Ron Gliates, a resident of The Bronx, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2020 at the age of 71.
Ron was born on May 31, 1948 in Manhattan and was the cherished husband of Lorraine for nearly forty-five years. He was the son of Tom and Dorothy Gliates, and the older brother of Gary Lee, who passed away in 1955. Ron is survived by his beloved wife Lorraine, first cousin Candy, one brother-in-law and one sister-in-law (with their spouses) Howard (with Sharon) and Marilyn (with Marc), two nephews and two nieces (with their spouses) Christopher (with Crishana), Jonathan (with Molly), Paula (with Mark) and Kori (with Bill), four great nieces (Hannah, Devorah, Rachel and Lilly) and seven great nephews (Parker, Bennett, Ben, Sam, Joe, Tommy and Grayson), and our dear sister-in-spirit, Nora, who has been a constant source of love and support for nearly fifty years. Ronny made friends for life. Several of our closest friends thought of him like a brother, and we were always considered a member of their family. He was loved by all who knew him and he has left an ever lasting impression in their hearts.
He was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and Baruch College (or as he liked to say “UCLA”, University on the Corner of Lexington Avenue). His entire work career was in health care, where he learned the inner workings of this field from the ground up. Ron also entered the world of computers when they first began. His final position, before retiring, was as Director of Information Technology at Hospital for Special Surgery. Ron will long be remembered as Master of Ceremonies for the HSS Talent Show which raised money to buy school supplies for children in under-served communities. A highlight was organizing the band called “The Hip Replacements” in which he sang and played the drums.
Ron aka Glee or Gleeman had a larger than life personality and his talent for telling a good story or joke remains unparalleled. People instantly liked him and he had a special gift for making even a new acquaintance feel like an old friend. He had the ability to talk to everyone about everything. Ron was a generous, big hearted and caring soul who treated all he met like family. In the last few years he became a Wedding Officiant at the Universal Life Church and performed the marriage ceremony for his sister-in-law Marilyn (to Marc), nephew Jonathan (to Molly), goddaughter Jenny (to Tim), as well as officiating for several close friends. Those services were always performed with the Gleeman wit and humor.
Ron had a wide variety of interests. Foremost was his love of music. He enjoyed listening to everything from Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz, R & B, Reggie and Classical. He liked to “fiddle” with a guitar, drums, and keyboard. Ron also enjoyed woodworking and was a novice wood turner. Other interests were doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, which he did every day for many years (in ink!), going to sports events (especially Wrestle Mania), watching cooking shows and nightly viewing of Jeopardy.
Ron’s ashes will be buried at the house he loved in Shohola, Pennsylvania. A special tree will be planted along with his remains as a sign of the renewal of life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory may be given to Save the Children, City Harvest, or the World Wildlife Organization.
You may post a message, memory, funny story, or just your favorite Gleeman joke on this site for all of Ronny’s family and friends to share.
Many thanks, with love, Lorraine
From Lorraine –
"I am very blessed to have has such a good, kind hearted man to share life with. Ronny will always live in my heart and be by my side. Our final words to each other were “I love you”. That says it all."
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