Zachary Thomas Gates
1987 - 2020
January 15, 1987
December 23, 2020

Zachary (Zack) Thomas Gates

1987 - 2020

On Wednesday, December 23,2020 Zachary (Zack) Thomas Gates died unexpectedly at home. He was 33 years old.

Zachary was born on January 15,1987 in Napa, Fred and Leslie Gates.

He grew up in Napa, attended Napa schools and was a gifted student. He played soccer, skateboarded ferociously and had many friends.

Zachary was smart,compassionate and kind. He had a big heart and never met a person or animal in need that he didn't help or want to help. He was a natural artist, who could paint and draw effortlessly. He had a discerning uncanny eye for colors and arrangements.

Zachary was happiest on family vacations at Stinson Beach or on Maui, riding his bike or skateboard or working on his computer. He leaves us with many lessons learned about the judgement of others and the courage waged to find a place of peace and comfort in a difficult life.

Zachary was predeceased by his grandmother Lola Gates. He leaves behind his parents, Frederick and Leslie Gates, his sister Tiffany Kenny (Eric) and niece Ella, brother Anson D'Agostino, and nephew Keaton, brother Britton D'Agostino (Melissa) and niece Amber Grey. His grandparents William and Judith Kennard; Aunt Catherine Cartier, Uncle Peter Gates (Doris) (cousins Sam and Ben), Uncle Adam Gates (Rachel) (cousin Frankie) and Aunt Lisa Salem (John) (cousin Mark). Zachary also leaves behind his beloved Siamese cat "Maui" who brought him many years of unconditional love and joy.

"Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons" Mother Theresa

Zachary was both our blessing and our lesson. We are forever grateful for the time we had together. May he Rest In Peace knowing he was loved and touched us all so deeply. We will hold him close in our hearts.

For those wishing to make a donation on behalf of Zachary please consider; NAMI -National Alliance of Mental Illness.

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Published by Napa Valley Register on Jan. 1, 2021.
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Funeral services provided by:
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My condolences and prayers are with you Leslie and your family.
Madaleine Dowd
January 3, 2021
My heart breaks for your fondest memory of Zach was when he brought me back a sand dollar from a trip to the beach with family. He had so happily told me about the upcoming trip, his beautiful blue eyes sparking with anticipation. I asked if he could bring me a sand dollar if he found one. And he did! At that young age, he was incredibly thoughtful. I still had that sand dollar lovingly sitting on a bookshelf. Until it too was gone.
Karen Kenny
January 1, 2021