Remembering William Gladu

William “Willie” Joseph Gladu, aged 75, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024.  He was a beloved father, grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. 

Willie was a loving father to Allison (Jim), Andrea (Andressa) and extremely proud grandfather to Taylor, Benjamin, Jimmy and Amy. Predeceased by his parents, Marcel and Marjorie and his sister Theresa. He is survived by his former wife Karen-Gayle (Lindsay), brother Rene (Liz) and sister Anne (Pat). 

Willie was born on October 13, 1948, in Trois-Rivières Quebec, but moved around with his Military family until they settled in Montreal, Quebec.  He went on to attend McGill University where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education

Willie dedicated his 35-year career to working with the Correctional Service of Canada. During his service, he worked with dedicated and hardworking staff at Collins Bay Institution, Regional Headquarters, Kingston Penitentiary, The Regional Treatment Centre, Prison for Women, Beaver Creek and Fenbrook Institutions.  During this time, he held multiple positions, which included, but were not limited to Classification Officer, Principal, Assistant Warden, Deputy Warden and Acting Warden.

Beyond his professional accomplishments he was a devoted family man who loved his children and grandchildren very much.  His favourite saying was “I’m your man in Moscow” which meant that no matter what, he was there to help you with every family situation!  He was also his Grandchildren’s number 1 fan and wouldn’t miss any event that they participated in, even if it was in the pouring rain, or at the coldest arena in town. 

Willie, in his spare time, enjoyed collecting first edition books, antiques and sharing hilarious stories with close friends.  He was also a lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan who happily passed along his passion for the Habs to his children and grandchildren. 

William’s family will receive family and friends on Wednesday, February 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd., Kingston. As per William’s request, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

In lieu of fresh cut flowers, we ask that you consider a potted plant so we can create a memory garden for our Dad, filled with love from his family and friends.

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