Jay G. Gates (John George) of Naples, Florida. On Sunday November 18, 2012 Jay took another step on his Christian Faith journey. He was under the care of Avow Hospice at the Arbor Glen care center. Jay G. Gates was born August 15, 1926, the only child of Francis F. and Myra Laupus Gates. Unfortunately, Myra died within months of his birth. He was blessed to have a marvelous step-mother, Sara Gayle Gates, who joined his family in 1928. Jay was raised in Seymour, Indiana, where he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1944 when he was 17. Because WWII
was still being fought, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy
Pilot Training. This Annapolis program was on many University campuses. He was assigned first to DePauw University where he met his future wife Betty Lee Cramer. In 1945 the war ended and only the outstanding students continued in the program. He was then assigned to Purdue University
. In 1947 he received a BS in Naval Science and Tactics and his commission in the Navy. He continued at Purdue and received his BS in Electrical Engineering and did graduate work in Economics. Jay's first employment was with the Cincinnati Gas and Electric Co. He worked a few years in sales for companies that manufactured electrical distribution equipment. This led to living with his wife and 2 children in Jackson, Mississippi. One more son joined the family there. In 1957 he returned to Cincinnati to start his own company, selling several kinds of electrical distribution equipment to utilities and original equipment manufacturing companies. His territory was 2/3 of Ohio, Kentucky and southern Indiana. Jay was a registered Professional Electrical Engineer. He served as President of the national Electrical Equipment Representatives Association. As an adult, he continued to support Scottish Rite Masonry and his fraternity, Delta Upsilon. Jay was generous with his time and friends, serving as Trustee, ordained deacon and elder in his church wherever he lived. In 1984 he sold his company to his Vice President, John Commons. All four of their children had finished college and settled outside Cincinnati and Jay and Lee decided to move full time to Naples, Florida. They were still young enough to enjoy extensive travel. When home, they boated at Wiggins Pass and played golf at Imperial Golf Club. Jay is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Lee Gates, daughter Sally L. Gates Cash (David), Lexington, KY, three sons: Robert L. Gates (Donna), Cold Spring, KY, Michael J. Gates (Bonnie), West Palm Beach, Florida and Steven J. Gates (Carol) , Cincinnati, OH, as well as eight grandchildren: Amy Strohmeier (Doug), Birmingham, AL, Emily Brittingham (Jeff), Lexington, KY, Ryan Gates, San Diego, Andrew Gates, Decatur, IL, Sara Gates Counihan (Joe), Tequesta, FL, Laura Gates, Chicago, Scott Gates, Los Angeles, and Katie Gates, Cincinnati; four great-grandchildren: Abigayle Strohmeier, Gates Strohmeier, Beckett Brittingham and Emerson Brittingham. Jay deeply loved his family and had many happy memories when they could all gather for special celebrations. A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, November 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gates Chapel of Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road. A reception will follow at Tower Pointe, 1001 Arbor Lake Dr., Naples. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Naples United Church of Christ or the Jay and Lee Gates Fund of the Collier County Community Foundation.