Arthur C. Cates

September 12, 1948February 22, 2013
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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.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Arthur C. Cates

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Annette Shaw

March 12, 2013

Dear Lucille and Family, we are so very sorry to hear of Arthur's
passing. Art was a true character, one of a kind. Art spent some time here with us on Galiano Island many years ago...renovating parts of our house and building a deck, carrying really heavy driftwood logs up from the beach to use in construction. He was a major force in the beautification of our home. His beautiful carpentry is an ongoing tribute to him. He was a strong hard worker, very determined, and very funny. We treasure those times.
Art has such a huge heart, a real gift with people, and always had a twinkle in his eye. He will be greatly missed. We send you our deepest sympathy and love,
Annette Shaw and Paul LeBlond

Susan Walsh

February 28, 2013

I will miss Uncle Arthur's big hugs, but will remember him with love, joy and thanks when enjoying the beautiful swing he made for my mother, which now has a very special place in backyard in Atlanta.
Love and blessings to my Aunt Lucille, Andrea and Greg during this difficult time of loss and grieving.

Jeff LaCasse

February 26, 2013

I send you all my love and comfort during this difficult time and know that you are all in my thoughts. Jeff

Butch and Janine Gilbert

February 25, 2013

We will miss his smiling face sitting on his deck and raising vegetables. God Bless Lucille and the rest of Arthur's family.

Mark Pilot

February 25, 2013

Dear Lucille and Family
Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to know and interact with Arthur. Arthur was a good man and a friend to all he met....a man who lived life with his glass "half full" while laughing at the things less important in life. His Love and Adoration for life and particularly for you, Lucille, was truly inspiring. I know he will be greatly missed by you and all of those close to him. May you cherrish the many memories and find comfort in knowing that Arthur lives on in the live's of those he loved.
May he be blessed with plenty of Cedar to mold into great works of passion and may his vegetable garden continue to be free of weeds with an abundant harvest. Much Love and admiration to you Lucille...may God Bless.
Sincerely, Mark Pilot and Family

February 25, 2013

My deepest sympathy to Lucille and family. Nicki Frye, neighbor #36

Linda Nickerson

February 25, 2013

I am so sad to hear this news. Duane and I are thinking of you now at this time. Hold close those memories and time you had together with Arthur. He was a dear, kind hearted man and will be missed by many near & far.

your friend & former co-worker
Linda Nickerson

Christine Lagueux

February 24, 2013

To my family & especially to Aunt Lucille, Uncle Arthur has done so much for us. He was always willing to help us. I appreciate everything. We will miss him deeply and we will never forget him. We love you Uncle Arthur. God needed a carpenter and he got the best. Love The Lagueuxs

David & Evelyn Roy

February 24, 2013

Dear Lucille and family, I am so glad that I could recently share some precious moments with Arthur. We considered Arthur and you not only our neighbors but special friends. We will truly miss his humor, positive outlook and friendship. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Judy Johnson

February 24, 2013

Dear Lucille, I was so sorry to read that Arthur has passed away. He was such a friendly, outgoing and nice person. He did some really nice work at my home, one project of which was restoring an old stone well in my back yard. I think of him when I look out the window and see it there. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I know you will miss him dearly. Sincerely, Judy Johnson