In Loving Memory of Gaëtan “Gates” Perreault

January 21, 2024 (66 yrs.)

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Gaëtan “Gates” Perreault announces his peaceful passing on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at the age of 66, surrounded by his loving family at Maison McCulloch Hospice.

At the tender age of 16, Gates met the love of his life, a high school sweetheart who became his best friend, soul mate, and the world's best husband. Their journey together spanned 50 years, 48 of which were spent in the sacred bond of marriage. Gates held family in the highest regard, and his enduring love for his wife formed the foundation of a remarkable partnership.

A devoted father, Gates took immense pride in the accomplishments of his children, Jennifer (Beaudry) and the late Jeffrey “Jeff” (1981-2022), who valiantly fought a battle with ALS.  Gates was equally proud of his son-in-law, Eric Beaudry, and daughter-in-law, Dr. Brittney Parlett Perreault. His grandchildren Nicolas, and Gabrielle, were the lights of his life, his pride, and joy—cherished jewels that brought immeasurable happiness to his heart.  In addition to his immediate family, Gates leaves behind his grand fur-babies, “Harvey” and “Blue” who brought additional joy to his life.

He leaves a profound void in the heart of his mother, Huguette Perreault (née Lalonde), and mother-in-law Jeannine Desrochers (née Plante) and reunites with his predeceased father, Jean-Baptiste Perreault (2009) and father-in-law André “Joe” Desrochers (2003).  Gates is survived by his siblings Louise (John) Marcotte, Donald "Don" (Sandy Preston) Perreault, Diane (Jacques) Grylls, and sister-in-law Pierrette (Ken) Desloges.  He will be dearly missed not only by his immediate family but also by his extended family including nieces, nephews, and a wide circle of relatives and friends who shared his love and warmth.

Gates dedicated 37 years of his professional career at Vale (Inco) as a Power Engineer, later founding his own consulting company, P.E.S. Power Engineering Services Inc.  Even after his retirement, he continued to exhibit a passion for his work and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with students at Cambrian College as a professor in the Power Engineering program. He continued consulting and working on many projects until he was diagnosed with cancer, a battle he faced with strength and grace.

Known for his infectious smile and love of laughter, Gates could light up any room with his warm presence.  A true jokester, he had a knack for bringing joy to those around him.  Gates was a caring and compassionate soul, always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need.

Gates discovered comfort in the artistry of woodworking, the vast expanse of the great outdoors, and the serene waters of Windy Lake.  A cherished haven for him was the welcoming dock at his home, where both humans and animals alike were embraced.  Surrounded by the splendor of nature, he delighted in the regular visits from the resident eagles, hawks, loons, beavers, bears, deers, moose, rabbits and many more….

One of his fondest rituals was preparing to navigate the waters of Windy Lake, accompanied by the exhilarating notes of "Danger Zone," his favorite boating anthem.  The launch of the ride, marked by the resounding blast of the song, remains a cherished and vibrant memory etched in our hearts.

As we bid farewell to Gates, let us remember his infectious laughter, caring spirit, and the enduring love he shared with family and friends.  In his own words, "Cheers! See you all on the dock."  Gates Perreault's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know and love him.

The Perreault family extends heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated nurses at the Shirley and Jim Fielding Northeast Cancer Centre, as Gate’s would say “Gates’ Angels”.  We would also like to extend our thanks to Dr. Guy Desmarais, Dr. P. Jani, Dr. D. Falk and Dr. G. Mongeon for their unwavering care and compassion over the past few years. Additionally, our sincere appreciation goes to the nurses and care team at Maison McCulloch for their exceptional support during Gates' final days.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitation or service. A private celebration of life, exclusively for the immediate family, will take place at a later date

For those inclined, online donations to the Shirley and Jim Fielding Northeast Cancer Centre or  Maison McCulloch Hospice  would be deeply appreciated in honor of Gaëtan “Gates” Perreault's memory.


12 Condolences

  1. Dear Joanne, Jen, Eric, Nicolas, Gabby and all your family.
    We are so sorry to hear about Gates. He will be greatly missed. We share so many happy memories of our times together.
    Please accept our condolences and know that we will always be here for you.

    Kurt, Wendy and our family

    By: Wendy Koski
    January 26, 2024
  2. Dear Joanne,
    It is with a heavy heart that I receive this terrible news. Remembering back with all the wonderful discussions and appointments together we shared during our ALS journey with our 2 boys. The absolute most kindest individual I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I have never heard him say a negative word about anyone.
    He touched the lives of so many and now he is sitting along side of his wonderful boy.
    Rest In Peace my dear friend. See you again I’m sure.

    God Bless.

    By: Gino Sisera
    January 25, 2024
  3. Dave and I are thinking of you during this difficult time, and we are deeply sorry for your loss. May all your wonderful memories of Gates comfort you and give you peace.

    Sue and Dave

    By: Sue and Dave Desloges
    January 25, 2024
  4. Our dearest condolences to Joanne and family Gates will be deeply missed on Windy lake or meeting on Michael’s south shore road. It didn’t matter when or where that smile was always there. Gates will be missed by all on Windy lake God bless
    Dennis & Debbie

    By: Dennis & Debbie Cecchetto
    January 25, 2024
  5. Jen,
    Thinking of you and your family during this time.
    Take care too.

    By: A Wilkie
    January 25, 2024
  6. Saying goodbye to a great person who lived life to the fullest.
    He always had a great smile and a warm heart that left an
    impression on everyone he met. We’ll miss him. RIP Gates.

    Carole and Norm

    By: Carole and Norm Lynch
    January 25, 2024
  7. Dearest Joanne, and family,
    I am extremely saddened to hear the news of Gates passing. He was as genuine as it gets, and I really enjoyed the conversations and the checking in within our families as we had an unfortunate bond of both our sons that battling ALS to the end. Gates was a gentleman and always had time to check in – always had the right words to say. He truly was a special wonderful man who I will always remember with a smile – a blessing to know him and his lovely wife Joanne. You are now reunited with your beloved son Jeff.
    Rest in eternal peace my dear friend – you will be truly miss by so many ,
    Deborah Sisera

    By: Deborah
    January 25, 2024
  8. Dear Joanne, Jennifer and family, Mike and I were so sad to hear of Gaëtan’s passing. We sincerely hope that you find comfort in knowing that he was so well loved by everyone that was lucky enough to have known him. Please accept our deepest condolences. Mike Keaney and Lyse Cazabon-Keaney

    By: Lyse et Mike Keaney
    January 24, 2024
  9. My condolences to his whole family. He was taken way too young. I was a student at Cambrian and he helped me tremendously to get my career started. He helped me with my resume and to get a placement because he believed in me. The only thing he wanted in return was for me to help someone down the road in return. I have a wonderful life/career and I really do believe it’s because of him. He made a huge impact on the course of my life and I won’t ever forget it.

    By: Adrienne Turgeon
    January 24, 2024
  10. Thank you Gates for showing us heart, & soul. Your positivity, empathy & kindness will not be forgotten. Thank you for loving my sister beyond words. You’ve earned your angel wings through your long road in your illness. Rest in peace our beautiful Gates we’ll miss ya. Hugs ❤️

    By: Ken Pierrette Desloges
    January 24, 2024
  11. Gates was well respected and well liked by all that met and knew him. A great colleague and a pleasure to work with. May the good Lord comfort you and the family in this difficult time RIP Gates

    By: Ronald Rafuse
    January 24, 2024
  12. When we lose a loved one, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. Take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watching over all of you now. Our sincere condolences to you and your family

    Cathy & family

    By: Cathy Marcotte
    January 24, 2024

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