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Nov. 16, 1932 – Dec. 25, 2012

Arthur Gregory Gates of East Amherst, a retired Realtor and bank official, died Tuesday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Canisius College. He also attended Kent State University.

A Realtor, Mr. Gates joined the Marine Midland Bank Mortgage Department as an appraiser in 1973. He served as chief officer of Marine Midland’s Commercial Appraisal Department from 1988 until he retired in 1993.

Previously, he was president of the Gates LaDuca Realty Agency in Williamsville. He was a former member of the board of directors of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors.

Mr. Gates was first vice president and a director of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and was chairman of its 25th anniversary membership campaign. He was a season ticket holder for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and frequently attended the Shaw Festival.

A former member of the Motoring in Miniatures Association, he was an avid antique toy collector and attended auctions and exhibits in Buffalo, Rochester, Toronto and New York City. He also enjoyed traveling to the Bahamas, Bermuda, London and Paris.

Surviving are his wife, the former Carole Campbell; and a son, Gregory C.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.