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Former Los Gatos Mayor, Councilman, Volunteer Steve Glickman Has Died

He also served on the Los Gatos Union School District Board of Education; his last volunteer work centered around helping teens arrive safely at home.

Former Los Gatos Mayor Steve Glickman has died after a two-year battle with cancer.

Glickman, 67, served for two terms on the Los Gatos Town Council, from 2000 to 2008. During his service on the body he was known for not being afraid to oppose his colleagues on controversial issues.

—aimed at getting stranded teens home safely in town. This year, Glickman expressed concern when the program's number was not printed on thestudents' ID cards.

He also served for many years on the Los Gatos Union School District Board of Education and was a teacher at .

Peggy Dallas, a personal friend, confirmed the death this afternoon and said he would be "greatly missed."

Glickman also served on the board of directors for, a nonprofit organization in town that helps youth.

"His experience and involvement will be greatly missed," Dallas said, co-president of A Place For Teens board of directors.

Los Gatos Councilman Steve Leonardis expressed sadness with the news. "He was a consumate volunteer. He was generous with his time to serve his community ... He was too young to go ... He will be missed," he said.

Leonardis, who's serving his first term on the council, recalled working with Glickman on bringing a skate park to town, which was met with opposition. "He taught me how to get actively involved in your local government," Leonardis added.

Los Gatos Mayor Joe Pirzynski said he had learned of Glickman's death through an email Friday morning from Town Manager Greg Larson. "It came as a complete surprise and shock," the mayor said, adding that the news has also stunned many people who had worked with Glickman and who had no idea he was ill.

"He was a very dedicated council person. He always had an intelligent, analytical approach to the issues which the Council and the town dealt with," Pirzynski said.

He noted Glickman's primary focus was to help local youth have a voice and their needs addressed. "That was hallmark of his membership on the Council," Pirzynski added. "He kept that focus after retiring from the Council working with the Teen Center and always directing his attention to what the town could do to better recognize and assist the youth of the community. That's what he'll always be remembered for."

Councilwoman Diane McNutt praised Glickman for not being afraid "to stand up for what he believed was right for this community. My heartfelt sympathy goes to his wife, Judy, and his family."

Calls to Glickman's home were not immediately returned and many town officials said they had heard the sad news, but weren't ready to talk about it.

Maria Ristow November 04, 2011 at 09:58 PM
I'm really sorry to hear this. Steve was a champion for the teens and youth in this town.
Mckenna Smith November 04, 2011 at 10:56 PM
This is really sad ... :( Lots of young people in town love Mr. Glickman. My heart goes out to his family.
MichaelJ November 04, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Who will advocate so passionately for our local youth now? My deepest condolences to the Glickman family. Our prayers go out to you during your time of grief.
carol musser November 04, 2011 at 11:54 PM
So sorry to hear about Steve. He was passionate about the issues and concerns he supported. He was a voice that was heard and needed, whether you agreed or disagreed.
Mike Loya November 05, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Steve was a great man, who put the interest of the youth and teens before himself. He and Judy worked so hard to not only bring back the Safe Rides program, but they also worked just about every weekend for the past 5 years. Steve was an inspiration and a good friend. I will always cherish his stories of growing up in the Bronx to living and volunteering in the community. He will be missed.....my condolences to Judy and the boys.
Jim Thrall November 05, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Steve's efforts supporting our local youth were many and successful. He has influenced, changed and saved lives through his dedication to making our community a better place for all youth. I met him shortly after arriving in town and enjoyed listening to him participate in the Celtic music night at C.B. Hannegan's singing and playing the Irish drum (bodrahn). I hope his standard will be lifted by others in working for the lives, safety and welfare of teens in Los Gatos. Bon voyage, my friend.

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