Michael Francis Gately

Gately, Michael for galvnewsMichael Francis Gately, 95, of Santa Fe, Texas, passed away on January 20, 2015. He was born on September 30, 1919 in West Point, Nebraska to parents Michael and Philomena Gately. He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Dickinson, Texas. He served for two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps, then five years in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was an airplane mechanic during WWII. In 1946, Michael and his brothers started Gately Bros., a small super market in Galveston. Michael was an associate of Gately Bros. until his retirement in 1981. During his retirement he enjoyed welding, working on cars, and trains. Mr. Gately was a resident of Santa Fe, formerly Alta Loma, for over 70 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Philomena Gately, and brothers, Thomas, Vincent, Jack, Jimmy, and Robert.
He is survived by his sister, Agnes McLawchlin; brother, Martin and wife, Dr. Mary Sue Gately; sister-in-law, Ann Gately; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family of Mr. Gately wishes to extend special thanks to Father Stephen Zigrang and Theresa Gately.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 4100 Hwy 3, in Dickinson with interment following at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


  1. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Michael . We’ll always remember him fonly and feel lucky that we had the pleasure of knowing him. Michael will be very missed.I had the pleasure of meeting Michael at the nursing home we would give him communion on Tuesdays all though I knew he was very sick he would always try to smile. We love all the residents at Regent care but there was always something special about Michael he was always such a sweet heart we will forever miss his beautiful smile and will always keep him in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they go thru this difficult time.
    The world has lost a beautiful person but heaven has gained a beautiful angel.

    Almighty Father, eternal God, hear our prayers for Michael whom You have called from this life to Yourself. Grant him light, happiness, and peace. Let him pass in safety through the gates of death, and live forever with all Your saints in the light You promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith. Guard him from all harm and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise him up with all Your saints. Pardon his sins and give him eternal life in Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Samira Bravo
  2. Rest in peace, Uncle Michael! You will be greatly missed, you sweet soul.

    Joan Gately Hogan

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