Cates, Arthur (Art) Donald

December 9, 1932 – June 11, 2021
Art Cates of Claresholm, Alberta passed away peacefully at Intercare Chinook Care Centre on June 11, 2021 at the age of 88 years. A huge void has been left in our hearts and our lives. Art is survived by his wife Darla Cates and children Brad (Laura) Cates, Crystal Cates; step-children Carmin Gajecki, Mark (Debbie) Marshall, Denise Marshall; grandchildren, Danny Hamilton, Chad (Tina) Keller, Tyler Keller, Elizabeth (Jon) Anderson, Rebecca (Jeff) Renfrow, Sarah Gajecki, Leah Gajecki and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and good friends Martin Bellmont and Paul Reinholt. Art was predeceased by his parents Howard and Mary Cates; Siblings Lila (Deb) Todd, Margaret Reinholt, Phylliss Bellmont and Gerald Cates.
Art was born December 9, 1932 in Cereal, Alberta. The family moved to Calgary in 1950. He was an autobody mechanic by trade. Art loved to golf in the summer and curl in the winter. Good luck beating him at crib! And then there were the family nights playing canasta. He was such a happy guy and laughed with his whole body. If you had the chance to meet him, then you were a friend. The nicest man you could ever meet and a true gentleman. Big man, big laugh, big heart. In lieu of a funeral the family have decided to do a memorial day at the Stavely Golf Course. If you do not golf, we will have crib boards, the horse race game and cards for canasta.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Stavely Golf Course.
For more details, please email Carmin at
To send condolences and view Art’s Tribute Page please visit
Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass) 403.652.4242.

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