TOGUS: Arthur C. Cates, 64, of Turner passed away Friday morning at the VA Hospital in Togus. He was born in Skowhegan on September 12, 1948 a son of the late Kenneth and Beatrice (Drake) Cates. He grew up in the Skowhegan area and attended local schools there. In April of 1968 Arthur enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany for three years during Vietnam until his discharge in 1971. During that time he was very proud to be part of a team of Vulcan System Mechanics working on new technology for the military. After his service, Arthur spent time traveling to various locations and worked as a carpenter, which he loved doing. On June 15, 1996 he married Lucille Gendron-Cates at St. Agnes Church in Pittsfield, ME. Shortly after that he started a construction business, Cates Carpentry where he specialized in Maine white cedar decks in the Bangor area. Arthur will always be remembered for his love of playing the guitar, vegetable and flower gardening, outdoor activities such as hiking and enjoying nature and spending quality time with his grandchildren doing all these kinds of things. He is survived by the love of his life for 17 years, Lucille Gendron-Cates of Turner, and his step-children, Gregory P. Landry of Londonderry, NH, Andrea Krebs and her husband Mario of Turner. He also leaves behind the highlight of his life, his 3 grandchildren Nikolai, Benjamin and Samantha Krebs of Turner as well as a brother Phillip Cates and his wife Shari of Lincoln, IL, a sister Shirley Russell and her husband William of Marlborough, CT and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by 5 brothers, George, William, Albert, Lloyd and Malcom as well as 3 sisters Charlotte, Catherine and Patricia.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday at 2pm at the funeral home followed by a committal service at St. Peter's Cemetery in Lewiston. Those wishing, may make a charitable contribution in Arthur's memory to: V.A. V.S. Hospice Unit Voluntary Services 135 Dept. of Vet Affairs 1 VA Center Augusta, ME 04330 or Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Foundation 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240, or National Shrine of St. Jude Claretian Missionaries 205 W. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60606. A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 70 Horton St. Lewiston,784-4584.