Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from May 8 to May 9, 2010
"Wedge" "Lefty" Gates: Passed away on May 6, 2010,
at age 89.
Predeceased by his parents, John and Anna Wargo; daughter, Ailene Wargo
and siblings Peter, John, Nicholas, Mary, Joseph and Anastasia Wargo.
Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jane (Christoff) Wargo; daughter,
Ann "Ancha" (Joseph) Best; grandchildren, Jessica and Gregory
Best; nieces and nephews, Carol (Thom) Hickey, Nicholas (Joann) Wargo,
Sonya and Sandy Wargo, Peter (Valerie) Wargo, Michael Wargo and Donna
Booth; several grand nieces and grand nephews.
In 1943, Paul played for the Rochester Red Wings as a left-handed pitcher
and outfielder. Paul served in World War II under General George S. Patton
While on tour in Europe with 65th Division, Paul played baseball with
a variety of major league players also serving the war effort; which provided
entertainment for the troops. He continued his career with the Red Wings
At the completion of his baseball career, he was employed with the Bricklayer's
Union NY #11 until his retirement in 1982. Paul and his wife Jane are
founding members of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester,
Friends may call Sunday (May 9th) from 7-9pm at the funeral home of ALVAH
HALLORAN & SON, 2125 Chili Ave. Funeral Services will be Monday, 12pm
at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 855 S. Goodman St.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. John the Baptist Orthodox
Interment, Riverside Cemetery.