Obituary: Catherine Gately

Catherine Gately, who died on Nov. 9.   Courtesy Photo

Catherine Gately, who died on Nov. 9.
Courtesy Photo

Catherine A. (Clifford) Gately, who was a lifelong resident of Mission Hill, died on Nov. 9.

Beloved mother of Karen T. Gately of Medford, Paula C. Gately of Chelsea, and Jimmy Gately of Mission Hill, Cathy was born to late Thomas and Molly Clifford from Kerry, Ireland. Loving sister of the late Mary and Timmy Clifford.

“Going to Ellie’s for Jellies” was a popular saying on the Hill, and during the 1960s and 1970s, Cathy joined members of her family to run the infamous Ellie’s Donut shop, where she was known for her caring way, taking time to talk and listen. She was a true Mission Hiller who could hold a captive audience with her great story telling ability.

She also worked and retired from Brookline Public Schools. Cathy was an advocate for her Mission Hill community serving on the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard board for many years, as well as a strong supporter of quality of life initiatives for people with special needs.

Remarkably nothing interfered with her unwavering commitment and dedication to her family, especially to her son, which carried through to her last days. Cathy was a lady of character and inner strength who was cherished for her warmth, great attitude about life, and loving nature.

Funeral from the William J. Gormley Funeral Home was on Nov. 17 and was followed by a funeral mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church).


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