Richard Francis Gluck, age 77, of Pittsfield, Vt., died on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. Dick was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 15, 1938, the son of Sarah Fern Fisher and Frederick Francis Gluck. He attended the Regis School in New York City and graduated from the Brooklyn Preparatory School.
Dick married Noel Finnegan of Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 18, 1971. They spent their honeymoon at the Chalet Killington. While working in New York City, Dick and Noel lived in Rowayton, Conn. Dick was an avid skier and spent most winter weekends at his Pittsfield house skiing Killington with Noel and their numerous friends. He had a small boat and enjoyed fishing in Long Island Sound and cooking his catch.
Dick was also a marathon runner. He ran in seven New York City marathons finishing one marathon in less than three hours! Dick loved to cook and prepare meals for his Christmas Parties and gatherings of friends.
After spending many years working on Wall Street, Dick formed his own headhunting agency. He retired from his business in 1993 and moved to his home in Pittsfield. He worked at the Killington ski area for 12 years as a ski instructor. Not only did he teach skiing, Dick entertained his students and fellow instructors with his humorous stories and jokes. For 12 years, Dick and Noel organized Team Killington to participate in the Komen Race for the Cure. Team Killington raised a significant amount of money for the Cure and received awards for having the largest group of Family and Friends participating in the race. The Glucks’ barbecue at their Pittsfield home for the 100 or more race participants was a highlight of the summer season.
Dick is survived by his wife Noel of 43 years; three brothers: Fred and Linda of Santa Barbara, Cali.; Bill and Arlene of Concord, Mass.; Stephen of Salem, Conn.; and two sisters: Ginna and Charlie of Cherry Hill, N.J. and Gay and Peter of Naples, Fla.
Dick’s passing is the end of an era for the Pittsfield/Killington communities. As that town’s “Unofficial Mayor,” he will be sorely missed. A celebration of Dick’s joyful life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Contribution may be made to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Rutland Humane Society or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to thank all of Dick’s friends for their love and support during his illness.
A celebration of Life will be held Friday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Summit Lodge on Killington Road (the Access Road) in Killington, Vt.