Robert Gates passed away peacefully at home on August 8, 2019. He was 89 years old.
Born in New York, NY, to parents Arthur and Georgina (née Strickland) Gates, Robert lived in Montrose, NY, and Bernardsville, NJ, before settling in Mendham in 1975. He attended and graduated from Columbia College at Columbia University before moving on to obtain a PhD in Engineering from Columbia Engineering School. He worked for The BOC Group in Murray Hill, NJ, for his entire career of 30 years.
Robert enjoyed fixing things, and living in a 100+ year old house in Mendham certainly kept him busy with that. He also religiously completed the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle - and always in pen! Robert was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Cornelia Hall Gates, son Christopher (Lauren) of Mendham, and daughter Jennifer (Chuck) Earle of Richmond, VA and grandchildren Ronan Bradford Gates, and Ben and Mason Earle.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name can be made to the Mendham Township First Aid Squad, PO Box 122, Brookside, NJ 07926.