RUSSELL TWP. – Unexpectedly on May 26, 2021, Charles “Chuck” Gates, of Russell Township, died in the Cleveland Clinic after a tragic accident at home. He was preceded in death six weeks ago by the passing of his wife of 64 years, Barbara. His 90th birthday was celebrated on May 2, 2021.
Chuck was the son of Richard and Ethel Gates, of North Hills, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Chuck was the youngest of two children born to Richard and Ethel Gates.
Chuck is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Gates (Sue Gates), of Newbury Township, Gary Gates, of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Patty Gates, of Russell; sister, Marilyn Olm, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; granddaughter, Lindsay Gates, of Newbury; and grandson, Jack Gates, of Cincinnati.
Although Chuck has resided in the Cleveland area for over 60 years, a part of him never left the ‘Burg except for becoming a Cleveland Browns fan.
He was raised in the North Hills, attending West View High School. There his great joy was being the co-captain of the basketball team. He then attended Bethany College in West Virginia, followed by two years in the Marines, where he served as a lieutenant. During one of these years Chuck served in Korea.
Chuck was a classic “Serial Entrepreneur” in the best sense. Soon after he and Barbara moved to the Cleveland area in 1960, he began forming his first of many companies. Most of the early companies were construction related.
In 1996, Chuck bought a piece of property at the corner of Auburn Road and state Route 87, where he rented the building to a few different tenants. This was his first venture into real estate. Chuck soon realized he liked this type of business more than any other business he had started. He sold this property to his dear friend, Nacy Panzica, and helped him create what is now the Newbury Center Plaza at this location.
Chuck went on to buy and sell other commercial properties. At the time of his death, Chuck and Barbara owned two commercial buildings, one apartment complex and his first venture into retail, the Artisans’ Corner Gallery, located in the Newbury Center Plaza.
Chuck and Barbara spent vacation time in Indian River, Mich., where Barbara’s parents had retired, and St. Simons Island, Ga., with his sister in-law, Nancy, and her husband, Mike.
A memorial service will be held at the Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge Township, on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will be held starting at 3:30 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Chuck may be sent to Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Road, Novelty, OH 44072.
Funeral services are being handled by St. John Funeral Home of Bainbridge, 440-708-1855.