Tony Richard Gladman, 69, passed away on May 17, 2017. He was born on April 20, 1948 in Augusta, Georgia, youngest child of Fairy Belle Gladman and Robert H. Gladman. He studied architecture at Hampton Institute in Virginia, before marrying Harriette Marie Reid in 1967. The couple had their first child in 1970 and soon moved to Atlanta, Georgia where they had two more daughters in 1971 and 1977. Tony worked for twenty-three years at Norfolk Southern Railroad and finished his career as a self-employed businessman. He loved chess and other challenging games, stimulating debates, rebuilding his beloved truck and working with his hands. He could build or fix just about anything. Pancreatic cancer took him much too soon but now he is free. Tony is survived by his daughters Vanessa, Renee and Gwendolyn; his former wife and dearest friend Harriette; his brother Robert and sister Gwendolyn; his nieces Velice, Krista and Angela; and many friends and extended family who loved and cared for him. We will miss him greatly and love him always. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please make donations to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research at in memory of him.

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  1. I will truly and dearly miss my fix-it-all
    brother-in-law. You was always a call
    away.Always lending a helping hand.
    May God forever bless the family and bring His comfort. We will miss you.

  2. I will truly and dearly miss my fix-it-all
    brother-in-law. You was always a call
    away.Always lending a helping hand.
    May God forever bless the family and bring His comfort. We will miss you.
    The Carson Family

  3. To my dearest Daddy. He always made me feel so special and so loved and was always there for me. I know in my heart he always will be. I was one of his angels and now he’ll always be mine. I love you Daddy with all that I am…all my heart.

  4. My brother in law Tony. You always had a stimulating conversation. You were insightful and a deep thinker. You were rare and one of a kind. Thank you for all those handyman trips you made to the house to do what I could not do. Antoinette and I will truly miss your coming to help us. I will always remember your famous words to Antoinette “awh Antoinette” May the God who grants comfort give that to your family. May the God who grants understanding give that to your friends. May the God who grants release from this life to the next give that to you, Tony Richard Gladman.

  5. I am still at a loss for words. “I’m sorry” just doesn’t seem to offer or convey the sentiments of comfort to my cousins at this time. I will always remember Uncle Tony smiling and having the coolest swagger. He was just a good and cool man and more men should aspire to have his heart, temperament and nature. I always admired and loved the way he adored his girls. I hate that life and adulthood got in the way of us being able to see each other more often as we got older, but he was never forgotten. I am so thankful that I got to see and spend time with you to see your smile, hear your drawl and just appreciate your presence. I am heartbroken that you were taken from us, but thankful for the time you were here to touch our lives. You definitely touched mine. To my cousins, Vanessa, Renee and Gwen, I love you always and know that a special angel is now among us watching. Rest well Uncle Tony.


  6. To the Gladman Family: The Moore family would like to say how sorry we are at the passing of Tony. May God take you in his arms and give you love and grace at this hour. For now there is weeping but know that with God joy will come in the morning. Remember these words: Be still and know that Jesus is Lord. May your family find peace and comfort .

  7. Always dreaming about this message, Jn 14:19: “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.”

    Tony Richard Gladman now lives with us in this moment because we are here in this moment. We accept that Tony is now in a place where his spirit and soul will be call upon to now be that innovator for the greater good of mankind.

    Always with Love,

    Frances, Jocelyn, Keith, Drew and Kenneth Reid


  9. Tony was a good man. He was always nice to me and my family. My dear cousin’s you are all in my prayers.

  10. I am heartbroken at this time. I am going to miss my brother. Tony was a good man. Even though growing up I thought we had very little in common, but as I look back, we had love for similar things. He like to fix things and so did I. He was adventurous with his motorcycle and car racing and I with hiking and skiing.

    My brother’s calm, sensible and realistic approach to life was reflected in any discussions or debates we had. It is also what allowed him to deal with his diagnosis and focus on making the best of what it was in the time he had. From the initial diagnosis, I thought I had more time to spend with him. When he called to give me an update on the status of his condition and told me he had two to four weeks, he remained calm while I was a bit emotional, His words were “It is what it is”. I am forever grateful to Gwen for ensuring that he was provided the best care during his illness . In his words, “In her hands, I have nothing to worry about”. He was so proud of all of his daughters and smiled when he talked about them.

    Even though we didn’t get to see each other enough due to distance, I am happy that I got to spend time with him in his final days to talk, smile and just be with him. I will miss my brother, Tony. Rest easy and as you used to say, “Love you, bro”.


  11. Tony was a good father. He really loved his girls and he made sure that they knew it. Need more father’s in the world like that. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  12. Harriett and Girls I extend sincere condolences to each of you on the loss of Tony. I didn’t know him too well but he
    was a very friendly young man who always had a smile. I know you will miss him but always remember earth has no
    sorrow that heaven cannot heal. You are in my prayers.

  13. May the Peace of the Lord be with Tony, his Family, and us all.
    I too have been friends with Tony, his Mother, his Brother and his Sister for as long
    as I have lived. Tony was a wonderful , intelligent man, the world will miss.

  14. To my former I.C.A. classmate, Gwendolyn Gladman Barnes, I am sending my deepest sympathy to you and the family.
    I remember Tony as a fun loving young man, along with my brother Oscar, who had a great sense of humor during those days at I.C.A.
    I believe that Tony is ” safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast, there by His love over shaded, sweetly his soul shall rest.”

  15. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I wish you healing and peace.
    I hope you feel surrounded by much love.
    We are so sorry for your loss.

  16. We pray the love for the lost is forever carried in your memory.
    Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.
    May the memory of Tony Richard Gladman bring you comfort and peace.
    Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

  17. To Robert Gladman and family:
    Words can never express our sorrow when a loved one leaves us. However, we will experience the message from Ecclesiastes 3:4. This may be your time to weep, but you will one day laugh when you think about the wonderful memories your loved one left behind. It is okay to mourn the loss. This too will pass. God will comfort and heal all sadness.

  18. I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of my cousin, Tony. We grew up playing together as children and hanging out as teens. Adulthood took us to different parts of the country and unfortunately, we lost time with each other and track of each other. Of course, we always think that we’ll have time to catch up. I wanted to get to know your incredible daughters and get re- aqauinted with Harriette, my classmate. We never know what God has in store for us. He has called you to be one of his angels. Please watch over us all. Harriette, Vanessa, Renee and Gwen, – May God’s love and mercy guide you through this time in your lives. Lean on each other for support and trust in His wisdom to grant you the peace that you seek.
    Your cousin, Diane Fortson Shorey

  19. I am a friend of Bob, his brother, and am so sorry for your loss. Hope the feelings and prayers during this time will comfort you doing this time.

    Pam Fetsch

  20. To the Gladman Family:
    I am very sorry for your loss. Tony and my late husband Gerald Thompson were very good friends and Tony was also the best man at our wedding. Tony and Gerald spent a lot of time riding and fixing their motorcycles together.
    I pray that God will keep you strong.

  21. We share comfort in knowing Tony is no longer suffering. We send thoughts of sympathy and support to you as you begin your journey without him.

    Maggie Hill and Brady Hill Grant

  22. To the Gladman Family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers during this difficult time.
    Peace and Blessings

  23. I am so sorry to hear of the death of Tony. Tony was a very quiet, studious and respectful young man during his ICA days. It is always such a loss to hear of the death of such a wonderful person. My brother Arthur (a classmate) and my sisters Carolina and Freddie Mae send our deepest sympathy to the Gladman family. Rest in peace dear friend.

  24. There are no word to express the loss I feel. Tony was a hugh part of my life and that space still feel very empty. He approach his death Tony’s way realistically as I had witnessed him with each of his life’s turns. Over the years I appreciated the unique person God created him to be. I thank God for allowing me to meet, love, and respect this strong black man.

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