George Gates

George Irving Gates, Jr.

Sunday, November 27th, 1927 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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George Irving Gates, Jr., 92, of Louisville, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at his home.

Born in Louisville to the late Adelaide Reisert and George Irving Gates, Sr., he was retired as owner and operator of Gates Automotive on Bardstown Road. George was a graduate of St Joseph Preparatory School in Bardstown and St. Xavier High School (Class of 1945) and was a long-time member of St Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church. He served 27 years with the Highland Outreach Program for Older Persons, and was a longtime volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and many other organizations. In 2009 he received a Bell Award for Outstanding Community Service from WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation.
George was reliable, trustworthy, and generous in work and in life; he lived not for himself but for others; many were inspired and even shaped by his own life ethic and standard. In a very complex world, his goodness and kindness were a simple but profound gift.

George was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jo Ann “Jody” Ritter Gates; and two brothers, Bill and Tom Gates.
He is survived by his daughters, JoAnn Gates and Mary Clare Heuser (Vincent); sons, Paul R. Gates (Marie Franchett), David R. Gates, and Robert K. Gates (Melissa); two brothers, Jack (Pat, dec.), and Jim (Judy) Gates; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, Monday July 6, 2020 at St. Raphael the Archangel Church, 2900 Bardstown Rd, with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 PM Sunday, July 5 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd.

The family seeks the wellbeing of George’s many friends and colleagues during this time of pandemic. Social distancing and the wearing of masks is required at all events. Those who prefer to attend the funeral remotely are welcome to do so via livestream on the Facebook page of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Parish.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Nazareth Home, Habitat for Humanity, Highlands Community Ministries, and St. Xavier High School.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Highlands Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    Louisville 40205
  • Service

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Raphael Catholic Church
    2141 Lancashire Avenue
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Karen Shacklette

Posted at 05:51pm
Dear JoAnn,

Your mom and dad were always so good to me. They were really two of the kindest people I have ever known. My deepest sympathies.

Karen Shacklette

Bob Adelberg

Posted at 06:45pm
The Gates family has impacted more than 75 years of our lives. I attended St. James and later St. X with several brothers and his boys George was a pillar of the community. He lived life as it was meant to be lived. Through the years he became a model for me.
My mother, Milner, trusted George with the maintenance of her cars. He was a true pleasure to work with. George was always an addition to every gathering. I credit him with raising the Gates boys the right way!
I've been on chemo since March 17th for leukemia. Factoring in my almost 83 years I have double comorbidity and cannot visit out. I remember George daily in our TV Mass of the Air. God did us a favor when he kept him with us so long. Bob Adelberg

Bridget Bunning

Posted at 04:06pm
Dear Gates Family,
I'm so sorry that I was out of town when George passed and had his arrangements. Please know that you are all in my prayers and I send love. Your dad was always so gracious and appreciative of any little thing! He was such a gentleman in the best sense of the word. We will greatly miss his presence here at Nazareth Home!
Bridget Bunning
(Director of Pastoral Care & Mission-Nazareth Home)

Matt Greenlee

Posted at 07:58am
Thinking of the Gates Family as you prepare to celebrate George’s life and say goodbye. I will always fondly remember going to the 1982 World’s Fair and camping in the Smokies with George, Jody and Robert (and their friends). Who doesn’t love looking out the back window of a family “truckster” while heading toward adventures! Peace to you all.

Rev James Hackett

Posted at 05:49am
George was truly a good steward and a great help at St. Raphael. He was always there to help during my time there. I was truly blessed and grateful to have George as a member of the parish. I am sorry that I was not able to attend his final Eucharistic celebration. I shall remember him and the family at Mass in the coming days. FR. Jim Hackett

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