Franklin     C.
Gates: After a courageous battle with cancer, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at age 62. Predeceased by his parents, Franklin Sr. and Helen Widman. Survived by his brother, Thomas (Debra) Widman; aunts, Patricia Lee, Peggy Lee; niece, Kerry Widman; nephews, Thomas Widman, Jr., and Andrew Widman; many cousins and special lifelong friends. Friends may call Sunday 2-5 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday 11:15 AM at St. Theodore's Church, 168 Spencerport Rd. Private Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp Good Days and Special Times in his memory. For more information or to sign Franklin's online guestbook please visit

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  1. Frank was a great friend and colleague. He was always there to help. He had a great sense of humor that in difficult times could put things in a different perspective. He will be missed!

  2. Frank what can we say, these past 7 months just broke our heart, you gave it your all, but we’re thankful we got to spend so much time with you, say hi to Mom and Dad for us. Love, Tom and Debbie

  3. Frank, Thanks for so many wonderful memories. You were the best friend . You were always there when anyone needed you. You always had a joke or a story to tell which would always made me laugh untill my sides split. I will miss you terribly buddy and i’ll never forget you.

  4. Frank, when I heard of your passing, I smiled, remembering all the good times we had in both grammar school and at Cardinal Mooney. You were such a character and I’ll always think of you as the smart-aleck kid posing for my Kodak Brownie with Joan Smith and Dick Caruso on the playground. I’ve still got the photo and the great memories!

  5. Frank, You were always our best friend. We will miss you more than words can say. We will remember the many good times we had during all our trips together.

  6. Frank, you were like part of our family for years. You were Dave’s best friend, the kids Uncle Frank who made them laugh, and I enjoyed our conversations even though you thought I was crazy. We had many good memories with you and we feel sad that we weren’t aware of your illness. We would have been there for you. We love you Frank and hope that we see you again one day.

  7. Frank,
    You were a friend first, friend second, friend third. I know of no other that has done so much more for others than himself. You were a great friend to many, and will be greatly missed.

  8. Frank,
    You were always so full of energy- from your days of motorcycles and Corvettes, to your adventures in the far corners of China. You had our Uncle Danny’s ability to tell a story complete with voices and mannerisms that had everyone crying with laughter. Your energy and optimism when we last saw you in the hospital gave no hint that would be our last visit. I was so sure you would recover completely.
    You will be sadly missed. Give our love to Grandma and Uncle Danny- your parents, Uncle Jim and my dad. While we’ll miss you terribly, we’ll take comfort in the fact that you are in very good company.


  10. I will miss Frank and will remember all the things he did for me and how much we laughed together. I would not be where I am today if it were not for Frank and his belief in me. I love you Frank, RIP. Until we meet again.

  11. You were a great friend to many. You were one of my first and best friends when I came to Rochester many years ago and I’ll always remember the time we shared together, and all the nice things you did for me. I am going to miss the occassional phone calls and e-mails. You were a great friend and I’m going to miss you.

  12. You were like a brother to me. Thank you for being there for me when I needed your help. I remember dinners at Rick’s Prime Rib at Christmas time, long telephone converstations regarding so many issues, taking care of Jake for you guys when you went out of town, giving me rides in the Hummer when my car was in the shop. Thank you for everything you have done to help make my life easier. I will miss you very much. I wish we had more time together, you left so fast. RIP & I hope to see you on the other side.

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