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William H Gates
  • June 16, 1942
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  • June 01, 2018

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Obituary

William Harvey Gates Sr., known to all as “Harvey” or “Harve,” passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Christmas, Fla., on June 1. He was 75.

He was born on June 16, 1942 in Baltimore, Md. to Ernest and Maude Gates. The youngest of their three children with older brothers Earl and David.

After attending Kenwood High School in Essex, Md., Harvey served three years of active duty in the United States Army. Upon his discharge, he began working for National Airlines and became a lead ramp agent.

National Airlines was absorbed by Pan American Airlines in the late 1970’s, and Harvey was transferred from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (Formerly Friendship Airport) to Orlando International Airport in 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Gates, and seven children: Bill Jr., Julie Peterson, June Kroeker, Nathan, Joni Banks, Franklin and Christopher; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Harvey is pre-deceased by his first wife and mother of his first six children, Joan Chisholm Gates, and his brother Earl.

The family will be having a small private service. Donations can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society of Central Florida.


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  1. 20 Jun 2018
    Phillip Fleming lit a candle:
    Lit since June 20, 2018 at 6:27:30 AM

  2. 08 Jun 2018
    Richard Francis says:
    Sorry for your loss, my condolences for you. worked with Harv in baltimore/National cargo. R I P.

  3. 08 Jun 2018
    Richard Francis lit a candle:
    Lit since June 8, 2018 at 6:34:13 AM

  4. 07 Jun 2018
    Christopher Gates lit a candle:
    Lit since June 7, 2018 at 6:18:34 PM

  5. 06 Jun 2018
    Hollis Cantwell says:
    So sorry for your loss.
    Hollis Cantwell. Former National Airlines, Balto.

  6. 06 Jun 2018
    Sandra Gates says:
    My Dearest Uncle Harvey , I was deeply saddened of your passing , yes , I did cry for you , for my Dad Earl who loved you dearly - that you 2 would be seeing each other again - and for all my cousins missing their Dad now too - I know at times they will still hear your voice or your pearls of wisdom words - i also felt so sad for Karen too - I know she is going to miss you everyday as well - May you be looking down from Heaven , Resting in Peace . God Bless you Uncle Harvey - and Thank You for taking care of my father the best you could . R.I.P.

  7. 06 Jun 2018
    Sandra Gates lit a candle:
    Lit since June 6, 2018 at 6:56:38 PM

  8. 06 Jun 2018
    Brittney Gates lit a candle:
    Lit since June 6, 2018 at 6:32:02 PM

  9. 06 Jun 2018
    Tyler lit a candle:
    Lit since June 6, 2018 at 6:58:17 PM

  10. 06 Jun 2018
    Tyler says:
    Miss you grandpa, I will miss all the stories and advice you shared with me. Plus I will miss the times we used to cook crabs at your house. I still remember the time some of the crabs got out of the pot and ran around the kitchen. I'll will miss those moments with you.

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  12. 06 Jun 2018
    John McNulty says:
    Harv,
    You will be greatly missed. We go back a long way It's hard for me to believe. I'm praying fo you and your family. Rest in peace ole buddy.

  13. 05 Jun 2018
    Joni Banks lit a candle:
    Lit since June 5, 2018 at 6:12:12 PM

  14. 05 Jun 2018
    Keith says:
    We will miss you Dad! The lord took you into his kingdom way too early... Say hello to Mom for us all!

  15. 05 Jun 2018
    Keith lit a candle:
    Lit since June 5, 2018 at 6:06:28 PM

  16. 05 Jun 2018
    Christopher Gates says:
    Love you dad. I’m going to miss seeing you everyday in the garage or in the computer room. You made me grow up quick and I thank you for that. I wish you could have seen me accomplish more and do more in life, but you decided to pass away. I love you dad and will never forget you and all that you have done for me and taught me.

  17. 05 Jun 2018
    Leslie and Norm Yekstat says:
    So sorry to all of the family of Harve. Norm and I have you all in our prayers. I’ve never had the pleasure of knowing any of you, but I understand Harvey was very well liked....so Im sure all of you were too. God bless all of you. Rest In Peace, Harvey.

  18. 05 Jun 2018
    Jessica lit a candle:
    Lit since June 5, 2018 at 6:27:12 PM

  19. 05 Jun 2018
    June Kroeker says:
    Daddy I’m going to miss your hugs and your messages simply saying call me.

    You did so much for our family always working even if it meant two jobs to keep a roof over our heads. We always looked forward to our summer vacation in Ocean City every year. You taught us all the value of hard work and how family should always come first.

    You especially did everything humanly possible for Mom and Karen with their battles with cancer. You told me numerous times that you must have done something wrong and that’s why God was punishing you with both of your wives suffering with terminal cancer. I think God knew you were up for the challenge and had what it took to support and fight for them because you’re a strong, loving man.

    I promise to always be there for Christopher and do whatever I can to support Karen.

    I am sad that you’re gone but happy that you’re in a better place with your loved ones that entered heaven ahead of you.

  20. 04 Jun 2018
    Franklin says:
    Dad will miss you so much.

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