John Joseph Gately Jr. (Jack), 69, of Henderson, NV, left this world to reunite with his daughter and parents on June 30, 2015. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, graduating from St. Mary’s High School with the class of 63’. He attended college at Lowell Technological Institute, as well as The Virginia Polytechnical Institute. Jack served as a Signalman in the United States Navy. He later worked in the Charlestown Naval Shipyard and participated in drafting designs that were used in the rebuilding of the USS Constitution in the 1970’s. Later in life, Jack retired from the United States Postal Service.
Jack was very involved with the 4 wheel drive community for many years and was previously a proud member of the Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers. He loved to explore the desert and out of the way places with his family and friends. Jack was an avid fan of all of the Boston area professional sports teams, particularly the Patriots and Red Sox. Jack never met a stranger and was able to start a meaningful conversation with almost everyone that crossed his path. He also loved playing cards with family and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his daughter Meaghan of Las Vegas, and his parents John Sr and Aileen of Lynn, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathleen (Ramsdell) of Henderson; and his son, John III and daughter in law Heather of Mesquite, NV. Jack was the adored “Gampa” of Nathaniel, Alayna, and Kaitlyn Gately also of Mesquite. He also leaves his brother, Peter Gately of Washington D.C.; his sister, Kathleen White of Peabody, Massachusetts; as well as numerous aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be 4-8 on Tuesday, July 7 at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. in Las Vegas. A funeral mass will be celebrated in his honor on Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m., at St. Viator Catholic Community, 2461 E. Flamingo. Burial will follow the mass at Palm Eastern Mortuary.
Jack was devoted to his church and faith, serving as a Eucharistic Minister. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jack’s memory to St. Viator Catholic Community, 2461 E. Flamingo Rd, 89121.