GLOUCESTER – Kenneth S. “Ken” Gleason, 52, of Gloucester passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington following brief illness.
He was born on April 5, 1968, son of the late Kenneth W. and Edith J. (Marques) Gleason. Shawn was an only child but was certainly his parent’s pride and joy.
Ken was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1986, where he played basketball and tennis. He also received his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition.
Exercise and nutrition was a very important part of who he was, which led him to become a trainer at the MAC and at several other locations. He also mentored students in the North Shore area all about fitness and nutrition.
In the world of power lifting, he was involved for over 16 years body building and was known as the “Jackman”. On November 8, 1997, while at the Power Lifting Nationals in Rutland, Vt., he lifted a nice 660lbs and bench pressed 500lbs.
Ken was definitely a people person, no matter where he went like the Blue Marlin, Azorean or the Mile Marker, he could never leave when he wanted to, because that’s what kind of person he was, a socialite. That being said, he was also a bouncer/security for the Mile Marker as well as to some top name celebrities.
In his spare-time he loved taking trips to Maine with his significant other, Denise and hanging with his two dogs, Jazz and Jeannie. He was a big car enthusiast, always having a sport car whether it was a Corvette, a Maserati or his F250 truck. He was a big kid at heart. He also was a savvy investor which was one of his biggest hobbies.
Ken will be remembered for his big personality, being a positive person and a comedian because he had such a great sense of humor. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his significant other of 10 years, Denise Johnson; his cousin, Karen Kennedy and her husband Robert; Tony Porcello, who was like a brother to him; best friend, Sean Hughes; longtime friends, Chip Loring, and Stephen Flannagan; a ton of friends and acquaintances from all over.
In keeping with his wishes, services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit

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