John E. (Jack) Gates, Age 88 of Patrick Place, Warsaw, NY formerly of Castile, died Nov. 18, 2012 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.
He was born June 27, 1924 in Sterlingville, NY son of the late Raymond and Lucy Marcott Gates. His paternal grandparents were George and Catherine Gormley Gates and maternal grandparents were Charles and Catherine Dalton Marcott, all of Sterlingville.
He was a veteran of the US Army Air Force having served during WWII as Staff Sgt. He was a turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber based in Italy and completed 50 missions over enemy occupied territory. Jack received the Air Medal Award and the Oak Leaf Cluster for outstanding achievement. Jack and his wife, Georgette Cousineau Gates, lived in Clayton NY upon his return from WWII while working at NY Airbrake and then he bought and operated Ray Slates ice delivery business which he ran until 1953. Jack and his family moved to Castile NY. He owned and operated Gates Transport in Perry NY for many years. He also worked in maintenance at Attica Correctional Facility and Letchworth State Park. He was a former member of the Perry Chamber of Commerce and served on the Castile Town Board.
Surviving are his wife, Georgette, his children, Sharon (Dan) Crawford of Chili, Linda Vallance of Batavia, Christopher (Judy) Gates of Jacksonville, FL, Scott Gates of Batavia, Patrick (Susan) Gates of Silver Lake; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister Veronica (Thomas) Bogenschutz of Clayton. Two daughters predeceased him Peggy Sullivan and Deborah McGinnis as well as his sisters Marlene Drake and Reba Perkins and brothers Carlton, Clifford and George Gates.
Services were private. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight Rochester Inc. PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692.