Thomas (Tom) Gates, age 77 of North Benton, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013, at his home.
He was born January 2, 1936, in Uledi, Pennsylvania, to parents Calvin T. and Anna (Wojciechowski) Gates. Tom graduated from South Union High School where he played varsity football. Sports were always a large part of Tom's life. He later played softball and coached football. Tom was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan, and also enjoyed boxing.
Tom proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. He retired as a welder from Lite Metals in Ravenna in 2006. After his retirement, Tom went to work for the Alliance Review and Weaver Industries. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and gardening.
Tom is survived by his son Robert A. (Tracy) Gates of Streetsboro, granddaughter Lauren Gates, brother Ed (Donna) Gates of Uniontown, and many nieces and nephews. As well as his beloved companion of 21 years Rhonda McFrederick and her children: Keith (Jessica) McFrederick and Lisa McFrederick, along with grandchildren Haley and McKayla.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, sister Delores Wyda, brothers Bob and Steve Gates.
Friends will be received Thursday, December 19, 2013, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, where funeral services will be officiated by Pastor Scott Hindel on Friday at 12:00 PM. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro with military honors.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 12-18-13)