Gates (formerly of Geneva): Age 91, passed peacefully on August 26, 2019 with family at his side. Beloved husband of 64+ years, father & grandfather. John is survived by his wife Mary Ellen; daughters Patti Carter & Ellen (Samuel) Crisanti; grandchildren Angela (Wesley) Bennett, Andrea (Henry) Deras, Amanda (John) Ferriter, Nicole (James) Grigg & Dominic Carter; 8 great-grandchildren; sister Elizabeth (William) Morrison; sister-in-law Irene McManus; nieces; nephews & cousins. John served as Director of Public Works for the Town of Gates for over 30 years until his retirement. He was a 40 year member of the Gates Lions Club & American Legion Geneva Winnek Post #396. In his younger years, John was an accomplished drummer. His enthusiasm for life & gift for laughter will be remembered by all who knew him.
Friends may call Thursday, August 29 from 5-7 pm at the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Rd, Rochester, NY 14624. Funeral Mass Friday, August 30 at 11 am at St. Pius X Church, 3010 Chili Avenue in Rochester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to a charity of choice.