R. Peter Gates - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

R. Peter Gates

Born July 16, 1946

R. Peter Gates, age 70, of Landenberg, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Born in Mullens, WV on July 16, 1946, Peter was the son of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Denney) Gates. He was a graduate of Claymont High School, and would later work as a mechanic with the DuPont Company, retiring after 38 years of dedicated service.

An avid racing enthusiast, Peter was named the 1986 Pro Formula Atlantic Champion. He enjoyed racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and at Watkins Glen. Peter was a 50-year member of the Sports Car Club of America. Above all else, he was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be very dearly missed.

Peter is survived by his wife of 50 years, Freda Dawn Gates; son, Scott Gates (Jessica) of Wilmington, DE; brothers-in-law, Newell Fields (Faye) of Middletown, DE, Alan Fields (Mary Jane) of Jupiter, FL and Nick Liberman of Arden, DE.

At Peter’s request, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Community, 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807.


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10 Condolences for R. Peter Gates

  • This is one chequered flag I would rather not see. We’ll miss you Peter, RIP
    Pat and Brian Green

  • Fairwell my Friend, until we can race together again. I have enjoyed all the years racing with you, your friendship and wisdom.
    My condolences go out to Freda and Scott.

    Simon and Family.

  • Freda,
    I was so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing.
    No one could have been more loving, and devoted to his care and comfort.
    I look forward to seeing you, in your own time, on the mat nearby,


  • I worked at the Edgemoor site where Pete was a garage mechanic. Mostly a quiet guy- remembering going to a Virginia raceway which Pete raced in. Blessing to the Family in this time of loss.

  • Dearest Freda,
    May the thoughts and prayers of your family and friends surround you and give you comfort and peace. May all good memories live in your mind and heart forever. ❤️
    Thinking of you fondly…

  • Dear Freda and Scott,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Pete was a real sweetheart
    guy and it was a pleasure to know him. We will keep him in our
    With love,
    Charlie and Audrey

  • Freda, Had a lot of fun with Pete in high school. Lost track of Pete after high school. Sorry to hear of his passing.
    Mike Griffith

  • Freda, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Ronnie. He was one of the nicest guys at CHS and I will never forget him. Our hearts go out to you and your son. May God comfort you and your family and bring you peace as days go by.

  • We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Pete was a very nice man. He will be missed very much by his family and friends.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Connie & Jim Mullen

  • Freda Dawn,
    Just heard your sad news. So sorry for your loss. Cancer has really played havoc with your family. Hopefully, they will be finding a cure in our lifetime. I know you will cherish the memories, and it is those memories that will keep you close to him.

    Deepest Sympathy,