Dr. James “Jim” F. Gleeson of the White Lake section of Oak Ridge, N.J., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. He was 90.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1931, in Jersey City, N.J., to the late Mary (nee Reidy) and James F. Gleeson.
Jim attended the local schools and graduated with a B.S. degree from St. Peter’s College in 1952. He proudly served for three years in the U.S. Army overseas in a sensitive position with a Top Secret clearance.
He met his wife, Rosina, in London, where they were married in 1954. After returning to the U.S., Jim became a teacher in the Kearney, N.J., school system where he became district director of tests and measurements. He went on to receive a master’s degree from Seton Hall University...orate from Rutgers University. He joined the West Milford Township public school system, where he served as supervisor of instruction, business administrator and superintendent of schools. He joined Passaic County Tech in 1977 as superintendent and business administrator.
Jim also served numerous years as the head of educational services at Greystone Hospital while also running a successful service business, Rullo & Gleeson Associates.
Jim was a member of numerous professional organizations. He has contributed time to civic causes by serving on an Adult School Board of Directors, Library Board of Directors, Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and Township Planning Board.
He has served on the board of directors of New Jersey Cystic Fibrosis for three years as secretary and vice president.
Jim was an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church for 50 years, serving countless charities and organizations.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Rosina; his loving children, Jimmy and his wife, Patricia, Cathy and her husband, Gene, Rosemary and her husband, Jerry, Paul and his wife, Teri, and Robert and his wife, Dania; his cherished grandchildren, Cheryl, Joe, Jim and his wife, Claire, Christopher and his fiancée, Dominique, Brittany and her husband, Daniel, Daniel, Carly, Matthew, Jenny, R.J., Sara, and Brian; and his adored great-grandchildren, Aiden, Owen, and soon-to-be-born Hunter.
We will greatly miss his unique sense of humor, generosity, wisdom and unconditional love.
Visitation was held Oct. 29 at the Stickle-Soltesz Funeral Home, Newfoundland, N.J.
A funeral mass was held Oct. 30 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oak Ridge, with internment following at St. Thomas the Apostle Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Operation Smile (operationsmile.org).