NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Philip Kates died December 30. He was the husband of Dorothy (Levow) Kates for 63 years. Born in Portland, Maine, he was a son of the late Samuel and Bella (Cope) Kates.
He was a graduate of the University of Maine and had worked in the New Bedford area for many years in retail. He was a member of Tifereth Israel Congregation and was a Shriner and a Mason.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children Sheryl Kates of Newton, Todd Kates of Newton and Steven Kates and his wife Susan of Needham; his sister Beryl Zecker of Framingham; his grandchildren, Heather and Brooke Porder, Vitaliy Kates and Adam and Sara Kates; and several nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home, 200 Hawthorne St., New Bedford, MA 02740 or to United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Boston, Inc., 71 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.