THOMASVILLE David Wayne Gates, 51, departed this earth and went to heaven on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. He was the loving husband of Sharon Irene (Bosley) Gates for over 23 wonderful years, and the proud and loving father to Tyler Kent Gates. He was born on October 29, 1961, to Samuel K. Gates of Spring Grove and Suzanne C. Gates of Thomasville. He was a graduate of Spring Grove High School and Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his untimely death, he was the owner of David Wayne Gates LLC and was a mason contractor who, with his artistic talent and master craftsmanship, built beautiful outdoor living spaces for many clients, friends, and family. He had a great love for the outdoors, entertaining friends and family, and sitting by a warm outdoor fire underneath the stars. He will always be remembered by his family and friends as the strong man who lived fully each day with endless love and a giving spirit - always wearing a smile and having a twinkle in his blue eyes. He will be deeply missed and his time and work here will not be forgotten. In addition to his wife, son, and parents, he is survived by his stepmother, Stacia N. Gates; brother, Samuel A. Gates and his wife, Gretchen of Hanover; brother, Steven V. Gates and his wife, Amy of New Jersey; niece, Rachel Gates; niece, Sarah Gates; nephew, Ian Gates; uncle, Clifford Catterall of Somerset; his mother's husband, William Goldberg; grandmother, Hilda Gates of Florida; grandmother, Mary Goldberg of Florida; grandmother, Maybelle Snyder of New Oxford; as well as many extended family and friends. There will be a celebration of David's life at his residence on July 27, 2013, at 12 noon. Please call 717-259-8686 if you wish to attend, to assist the family in anticipating your needs, by July 21, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warrior Project. Please visit this web page for more information: http://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/DavidWayneGates
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Published in Evening Sun on July 14, 2013