It is with much sadness and love; the family announces the passing of Theodore Michael Gates on January 5, 2017 at the age of 83.
His wife of 59 years Patricia Ann Gates and his bother Jerry Gaetz, sister Elinor Cole as well as sons Bill (wife Patti McGhee and grand daughters Natalie and Laura) and James Gates (wife Elizabeth Quinn) lovingly remember Michael.
Michael was born June 10, 1933 in Sudbury, Ontario to Theodore and Elinor Gaetz. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic in 1956.
Mike, as he was known by his brothers, was active in the Masonic Fraternity in Edmonton, where he developed many important relationships and made a significant contribution. He was the Worshipful Master of Empire Lodge in 1981 and 1982. He led District #20 with distinction during his 1984-85 term as District Deputy Grand Master. He was recognized for 50 years of membership and service to Freemasonry on January 4th, 2015.
Michael was a well-respected community member in Edmonton contributing many volunteer hours in Gold Bar and Horizon Village South.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the team of practitioners and care givers at Grandview Capital Care who provided such compassion and support.
As per Michael’s wish, there will be no funeral, however the family will organize a celebration of Michael’s life later in 2017.
In lieu of flowers please make donations directly to the Parkinson Society.