Photo courtesy of Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Home - West Branch

Gaëtan J. Deschamps

Cornwall, Ontario

Apr 13, 1931 – Nov 2, 2017


Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Home - West Branch Obituary

DESCHAMPS "Father Gates" Gaëtan – Peacefully on November 2, 2017 at the Glen Stor Dun Lodge; age 86 years. Loving brother of Odette Benoit (late Ivan), Colombe Deschamps and Bernice Charron (Claude). Predeceased by his parents Calixte and Leontine (née Forgues) Deschamps. Also...

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J'offre mes plus sincères condoléances à Odette, Colombe et Bernice à l'occasion du décès de Gaétan (Father Gates). Il me sera impossible d'assister aux funérailles à cause de mon état de santé de même que Jeanine (Boisvenu) Champagne. Son fils, Daniel, est décédé et ses funérailles ont lieu demain le 9.
Nous serons quand même avec vous en pensée. Bon courage. Nous gardons d'excellents souvenirs de Gaétan qui tenait toujours à faire partie de nos réunions, la dernière... les...

We are praying for the repose of Fr. Gates' soul. He was a good friend and dedicated so much of his time to Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment. He was a faithful servant.

So devastated to hear about his passing. He helped many people both in parish ministry and family services in the diocese. He was an amazing person and will be greatly missed.

40 years ago Father Gates was a teacher at my Junior High School called Boucher. Father was well respected and a favourite teacher of many of the students including myself. He was a giving man, I recall one winter Father had fallen on the ice and broke his arm. After many weeks of being in a cast and the break almost healed, he encountered 2 students fighting in the hall , without thinking of his own safety he attempted to break up the fight, which he did but not without rebreaking his own...

I am in Florida and will not be able to attend the funeral in body but I will be united in prayer.

"Gates" was a devoted man.... strong in his opinions which added to his drive and determination to get things done.

WHen he returned to Cornwall my husband and I connected with him through the Diocesan council and found that I had some family in common with him. In order to pursue this family link I invited him to supper on the weekend and he said he could...