October 9, 1938 ~ June 11, 2008
Greece: Peacefully, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, surrounded by his family. Survived by his loving wife, Eleanor “Mickey” Gath; son, Timothy (Dawn) Gath; daughter, Elizabeth Gath; sisters, Barbara (David) Oldfield, Debbie Gath (Nate Mancuso); brother, Douglas Gath; grandchildren, Taylor and Joshua Gath, MaryBeth Ondulich; many nieces and nephews. Norm was a member of Bethel Christian Fellowship and an avid bridge player. He had a lifelong interest in gaining insight in just about everything, especially classical music. Norm embraced life to the fullest and cherished his family and friends. Family and Friends may call Friday 1:30-2:30 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Service will follow calling at 2:30 PM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Yates County, 1216 Route 14 A, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the charity of your choice in his memory.
It is sad to learn of the passing of an old friend.
Mick and family, We were so sorry to hear of Norms passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. May God bless you.
Tom and Peggy
Mickey I just heard of Norm’s death. I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am. He was such a wonderful guy…always a smile ….always a joke……..I will miss hearing him calling me ‘sister’ across the room. The poem Nancy Barnes included says it all for me. It is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a dear man. love, annette
Mickey, how I wish I were with you in person, my heart aches for you.
This is a poem that has helped in our lives:
He is Gone
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,
Or you can be full of the love you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember him and only that he’s gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love, and go on
With my love and prayers,
Mickey, I am so sorry to hear of Norms passing
Mickey, Nelson and I are so sorry..we know you and Norm had such a wonderful life together. We didn’t see very much of you because you were always doing something enjoyable together. Please accept our deepest sympathies and know we are just across the street. We cannot attend services today as we need to be out of town for a wedding but our prayers and thoughts will be with you. Sincerely meant, Nelson and Elaine
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tim and Beth, I’m very sorry about the passing of your father. I have so many great memories of him. God Bless.
We will miss you Norm, so very much. You were always the life of every party. You made our Mickey so happy and we are eternally grateful that God placed you in our family. You touched our lives. Our deepest sympathies to Mickey and your wonderful family. God Bless You Norman C. Gath.
We’ll miss you Norm.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
you will be missed by us.