. of .Later on,He was a very good insurance sales man. Blessings to all of Johns family. Jim

  • Angie DeLisa Milano

    To my high school classmate, Judy Walter, I am so sad for your loss of your best friend and husband! Words cannot express the sadness I feel for you! We can only remember the happy times that you had together and the wonderful times that he was able to spend with his grandchildren! Please take care of yourself, you are a very special person and your children and grandchildren need you!! You are in my prayers and wonderful memories of John will remain with me always! Love you, Angie

  • Helen Casper

    Dear Judy and family. Deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. Helen

  • Tim and Shelly Gleason

    Rest in Peace Uncle John, Our Prayers for YOU and Family.

  • Jim Roach

    I have lost a truly wonderful classmate, John and I had many parallel interests that bonded us.First of all we really really liked girls from Our Lady of the Elms, specifically two beautiful girls who were in the Class below us. John with Judy and me with Karen. (I Think that we both married way above our ‘class’!) I went to HOBAN with the BEST EVER class. John was the best of the best. My first experience with insurance was with John’s agency. He truly had Karen and My interest’s way above just selling a policy. I thank God for folks like John Gleason who gave me direction, purpose, and special guidance; starting as youngsters and as a man. I will miss him very much. I will always remember our great times together as special. Roach,James V. Class of 1959.

  • John Flasco

    t was September 1955 when I first met John. We were freshmen at a brand new high school for boys in Akron. Together we became 2 of the "Men of Hoban". I think we became best friends rather quickly, double dated and, eventually, I was asked to be his best man. Judy and my wife, Carol, soon shared a similar friendship. We watched our lives prosper and our families grow. Unfortunately, we spent less and less time together as the demands of careers and family responsibilities grew. We never felt far from John and Judy in heart and spirit although we were states apart. Rest in peace my friend.

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