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John Gates Ayres


1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
John Gates Ayres Obituary
Ayres, John
1933 - 2018
John Gates Ayres of Westerville passed away January 10, 2018, after his 2003 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma diagnosis transformed into aggressive follicular NH Lymphoma. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sine-Marie (Pedersen), daughters Keely (Steve Lake) and Andrea (Mark Dalglish); son Allan (Denise Simard) and granddaughter Eliza. He was preceded in death by older son Kevin. John was born April 25, l933 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Thelma Gates and Gould Hoskins Ayres and spent much of his childhood in Canal Winchester with Gates/Moore relatives. He graduated from Columbus Academy in 1951, the Ohio State University in 1956 with a BA in English and the rank of Ensign in the Navy. During his tour of duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge in Norfolk, VA he met Sine-Marie, a teacher at the time. After his three years in the Navy he worked at Cape Canaveral during the Mercury Program in the Pan American Airways Facilities Engineering Department. John and Sine moved to Ohio where he became a lighting and electrical designer at several Columbus architectural and engineering firms. The lights on the Rich Street Bridge in Columbus and the Market Street Bridge in Steubenville are examples of his award winning designs. A man of varied interests and talents, he valued both experience and education. John was an accomplished writer and a dedicated photographer, especially on family trips. Ever creative and resourceful he loved tools, tinkering, repairing appliances, and taught the four children carpentry and electrical work while updating and renovating their century-old home. In addition, recently he participated in weekly African drumming sessions with Victory Drummers, a James Cancer Center survivor and caregiver group that "fosters empowerment and a sense of community by sharing in the joy of music-making" and, with Sine, learned Argentine tango as part of an OSU/Pelotonia research project that investigated how Argentine tango helps survivors and caregivers improve balance. After a private burial at Betzer Cemetery, Saturday, April 7th , family will welcome visitors at the Spence Funeral Home, 650 W. Waterloo, Canal Winchester from 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Mount Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Rd., Columbus, 43215, New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society P.O. Box 219, New Albany, 43054 or the . Online condolences at www.spencefuneralhome.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 1, 2018
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