Paul Gary Gluck, 78, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 24, surrounded by his family at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, Florida. Born the youngest of five children to Frederick and Hazel Gluck, Paul carved out a truly remarkable life for himself.
After graduating from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy in 1965, Paul married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Gringer. For the next 55 years they were inseparable. Together they raised three children, celebrated five grandchildren and ran a business. In 1968, Paul purchased Alberty Drugs in Batavia, which began a long career caring for members of the community he so loved. Paul found great fulfillment in helping people and he worked hard every day to serve his patients with care and compassion. After friends and family, Paul’s great passion in life was golf. A longtime member of Stafford Country Club, Paul cherished his time spent on the golf course with friends. Heaven was an early tee time on a clear, sunny morning. Much to his family’s enjoyment, cooking was another passion he pursued. For Paul, cooking was one of the ways he expressed his love, so he took a special joy cooking for the people in his life.
Paul would want mentioned the fact that, as a young man, he enjoyed acting and was a member of the Batavia Players for many years. Of course, Paul was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan. Together with his best friend, the late Trav Minor, he was a season ticketholder for decades. With Paul and Trav, hope sprang eternal — they always believed that “this is the year we go all the way.” In retirement, Paul enjoyed spending his summers at Chautauqua Institution and his winters in Florida at The Villages. Wherever he was, Paul always had a circle of friends that he relished spending time with. Of course, this usually involved golf and cooking.
For those who knew him, Paul will be remembered as a dedicated father and grandfather, a loving husband and a caring friend. He was always quick with a smile, a joke, or a story. Making people happy gave him his greatest pleasure. Paul genuinely enjoyed life and was full of an optimism that was hard to resist.
Paul is survived by the love of his life and wife of 55 years, Lorraine (Gringer) Gluck. He was a dedicated father to Gregory (Mary) Gluck, Stephanie (Matthew) Mortellaro and David Gluck; and a loving grandfather to Madison, Natalie and Paul Gluck and Mateo and Tiago Mortellaro. Paul is also survived by his brother David (Joanne) Gluck, sister Lorraine (Everett) Harris and sister-in-law J. Carol (Gringer) Bergstrom.
Paul is predeceased by his parents, Frederick and Hazel Gluck, his brother, Gordon and his sister Alma.
There will be no calling hours. A private funeral is planned.