Malcolm Frederick “Fred” Gates peacefully passed away on April 27th, 2016 at age 92. He was preceded in his passing by his wife, Agnes Gauthier Gates.
Fred Gates was born in Nova Scotia on June 15, 1923. He spent his childhood years and attended grade school in Peabody. Fred would also go on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree by attending night school at Northeastern University.
One of Fred’s first employment experiences at the age of 16 was working for Dineen Furniture, which was owned and operated by Agnes’ mother and step-father. In 1941, Fred joined the Army Air Corps (before it became known as the United States Air Force). Fred’s American citizenship was actually made official via Mexico while he was stationed in Arizona. Following his military service, he would later work for leather shops in Peabody, United Shoe Machine and finally for General Electric as technical writer and editor for aircraft engines.
During his time off—Fred enjoyed sailing, skiing, running, camping, fishing, anything and everything pertaining to computers and spending time with his family.
Fred was preceded in his passing by his parents Frank and Bertha, his sisters Doris and Louise; his wife Agnes and his son Bruce. He is survived by his children Sandra Durkee, Ronald Gates, Barbara McLaughlin and Richard Gates. At the time of his passing, Fred had 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Saturday, May 7, from 9:30am to 11:00am at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Middleton, MA. A funeral service will follow at 11:30am at the All Saints Church, Cherry St., Danvers, MA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA, as the family is deeply grateful for the compassionate care given to both Agnes and Fred. Thank you.
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