JPT Mourns the Passing of Randy Gates
Just Passin’ Thru is deeply saddened at the passing of its premiere banjo man, Randy Gates. Although Randy’s tour with us was much shorter than we’d hoped for, the memories he’s left us with are everlasting. We will miss his hard-driving banjo picking, his jokes, quick wit, and good humor. Always a cheerful man, even in the face of adversity, we’ll remember his smile and laughter.
Rest in peace friend.
Randall H. Gates Sr.
1955-2013 Randall H. Gates Sr, 57 a resident of Mattison Road died Peacefully Saturday July 13, 2013 at Centers For Living and Rehabilitation in the comfort of his loving family.
Randy was born in Bennington on December 2, 1955, he was the son of Charles and Lillian (McIntire) Gates, he grew up in Pownal where he attended Pownal Elementary, and graduated from Mt. Anthony Union High School, Class of 1974.
Randy was currently working at Steiner Film in Williamstown where he was a Electronics Technician, he used his talents to diagnose and trouble shoot the companies many electronic systems. Prior to working at Steiner Film, he had worked for several years at Tansitor Electronics (now Vishay).
An avid HAM Radio operator enthusiast, he was co-founder of the Southern Vermont Amerature Radio Club (SOVARC), and was currently serving as it’s President, a position he held many times. He enjoyed talking with people throughout the world through his radio. A talented musician since his teens, he played many instruments including guitar, mandolin and was an accomplished banjo player. He absolutely loved playing and listening to Blue grass music. He performed with many bands throughout the years including; White Chapel Band (Mo Harrington), Alice’s Homemade Jam and Wildwood.
He will be remembered as a family man and a jokester.
He leaves his wife Susan (Brooks) Gates who he married in November 2001, sons Randall Gates Jr. and Kate Farrell of Manchester, Aaron Gates and wife Makenzie of Wells and Eric Gates of Manchester, daughter Aimee Gates and Rusty Kelly of Manchester, sisters Susan Russell and husband Elwood of Maricopa, AZ, Janice Bushee and husband John of Pownal and Melinda Onorato and husband Pasquale of Williamstown, MA, former wife Kimberlie Pierson of Manchester, grandchildren Alex, Lily, Ian, Alyssa, Charles and Mikayla, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother Herbert Gates and sister Kathleeen Stevens.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held on Wednesday July 17 at 4pm at the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Towslee Cemetery in Pownal.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4pm when the family will be present.
Memorial gifts may be made to SOVARC in care of the Hanson Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
To send personal condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 15, 2013