Rev. Robert E. GATELY


GATELY, Rev. Robert E. 89, of Sun City Center, passed away June 9, 2014. He was born in Watertown, MA and was ordained May 22, 1952 by Bishop Michael Ready at the former St. Charles Seminary in Columbus. He served as assistant pastor at Columbus Holy Cross (1952), Marion St. Mary (1952-54) Coshocton Sacred Heart (1954-56), and New Lexington St. Rose (1956) churches as a temporary substitute at the Church of the Atonement in Crooksville and Columbus St. Aloysius (both in 1956), and as chaplain at the former Mercy Hospital in Mount Vernon before becoming a chaplain in the Navy in 1958. Before retiring from the military in 1979, he served with the Navy and the Marines in California, Florida, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Okinawa. His sea duty included tours on the guided missile cruiser USS Topeka and with the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. He has served the Diocese of St. Petersburg, at parishes in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Dunedin and Sun City Center, and as a member of that Diocese's Tribunal. Survivors include his nephew, Michael Gately and his wife, Allie and many grand-nieces and nephews. Vigil 4-7 pm Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Boulevard, Sun City Center. Burial with military honors at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota. Arrangements Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla (813) 634-9900
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 11, 2014
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