How He Died:
Suddenly, unexpectedly, and in his sleep at home on July 19, 2019
How He Lived:
Gerry was born on May 4, 1950. He was the oldest child of Rachel Bressler Glickman and Charles Glickman (pre-deceased), and grew up with his sisters Debbie and Robin in Massapequa and Wantagh, Long Island, NY. As a kid, he was a star athlete who kept the bullies in check. He double-majored in Sociology and Psychology at Queens College, where he met Sheila DeSalvo. They were study partners who continued to date for 5 years, before marrying and having their children, Gena and Brian. Gerry and Sheila were blessed to enjoy 43 years of a beautiful marriage.
Soon after beginning their family in Queens, Gerry and Sheila moved upstate to Blooming Grove, NY. They spent 36 years living there until just recently, when they sold their house and moved down to Frederick, MD in order to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Gerry spent a number of years working in retail management before beginning his career with the United States Postal Service. He spent 37 years with the post office, including his final 10 as the Postmaster of various post offices throughout Orange and Dutchess counties. He retired in 2017 as the Postmaster of the Glenham office.
While his children were growing up, Gerry coached basketball with the CYO program in Washingtonville, NY, where he emphasized sportsmanship over winning. He was a devoted parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Washingtonville, where he served for many years as a seventh grade catechist, President of Nocturnal Adoration, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector.
Gerry is survived by Sheila Glickman, his wife of 43 years; his daughter, Gena, her husband, Aaron Steckelberg, and their two children, Cora (8 yo) and Graham (4 yo); his son, Brian, his wife, Meredith, and their two children, Maxwell (6 yo) and Sawyer (4 yo); two sisters, Debbie Goldman, and her husband Ricky, and Robin Peck, and her husband Bobby; 17 nieces and nephews; and countless long-time friends.
It seems so unfair that he should have only 69 years here on earth, when he was such a good person. He was a man who demonstrated immense love, compassion, selflessness, gratitude, gentleness—everything we only need more of in this world. If you knew him, you loved him. And if you loved him, please honor him by doing your part to replace that which has been lost. If we were all to be even just a little kinder, a little more thoughtful, a little more pure of heart, we could pool those qualities, and we still wouldn’t be able to replicate his beautiful soul; however, it is certain that Gerry would humbly appreciate it.
Visitation will be held at David T. Ferguson’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 23rd from 7-9pm, and Wednesday, July 24th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Washingtonville on Thursday, July 25th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Covenant House New York (https://ny.covenanthouse.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/)