Delton R. "Dick" Cate

December 26, 1947July 23, 2018

Delton R. “Dick” Cate, 70, of Bedford, died July 23, 2018 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a determined and courageous fight against cancer. He was born in Randolph, Vermont on December 26, 1947 the son of Robert and Louise (Lavigne) Cate. His family moved to Bedford when he was 8 years old where he was educated in the local school system and and graduated from Manchester High School West.

After graduation, Dick proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Dick was stationed in Fulda, Germany for two years, achieving the rank of sergeant and was awarded the National Defense Service and the Good Conduct Medals. Upon returning to civilian life, he married the love of his life, Ruth LeFrancois and together they shared 48 years of life, love and adventure. He embarked on a successful career as an inside sales representative in the electrical industry having spent 23 years with Controller Service and Sales. After the closure of Controller in Manchester, Dick continued in the electrical sales field with Dyer Technology in Hudson retiring in 2014. Dick enjoyed all “Oldies” music, traveling and was a “Diehard” Drag Car Racing and Nascar fan. He loved getting together with family and friends, BBQ’s and summer and fall nights on “his deck” and most importantly, spoiling his granddaughters. He will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted husband, dad, “Bumpa” and friend.

Members of his family include his wife Ruth Cate of Bedford, his son Richard Cate and his partner Christy Tirrell, his granddaughters Rylee Cate and Jillian Cate all of Goffstown, his mother-in-law Evelyn LeFrancois, brothers-in-law Leo LeFrancois, Raymond LeFrancois and his wife Cheryl, Tom LeFrancois and his wife Sue and his nephew Aaron LeFrancois and his wife Rhiannon as well as nieces and cousins.

Dick was predeceased by his parents and his beloved pets Prinnie, Princess and Dakota.

The family would like to express a special thank you to family and friends who gave Dick tremendous support during his illness and to Dick’s caregivers at the Community Hospice House for their exceptional and compassionate care during his final weeks.

There are no calling hours. Inurnment in the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen will be private. A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday August 12 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at The Grand at the Bedford Village Inn 12 Olde Bedford Way Bedford, NH 03110 where friends were invited to join the family and share memories. The family requests that any memorial donations in Dick’s memory be made to the Community Hospice House 7 Executive Park Dr. Merrimack, NH 03054 or to the Bedford Animal Rescue League 545 NH Rte 101 Bedford, NH 03110. The McHugh Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family with his care.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, August 12, 2018

Delton R. "Dick" Cate

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Sophie Standow

August 18, 2018

We were pool swimming buddies and we are sorry for your loss.
Sophie Standow

Jeannette Smith

August 7, 2018

Ruth, Rich, Rylee, and Jillian,

I am so sorry for your loss of this kind and gentle man. I will always remember him for his quiet nature, smiling eyes, and the gentle ferocity with which he loved all of you. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you peace and strength through this difficult time.

Muriel Saliba

August 7, 2018


I can’t even express my sadness at the passing of Dick. I am so sorry for your loss and the loss to your family. I do plan on attending the memorial and look forward to seeing you.

I remember sharing fun times with you at State Farm and get togethers at your home with you and Dick.

Love to you in this most difficult time.


Ron Bechard

August 7, 2018

Ruth, I share in your loss having recently lost my cousin to cancer as well. When I get discouraged with the way things are going now I can always fall back on memories of how things were. Those days are gone now but I can still picture meetings in Bedford with all of the staff including you as well.
I will be away for the memorial at the Grand but will be thinking of you.