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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > May-August > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Massachusetts District 1 Administrator Don Gleason

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Massachusetts District 1 Administrator Don Gleason

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Massachusetts District 1 Administrator Don Gleason

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Little League International mourns the passing of Don Gleason, Massachusetts District 1 Administrator.

Mr. Gleason, 77, of Pittsfield, Mass., was Massachusetts District 1 Administrator for 26 years. He started his service to Little League in 1968, as President of the North Little League in Pittsfield. Mr. Gleason also was President of the Pittsfield Little League.

A 1952 graduate of St. Joseph High School and a 1953 graduate of Cranwell Preparatory school, Mr. Gleason later attended Providence College. A three-sport athlete at St. Joseph High School and Cranwell, he also played basketball for Providence College.

Serving in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958, Mr. Gleason was as a member of the armored-tank division stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash. After completing his military service he held a variety of jobs, prior to his hire by the Pittsfield School Department where he worked until his retirement in January of 1999.

His work in youth sports positively impacted the lives of thousands of boys and girls in Pittsfield and beyond. Over the years, he was the recipient of countless civil and diocesan awards for his service, including being named to the diocese of Springfield's Circle of Stewards in 2006.

Mr. Gleason is survived by Patricia, his wife of 51 years, five children, James, Melinda, Nancy Kate and Donna, all of Pittsfield; and nine grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Jane Gleason Cyr, and her husband, Deacon Ralph Cyr, along with several nieces and nephews and many cousins.