The Obit For Cletus Fate

Cletus Fate

Published in Sun-Sentinel from September 30 to October 1, 2009

Born on April 13, 1918 in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, Mr. Fate passed away peacefully on September 26th, 2009 in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Mr. Fate graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1936 and went on to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. He spent many years working in the Pennsylvania coal industry in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania. He also was a regionally and nationally known umpire for professional baseball.

He married his greatest love, Ruth Cater Fate; the couple subsequently relocated to Florida, residing in the Bonita Springs area as well as the Ft. Lauderdale areas for the rest of their lives. There he established Fate Machinery, a business that he continued to maintain until his late 80s.

Preceded in death by his brothers, sisters, and dear wife, he now leaves behind many close business associates, friends, and fifteen nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Deerfield Beach, Florida. Donations may be made in his name to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Deerfield Beach, Florida, 33442.

The relatives of Mr. Fate wish to thank all the friends, associates, caregivers, and hospice workers who assisted Mr. Fate before he joined his beloved wife, Ruthie.