Dwight W. Gates
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Dwight W. Gates
Born in Danvers, he was the son of the late Carl P. Sr. and Alice (Burgess) Gates. He was raised and educated in Danvers, and was a graduate of the former Holten High School and president of the Class of 1957. He met the love of his life Sandra, and they were high school sweethearts and soulmates. He continued his education at Northeastern University studying engineering, and volunteered to serve his country as a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserves.
Mr. Gates had been employed with G.T.E Sylvania in Danvers for 28 years until the time of his retirement. He had an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1955 his father, Carl P. Gates, Sr., purchased land on Heart Pond in East Orland, Maine. When he passed away in 1964, Dwight started his dream of creating a campground there. In 1977, the campground across Route 1 went up for sale. Dwight and Sandy purchased that and became the new owners of Whispering Pines Campground.
Aside from his family, there is nothing Dwight loved more than the campground, which they owned for 38 years. For the first 10 years Dwight would commute back and forth from Danvers to the campground every weekend while he continued to work at Sylvania in Danvers. His in-laws, Henry and Louise Storm helped run the campground during the week while he was gone, which helped immensely. Upon his retirement from Sylvania in 1987, he was finally able to fulfill his dream of running the campground full-time. In addition to the day-to-day operations, he also managed to create an atmosphere where people felt safe and like family. He even managed to save a life! The campground was never "work" to Dwight, it was his passion. The people, the land, the fun, the atmosphere was what made Whispering Pines Campground so terrific and Dwight was the architect.
Dwight was a member of the Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers and the Quarter Century Club at Sylvania. He was also an official Loon Counter on Toddy Pond for the Maine Audubon Society for over 25 years. He was a Town Meeting Member for Precinct 2 in Danvers for many years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife of 58 years, Dwight is survived by his son, Barry D. Gates and his wife Meredith of Beverly, MA, his daughter, Betsy L. Angelico of Boothbay, ME, and his grandsons, Patrick Gates and Anthony Angelico, his brother, Sydney Gates of Melrose, MA, his sisters-in-law, Carlene Storm of Danvers and Norma Gates of Peabody, MA, and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Carl P. Gates Jr. and brother-in-law of the late John Storm, both of Danvers.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service which will be held in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Saturday, Oct. 27th at 2:30 P.M. Burial is private. Visiting hours prior to the service from 1 to 2:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Dwight's memory to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 266 Orland, ME 04472. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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