Passings: Patricia Cates, a dedicated and longtime staff member

Dedicated and longtime former York University staff member Patricia Cates died on Jan. 20 at the age of 71.

Patricia Cates
Patricia Cates

Cates spent 40 years with York University as a financial and administrative co-ordinator in the then Faculty of Arts, and after leaving that position, she continued to serve the University part-time by working in the alternate exam rooms for students with disabilities.

Cates was instrumental in leading the United Way campaign in the Faculty, which she did for 11 years at York University. She was nominated for a President’s Award in recognition of her efforts.

She is survived by her sister, Noreen; her children, Andrew, Colin, and Christine; and her grandchildren, Julianna, Doiron, Perry, Graeme, Grayson and Zoey.

Visitation will be held at Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge St. in Richmond Hill, Ont., on Friday, March 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. If desired and/or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.