Edward F. Gleason of Amherst, a World War II Army veteran and retired Du Pont Co. worker, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 88.
Mr. Gleason was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1936. In 1941, he received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Niagara University.
He enlisted in the Army when the United States entered World War II. After the war, he went to work for Du Pont, first as a chemical operator, eventually becoming supervisor in charge of security and housekeeping. He retired in 1975.
In retirement, Mr. Gleason and his wife became snowbirds, splitting their time between their winter home in Brooksville, Fla., and their summer home on Chase Lake in the Adirondacks. In 2002, they moved permanently to Williamsville.
Mr. Gleason loved music, especially light opera, including Victor Herbert and Gilbert and Sullivan. He also enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, often with his trailer, and motorcycling. He was fond of going on fishing trips to northern Canada with his friends and sons.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Helen Waldron; two sons, David P. of Greensboro, N.C., and Edward S. of Niagara Falls; a sister, Dr. Joan Fickett of Glenfield; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held.