About Skip Gleavey
George “Skip” Gleavey was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 26, 1945 to Elizabeth Anna Gleavey and George M. Gleavey, Sr. He attended Bishop Thomas F. Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island where he served as Junior Class Vice-President, represented his school at local Kiwanis Luncheons and excelled in sports such as football and baseball as well as displayed excellence in his academics.
The Gleaveys, Christmas 2007
After his high school graduation, Skip continued his education and athletic pursuits at the University of Rhode Island. After two academic years, he left college to join the U.S. Marine Corps, during which service Skip rose to the rank of Sergeant in less than two years. With his duty served, Skip returned to school, attending the Community College of Rhode Island at Warwick where he graduated on the Dean’s List. Skip’s career began very soon after graduation and he devoted the next 30 years of his livelihood working for several companies in the northeast as Director of Customer Service and Business Development. Until his recent accident, Skip managed an Armored Transport company in Southern California. In 2001 Skip moved to California and then married Denise Andrus, his sweetheart of 20 years, in 2003. Both have sons from previous marriages that were born six months apart and have grown the family by three grandchildren.
During the course of a Century bike ride on August 16, 2008, Skip broke his back and is now paralyzed from the waist down. Undaunted, he will soon begin training with the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
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