Daniel L. Gleason, 80, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Advent Health in Ocala, Florida following a brief illness. He was born in Bolivar, NY on July 31, 1941 the son of the late Burdette and Mary (Kalkhof) Gleason. On September 6, 1962 in Olean he married his wife of 49 years, Patricia Piper, who predeceased him on April 13, 2012.
Dan graduated from Wellsville high school in 1959. He was the plant manager for McCulloch Mite-E-Lite in Wellsville until it was sold to Black & Decker. He then founded Employee Services in 1983. The organization began as a program that assisted employees who were struggling with substance abuse to get proper treatment and retain their employment. In 1985, Employee Services was incorporated, increasing services to include assistance for behavioral health, mental health, substance abuse, and financial and legal problems. Under Dan’s leadership, the company grew while helping thousands of employees across the country and into Canada. Today, Employee Services helps tens of thousands of employees each year and is one of the nation’s most comprehensive employee assistance programs.
Dan sold Employee Services Inc. and retired in 2001, splitting his time between Crossville, Tennessee and Ocala, Florida. An active athlete who also appreciated the arts. Dan enjoyed hiking, swimming, biking, playing cards with friends and attending plays at the Cumberland County Playhouse. He was also an avid pickle-ball player who loved competition.
He is survived by: a brother, William (Beverly) Gleason; a sister, Jane (Dan) Hartman; a son, Lance (Marlene) Gleason; two grandchildren, Amanda (Brian) Preston and Steven Frungillo Jr.; six great-grandchildren, Serena (Damien) DaHill, Collin, Benjamin, Alexis, Brynn & Lydia Preston; a son-in-law, Steven Frungillo Sr.; and a dear friend, Cara White. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by: a daughter, Melinda Frungillo; and a sister, Gail.
Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville, NY. A celebration of life is being planned, and will be announced at a later date.
Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany Counsel on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, 3084 Trapping Brook Road, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com