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Joel Gates
  • February 13, 1958
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  • July 09, 2021

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Joel E. Gates

February 13, 1958 – July 9, 2021


Joel ‘Joe’ Edwin Gates passed away peacefully at Vitas Hospice in Mt. Dora, Florida on July 9, 2021, at the age of 63, surrounded by family.

Joel is predeceased by his father, John ‘Jack’ E. Gates (Oneta) and his stepfather, Jerry Riggs of NY.  His uncles, Don Gates, Bob Gates, Bill Gates, George Gates, Jimmy Gates, and Gordon Jackson; and his aunts, Pat Elizabeth Gates, and Barbara Gates.


Joel is survived by his mother, Marie Goyette Gates Riggs of FL; his sisters, Cindy Gates (Wayne) Forshee of GA and son, Josh, of TX; Lisa Riggs (Alex) Csiga and daughters, Jessica and Hannah, of NY; Becky Gates of CA; and stepsister Pearl Riggs (John) Granger of NY. His  brothers, Alan Gates of FL; Kevin Gates and daughters, Kasey and Kristin, of NY; and stepbrother Arthur (Laura) Riggs of NY.  His aunts, Marion (Bill) Ziolkowski of OH; Marjorie Jackson of NY, and many more nieces and nephews.

Joel is lovingly remembered and will be deeply missed by his ex-wife, Debra Blades Gates of NE, his daughters, Susan (John) Burges and son, John, Jr. of NE; Amber LaClaire and daughters, Callie and Mary of SC; April Gates of VA; and Anne (Mike) Crozier and daughter, Holly, of NY.

Joel was born in Syracuse, NY on February 13, 1958, and grew up in the Weedsport and Cato areas, attending Cato High School in Cayuga, County. Then he served in the U.S. Navy in Puerto Rico and Norfolk, VA. He then began his career as a Truck Driver in Virginia for various companies and settled at Peeler Trucking in Mt. Dora, FL for 20 years.  When CBs were popular, he went by the handle ‘Sidewinder’.  In the past years, he had two loyal pet companions, Riley (dec.) and Dozer now in SC.  Joel will be missed by his neighbors for he loved to cook and grill for them, and they loved his cookin’ and grillin’.

A Cremains Memorial Service to be determined later.

Joe would want people to be aware of the disease Amyloidosis to protect themselves and family.  And, while you are out and about driving,

“keep it between the ditches”.

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  1. Anne Crozier says:
    18 Jul 2021
    I’m so glad I did the ancestry test and had the opportunity to meet you and spend some time with you. Even though our time was short together, you’ve always been in my heart. I’m so thankful to have been with you . Sending lots of love to heaven❤️

  2. Marion Ziolkowski says:
    16 Jul 2021
    Joel was my nephew, you were always a great kid growing up . Just the normal kid stuff .You will be miss I will miss our talks on phone and messenger.
    Aunt Marion and Uncle Bill

  3. Julia Rutherford says:
    16 Jul 2021
    Joel will be with us all in spirit for his sense of humor, big heart, and great cooking. My favorite was his smoked biscuits and sausage. Loved his family, fur babies, and friends. Joel and Dozer will be missed.

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