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Funeral Arrangements, Fund Made for Gates

The life of the Harrison man who collapsed and died from heart failure at the Sleepy Hollow 10K will be celebrated at several services in the county; a fund will be created for his two sons' education.

Stunned and saddened by the sudden death of a middle-aged runner during Sleepy Hollow's 10K, some readers have asked if a fund is being set up in his honor.

Steven Gates, 54, of Harrison, collapsed and soon died from what the county medical examiner ruled as heart disease just one-half hour into Saturday's race. He was an amateur runner, a music professional, and the father of two teenage boys, said his older brother James Gates, of Brooklyn.

The family is working out the details now of an education fund for the two boys and will update Patch with more information when available.

James Gates also expressed interest in locating the doctor who helped administer CPR at the scene to his brother, so if anyone has information on this samaritan runner in the race, please contact me at krista.madsen@patch.com.

Visitation and funeral arrangements have been made and are open to the public. To read his Steven Gates' obituary, describing him as a man of musical talent as well as "style, fair-mindedness and infectious wit," click here.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday evening, October 26, from 6 - 9 p.m. at All Saints Church at 300 Harrison Avenue in Harrison. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 27, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 168 West Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, with a reception to follow.

Here in Sleepy Hollow, Police Chief Gregory Camp has been asked by the Village to thoroughly investigate the response time to the emergency 911 calls coming in from Fremont Road in Sleepy Hollow Manor. Gates was declared dead at 10:45 a.m. at Phelps Memorial Hospital, but the timeline leading up to that has yet to be released. 

The county medical examiner issued preliminary autopsy results as pointing to enlarged heart and coronary artery disease, considered the leading cause of death of both men and women in the country. Whether this related to any preexisting heart condition, the examiner could not yet say.

To learn more of the Sleepy Hollow Holloween 10K race, see photos, and results, click here.

Among the Rivertown Runners photos are these last images of Steven Gates, number 337, at the start of the race on what seemed like a perfect day.

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Realist October 25, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Is this the 4th article on the same topic? What about all the people that die every day who have children? Do they also get Patch supported charity funds? I cannot imagine the loss this man's family has experienced, but come on now. Give them some privacy. I do not understand your unending need to report on this topic. Posting his "last photos" online? Is this really journalism or a Lifetime special? Let the family deal with their loss for goodness sake.
Gargamel October 25, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Amen to that! and then poor John Lofaro who crossed 1000's of our kids to SHHS over so many gets nothing and he was local guy doing good
Laura Lofaro November 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
@Gargamel, Thanks. There is now a letter to the editor that I wrote about my father-in-law and my son's team. Seach "Lofaro" and it will come up. And thank you for your support. He truly was a great guy!
Krista Madsen January 02, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Info on college fund for Gates' kids has just come in: Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the education fund for Brian and Connor Gates in memory of their father, Steven M. Gates, can do so as follows: Check made payable to: New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan Memo line: Gates Family Education Fund Mail your contribution to the fund administrator, who will forward it to the NY 529 Program for the boys: James Gates 441 Henry Street, #4 Brooklyn, NY 11231 Please be sure to include your name and address either on the check, the return address label, or in an enclosed note so that the family can acknowledge your gift. Thank you. (Note that contributions to New York’s 529 College Savings Program are not tax deductible.)
Krista Madsen January 02, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Just seeing this: here are the link to both Lofaro's obit (http://patch.com/A-yLWc) and nice letter on his passing from Laura: http://patch.com/A-zyMn.

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