Newburyport — Mr. Joseph F. Gately, age 77, of Newburyport, died Monday in a local nursing home after a brief illness.
Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Harold and Margaret (McDermott) Gately. He attended Lynn Schools and resided in Saugus for 31 years before moving to Newburyport 10 years ago.
Joe was a very helpful and loving man. He enjoyed raking leaves for family and friends, collecting can tabs to help raise money for dialysis for those in need, and volunteering at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society. He also enjoyed playing the organ and entertaining those around him.
Joe leaves many nieces and nephews, including Martha Michaels of Newburyport, Brian Michaels and his wife, Eileen Peyton, of Newburyport and Joseph Michaels of Bullhead City, Ariz. He was the brother-in-law of Theresa Gately of Lynn. He was the brother of the late John J. Gately, Philip T. Gately, Harold J. Gately, Margaret M. “Peg” Rooney, and M. Rita Michaels.
ARRANGEMENTS: Joe’s funeral will be held from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn on Thursday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Interment in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery. Visiting Hours Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. In honor of Joe’s longtime volunteer work to the rescue society, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, 63 Elm St., Salisbury, MA 01952. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com .