Howard GATES

GATES Howard Austin March 26, 1930 – March 19, 2008 After marrying a good lookin' gal named Edith Elbrey on September 27, 1959, Howard took over the family farm, located a few miles south of Sylvan Lake, where Howard and Edie farmed for 25 Years. They sold and retired to Innisfail, (1984) where they bought the old Martens Bottle Depot house and garages. Howard was predeceased by an older brother Max, who was shot down over the English Channel in WW II; and his sister Elaine in the late 80's. Howard had "oodles" of Nieces and Nephews, and will be dearly missed. He taught many a nephew how to drive tractor, and showed patience, sometimes much, through it. Howard loved camping, and had an inventive mind whenever "necessity became the mother of invention". He was a man who could "measure once, cut once", unlike most of us who "measure once, cut twice". He was meticulous and organized in everything he did. As a Legion Member of Branch #104, he enjoyed visiting with his many friends over coffee, and solved many of the worlds' woes, (most of which just haven't been implemented yet). Howard will be forever remembered as being a true man of integrity, a man of strong character, and dignified right to the end. He was a true friend to those he considered to be a friend, and had a refined heart of pure gold. Howard loved Edith so much for all those years, through the good and bad, which became the very best. Howard is dearly missed by his loving Wife Edith, his niece and nephew Tim and Kathy, and will be missed by his many friends, acquaintances, and numerous relatives. Until we meet again in Glory, Howard, may you rest in peace. Love, your Family.


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