Bruce David Gleason

  • Born: November 6, 1947
  • Died: November 12, 2018
  • Location: Aurora, Illinois

Healy Chapel

370 Division Dr
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Tel. (630) 466-1330

Tribute & Message From The Family

Bruce David Gleason, 71 of Aurora, IL, passed away peacefully at home on November 12, 2018. He was born November 6, 1947 in Joliet, IL, son of the late Roderick and Mary Louise Gleason. He attended St. Jude's Grade School, Lincoln Way High School, and received his bachelors and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University.

In February of 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, Georgean Gleason (Janner) and settled in Aurora, IL the following year to start his teaching career. He taught art to students of all ages in District 129 and college students at Aurora University. He went on to be a classroom teacher at Freeman Elementary and ended his career teaching social studies at Jewel Middle School. While he enjoyed teaching, his family was his love and Bruce dedicated his life to raising four happy, confident, kind children.

Since retirement in 2003, Bruce spent his time exploring Europe, Canada, and the US with this wife, renovating a 1920's bungalow in Asheville, NC, golfing as much as humanly possible, watching the Cubs win a World Series, and enjoying time with his nine beautiful grandchildren.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Georgean Gleason; children, David (Stacey Meekins) Gleason, Katy (Rob) Estrada, Peter (Rachelle) Gleason, Kristine (Jason) Nagy; grandchildren Spencer Gleason, Ella Estrada, Eli Estrada, Lucas Estrada, Jonah Gleason, Mayah Gleason, Noah Gleason, Cameron Nagy, and Lydia Nagy.

Along with his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by his brother, Roderick Gleason and his sister, Marilu Anderson.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 10 AM until time of service 12 PM at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Me. Gleason was a saint to have one of the rowdiest second grade classes at Freeman and then follow us to the sixth grade 4 years later. Truly saddened to hear of his passing as he was a great teacher.

Posted by D J - Aurora, IL - Student   November 23, 2018

David and Stacey: I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May his great memories stay with you forever.

Posted by Jim Considine - Chicago, IL - Friend   November 20, 2018

We're very sorry to hear of Mr. Gleason's passing. Our daughter was in his 2nd grade class at Freeman years ago, and we remember him as a kind person who truly enjoyed teaching. Blessings for peace and comfort to your family.

Posted by Bossert Family - Sugar Grove   November 19, 2018

I was saddened to hear this news. I taught with Bruce at Freeman and he taught my daughter. I have nothing but great memories of him. He was a caring teacher and peer who was always so positive. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God hold you in the palm of his hands.

Posted by Susan Tyrrell - Dixon, IL   November 19, 2018

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. At this difficult time, may you find a measure of comfort at Matthew 5:4 in the days ahead.

Posted by M T    November 17, 2018

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you. May God comfort and keep you close to him in this time of sorrow and great loss.

Love, Tim and Cheri White

Posted by Cheryl White - Aurora, IL - Coworker   November 16, 2018

We're so sorry to hear of the passing of your loved Father. Our thoughts are with you and your entire family! With Love, Brian & Sullie

Posted by Erin Sullivan - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Friend   November 16, 2018

My sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your love one. May the God of comfort be with you during this sad occasion and may his loving words at John 6:40 console your heart.

Posted by Z L    November 16, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was such a good neighbor and we will miss seeing him out working in his beautiful yard.
Wil and Sarah Rowold

Posted by Sarah Rowold - Aurora, IL - Neighbor   November 15, 2018

Bruce was a wonderful colleague of mine at Freeman School. He always had a smile on his face which made everyone else smile! I am so saddened for Bruce's family's loss. May the wonderful memories of him bring comfort to all of his family. RIP, Bruce, RIP.

Posted by Lynne Reilly - Wauconda, IL - Coworker   November 15, 2018

I'm so sorry for the families loss. Prayers and hugs!

Posted by Christine Gorman-Adamson - Joliet, IL - Family   November 15, 2018

I consider myself lucky to have had Mr. Gleason as my art teacher at Goodwin many years ago. I was not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but Mr. Gleason always found something positive to say about my work. He always had a positive attitude and I enjoyed my time in his art room. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Posted by Nichole (Dawson) Roberts - Aurora, IL   November 14, 2018

I was fortunate to transfer to Freeman School and into Mr. Gleason's classroom in the 4th grade. He made me so very welcome and encouraged the other students to do the same. Coincidentally, I was a 3rd grade student of Mrs. Gleason's at McCleery the previous year. I have remembered both over my life as two of my favorite teachers. My deepest condolences on the loss of this wonderful man.

Posted by Jeanne Bodor Larson - Aurora, IL   November 14, 2018

Bruce was a valued colleague and friend at Freeman School. His professional skills in art and in teaching touched so many. His legacy will be carried on not only with his children and grandchildren, but in all those who were taught by Bruce throughout his career. My condolences and warm, loving wishes to the family.

Posted by Rick Johnson - Wonder Lake, IL - Coworker   November 14, 2018

I am so very sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I pray for your comfort and peace at this difficult time.

Posted by Debbie White - Laurie, MO   November 13, 2018

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