Lorraine D. (Gomes) Gately, 72
Lorraine D. (Gomes) Gately, 72, of Hopkinton, formerly of Wareham and Spencer, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the Golden Pond Assisted Living Center in Hopkinton.
Born in Wareham, she was the daughter of the late Frederic F. Gomes, Sr. and Dorothy “Dot” (Gonsalves) (Gomes) Andrews. She graduated from Wareham High School and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and later Worcester State College, where she received a Master's degree in physical education.
After college, she married James Gately and moved to Spencer, where she lived for over 40 years. She taught at David Prouty High School in Spencer and then at Southbridge High School. At Southbridge, she became a beloved educator and coach for many years. She coached a variety of sports, including tennis, basketball, field hockey, and softball, receiving many accolades and honors in the process.
Lorraine was a spirited, vivacious woman who loved people and loved life. She made new friends wherever she went with her gregarious nature and sharp wit. She had a reputation as a tough but loving educator and coach who took immense satisfaction and joy from educating the youth.
A talented athlete and life-long sports fan, she enjoyed playing golf and rooting for her New England teams, both on television and in the stands. She was a lover of history, movies, and music, especially Motown. Lorraine was also a devout Catholic and church-goer who enjoyed giving back to her local community.
She was survived by her two children, James Gately Jr. of Los Angeles, California, and Jennifer Gately of Medway, Massachusetts. She was the sister of Joseph Andrews Jr. of Rhode Island and the late Richard Andrews and Frederic F. Gomes Jr. She was also survived by many loving relatives and friends.