Robert (Bob) W. Gately

July 13, 1953 - September 19, 2020

07/13/1953 - 09/19/2020

Past Services

Visitation
Sunday September 27, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions
Service
Sunday September 27, 2020
1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions

Robert (Bob) W. Gately, 67, resident of OBX, raised in VA, passed from this life on September 19, 2020 in Hampton, VA after a long-fought cancer battle. Known for his generosity, wisdom, and devotion to family and friends, he was preceded in death by his parents Ruth and Joe Gately, his sister Phyllis Molchan, and nephew James Jennings. While family was his great passion, he never missed an adventure. His zest for travel and deep passion for scuba diving led him to travel the world and explore life’s wonders. Whether it was shark diving in the Bahamas, snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico, or diving the blue hole in Belize, Bob always followed his dreams. When not diving, he filled is his adventurous spirit by dogfighting jets with Air Combat, whitewater rafting in the Upper Gauley, racing Nascars around various tracks, and trying his luck at the Craps tables in Vegas. Travel was a large part of his life, but at home, family and friends were his world. He always strived to be the positive change he wished to see in others and did that as minister and board member of the Chapel of Life and through his work at Gately Communications Company where he served as Senior VP of Operations for 36 years. He is survived by his son and daughter in law Joshua and Laura, his beloved grandchildren Savannah and Riley who were his everything, his long-time partner Britta Iversen, and his siblings; brothers: Joe (Eileen) Larry, and Ken (Kim);sisters: Jeanne Jennings (Tee) , Cindy Clemmons (Jeff) and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 12 p.m. followed by a remembrance ceremony at 1 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home Denbigh Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Bob and his family have asked for donations to a Go Fund Me campaign dedicated to Water Wells for Africa, where funds will be used to bring clean drinking water to those who have none (https://gf.me/u/yz2md4). In light of Covid-19, please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing guidelines.
 
 

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Raelene Hamrick
2 years ago

Metaphysical Chapel classes and friendship. Love and sympathy to the family and Brita. He was greatly loved and missed

Cindy Ramey Benninghove
2 years ago

I am so sorry to hear that Bobby passed away. When I lived in Hampton back in 70’s I do remember Bobby when I go to Gately’s Communications with my Dad (C.W. Ramey). My thoughts and prayers are with all his family. Bobby now home in peace with no pain.

Dale Ramey
2 years ago

To the family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences. The family and I grew up together thru the business. I, actually, worked for Bobby directly back in the early seventies. Boy, those were the times……and for later discussion.
Bobby is no longer experiencing the pains of being here in body. He has gone home to be with his mom, dad, and sister. Please know he will always be here with all of us in spirit. God Bless…
Dale Ramey

Bonnie Fedorchak
2 years ago

I am so sorry for all those left behind. Prayers for all the family. May wonderful memories of happy times help to ease your pain.

Tommy Southall
2 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God grant you peace that passes all understanding. Bob was like family. Alway enjoyed his laugh and his stories of his travels. He was a loving and generous man that will be missed. Cherish the memories.

Punkin Mackie
2 years ago

Sending Thoughts and Prayers from the Mackie and Miller families.

Bonnie Whitfield
2 years ago

My heart breaks at this news of Bob moving to his heavenly home. Always one for an adventure and now he has reached the pinnacle of all adventures. He was one of the greatest gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working for.
Gone but never forgotten