Lucas E. Gates obituary 1982~2020


Lucas E. Gates of Philadelphia, PA, formerly of Waynesboro, PA and Los Angeles, CA met his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 9, 2020.

Lucas E. Gates
Lucas E. Gates

The world became a more beautiful place when Lucas was born on Father’s Day, June 20th, 1982.

Lucas attended Waynesboro Area Schools. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Information Technology and then completed a bachelor’s degree in Audio Production from the American University in Washington, DC.

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His greatest passion was composing, practicing and performing music. He was an excellent guitarist and gifted drummer. Lucas was a fun loving, free spirited daredevil, but also a kind, generous and compassionate soul. He cared deeply about many social issues and injustices. He frequently spoke out and stood up for people who had little or no voice and always tried his best to practice Matthew 17:12 “do unto others what you would have them do unto you”.

Lucas was a member of the MENSA International Society.

Lucas formerly attended Blue Rock Church where he played the drums with the praise team. He most recently attended the St. James Church in Havertown, PA.

He was employed by several companies over the years including the AHOLD Corp., Bimbo Bakeries, USA and most recently, Trinity Health in Chester, PA performing IT work.

Lucas is survived by his loving family, parents; Earl and Gwen Gates of Waynesboro, two sisters; MaryBeth Gates Herrera (fiancé Eric) Hagerstown and Rebecca Allison (husband Darren) of Waynesboro. Also nieces; Rachel Morgan and Rivka Herrera, Hannah Lee; nephews; Benjamin Shimp, Benjamin Herrera, Jacob Herrera and Brenton Allison. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins (special friends, Susie Gates and Joseph Miller) and many friends, whom he cherished deeply.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Walter and Pauline Gates and maternal grandparents, Newton and Katherine Shimp.

Lucas lived his life as this quote from an unknown author describes, “Compassion involves something much beyond mere niceties. In truth, it comes from the depths of our being. We respond to the cries of the heart, of the struggling, of the casualties of evil in the world. We are called to do so with some trembling even, recognizing the spark of the divine in everyone – especially the most vulnerable.”

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

A memorial service in his honor will be held later.

Memorial contributions may be made to any Human Services organization or Children’s Hospital.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed here.


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