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“Thinking about you, Mary. Hope you are well--maybe our paths will cross in STL sometime. Blessings, Leslie ”
1 of 43 | Posted by: Leslie McKay - denver, CO

“When our family heard of Tom's illness, we began for him and his family. We prayed a 54 day rosary novena for him- 27 days of petition, 27 days of...Read More »
2 of 43 | Posted by: Rose Mazar - Prospect, KY

“Dear Mary and Family.. My heart goes out to you, Your in my prayers. I will miss Tom. He was wonderful. I wish we had more time to spend together....Read More »
3 of 43 | Posted by: charlotte & Bob Giannini - RI

“While it was a long time ago, I enjoyed being witness to the beginning of Tom and Mary's love story. That story continues. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
4 of 43 | Posted by: leslie mckay - Denver, CO

“Dear Billy, Jackie, Mary and children, I was so saddened when I heard of the passing of Tommy. Tom as I remember was always the fun loving one. ...Read More »
5 of 43 | Posted by: vicky gomes - tiverton, RI

“I am very sorry for your loss, Tom was a superb pilot and wonderful person. ”
6 of 43 | Posted by: Jill Nelson - pensacola, FL

“I was a childhood friend of Tom and Tim. We all went to Davisville Elementary and Middle School together. I have fun memories of both brothers. I had...Read More »
7 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Cleary-Lombardo - CA

“Dear Jackie, Bill and family, We are so sorry on the loss of your son, Tom, and wish we could be together to comfort you. Please know that our...Read More »
8 of 43 | Posted by: The Legion of Mary - RI

“Dear Mary and Family, Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow for your loss of Tom. Tom and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
9 of 43 | Posted by: Jim, Paula, Shannon and Elise Sexton - LA

“Here I am sitting here in Ct. on a beautiful hot/steamy day...the day of Tom's wake...still can't believe that he has been taken from us..thought for...Read More »
10 of 43 | Posted by: Aurel (AL) Bussiere - Cromwell, CT

“I weep for your great loss,Tom was a very nice person to work with,we did a lot of trips together to the west coast. one of his favorite resturants...Read More »
11 of 43 | Posted by: scott andrew johnson - FL

“Mary, Tess, Kevin, Julie, Jimmy, Coleen & Paul, We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Tom. We can truly say we are better people...Read More »
12 of 43 | Posted by: The Puopolo Family - Pittsburgh, PA

“An a-one person. A total winner. I flew with Tom a few times and he was the best. I was born in Richmond, Ky so we came from common roots. I just...Read More »
13 of 43 | Posted by: Wade Charnock - Topsha, ME

“Dear Mary and family, I cannot grasp how a family where all the family members have given back so much to the parish and the community can be...Read More »
14 of 43 | Posted by: Christine Poelma, Stephan Korner & family - KY

“My deepest sympathies to the entire Gates family, our Family and the Gates grew up in North Kingstown and played many athletic events together. MY...Read More »
15 of 43 | Posted by: Grass Family - North Kingstown, RI

“My thoughts and prayers will be with your family... I remember playing Little League with Tom like it was yesterday!!! ”
16 of 43 | Posted by: Patrick Grass - Chesapeake, VA

“Please know that during this extremely difficult and heart breaking time, many thoughts and prayers, from Utah, are being sent to your family. We...Read More »
17 of 43 | Posted by: Barbara Gordon - Ogden, UT

“Mary and family,Although we have not been fortunate enough to see you all often, our short visits - primarily at the Daly caroling party and at...Read More »
18 of 43 | Posted by: Bill and Janet Norton - KY

“Rest in Peace Tom. Many prayers of peace and strength to the Gates family. From all who knew Tom at Notre Dame and in Pangborn, God Bless. Psalm...Read More »
19 of 43 | Posted by: Thomas E. Jennings - Austin, TX

“Hello, this is Tom's Godmother, Aunt Theresa. I have so many wonderful memories of Tom growing up, along with his brothers Timothy and Christopher. ...Read More »
20 of 43 | Posted by: Theresa Noel

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this sad time. Tom is now in the arms of Christ and will look after you always. He was the...Read More »
21 of 43 | Posted by: Jane and Tom Sheeran - RI

“Tom will always be remembered.He had a heart of gold and was always kind.I will miss you.Even though you lived far away you were always in my...Read More »
22 of 43 | Posted by: Stephen A Leonardo - syracuse, NY

“Our thoughts, love and prayers to Mary and the children. Jeff so enjoyed flying with Tom and thought the world of him. ”
23 of 43 | Posted by: teri connelly - Kalaheo, HI

“Dear Mary & children - I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved Tom. Works cannot express the shock or sadness that I am feeling for you...Read More »
24 of 43 | Posted by: Caryn Christiansen ( Ball ) - MA

“Dear Mary and family,I'm very sad to hear of Tom's passing. I have great memories of sitting around the VT-31 wardroom sharing stories. Tom makes...Read More »
25 of 43 | Posted by: Mike Clark - Alexandria, VA

“Tom was a great pilot, Naval Officer, and friend. The Navy and VP-8 were stronger organizations as a result of his service, and no doubt he had the...Read More »
26 of 43 | Posted by: Chris Ryan - Southlake, TX

“Mary & Family, My deepest condolences on your loss. I have many memories of Tom as a Squadron/Crew Mate and friend from our time together with VP-8...Read More »
27 of 43 | Posted by: Dan Rowe, LCDR, USNR (ret) - LA

“Dear Mrs. Gates, Tess, Kevin, Julie, Jimmy, Colleen, and Paul: My heart aches for you at the loss of your husband and father. Mr. Gates was was an...Read More »
28 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Kate Daly

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and with Tom. Heaven truly has gain a valiant angel. with LoveDave and Joan ”
29 of 43 | Posted by: Dave & Joan Bussiere - Middlebury, CT

“Your family is (has been) so very much in our prayers. Know that 3 Masses are being offered for the repose of Tom's soul at Old St. Mary's in...Read More »
30 of 43 | Posted by: Kevin Downes Family - Louisville, KY

“Although we are in Alabama, our hearts are with you in Kentucky. Sending you many prayers and many hugs. The Imorde Family George, Jennifer, Embry...Read More »
31 of 43 | Posted by: Jen Imorde

“Your family will remain in our prayers. May all of you have the peace of Christ in your hearts. ”
32 of 43 | Posted by: Rick and Martha Redman family - KY

“Tom - you will be missed so dearly and I can't believe you are really gone. Aunt Jackie & Uncle Billy, Mary & kids - our love to you all. I will see...Read More »
33 of 43 | Posted by: Jenny Hollis - Forest, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May your faith and the great memories of Tom help you through the roughest...Read More »
34 of 43 | Posted by: Joan Stoker - Greenwood, MO

“Mary, I am a friend and colleague of John Fusto. John since the very beginning of Tom's diagnosis has asked me to keep your family in prayer,...Read More »
35 of 43 | Posted by: Father Shenan J Boquet - VA

“Dear Mary, Tess, Kevin, Julie, Colleen and Paul, Words cannot express how saddened and so very sorry we are for your loss with the passing of Tom. ...Read More »
36 of 43 | Posted by: Todd and Adair Solomon - VA

“Gods peace to the Gates family. May you feel God's peace in your heart and His joy as you know Tom is at home with the Lord ”
37 of 43 | Posted by: Kathy lisciotto - MA

“Our deepest condolences. Our entire family has fond memories of Tom--too many to mention here. God Bless. In the Immaculate Heart of Mary, The...Read More »
38 of 43 | Posted by: John Fusto - Front Royal, VA

“Our heart-felt sympathy to Mary and the entire family. You are in our thoughts, but most especially in our prayers. May God give you His peace. ”
39 of 43 | Posted by: gale crush - Louisville, KY

“Although I'm deeply saddened by Tom passing and my heart aches for his family, I believe that he is with God now; for he was a good and just man. I,...Read More »
40 of 43 | Posted by: Larry Prososki - Lincoln, NE

“Tom....you lived life the right way. First Hendricken,then Notre Dame them the US Navy. You have a wonderful family to watch out for now that you are...Read More »
41 of 43 | Posted by: Mark Richardson - Pownal, ME

“Lord, you have called home one whom you truly love, gone now from this earthly dwelling, leaving behind those who mourn. Grant that as we grieve ...Read More »
42 of 43 | Posted by: Iveta Janszen - cincinnati, OH

“Tom, You were a great friend. You and your accomplishments will live on in the Carson's minds and hearts. I just buried my father on Saturday,I bet...Read More »
43 of 43 | Posted by: Brad Carson - LBTS, FL - Friend


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Gates, Thomas A., age 48. Fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, (July 15, 2013). Beloved husband of Mary Gates (nee Lally); loving father of Tess, Kevin, Juliana, James, Colleen, and Paul Gates; dear son of William and Jacqueline Gates; dear brother of Timothy (Melinda) and Christopher (Heather) Gates; dear nephew, uncle, cousin, son-in law, brother-in law and friend.
Tom graduated from the university of Notre Dame (class of 1986), served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1986 to 1994 and was a UPS pilot since 1994.
Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be 10 am Friday at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 1395 Girard Dr with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 pm Thursday at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home East Louisville, 12900 Shelbyville Rd.
Masses preferred, or contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul of St. Albert's parish or The Schuhmann Center for the Homeless and Needy, 730 E. Gray St. Louisville, KY 40202
www.RattermanS.com