Passing of Sidney Gates (1932 – 2021)

Sid Gates

Once again, I am very sad to report the loss of one of our fellow members. Brian Gates reported to me that his father, Sidney Gates (88), passed away on 5/15/2021. Many of you know that ‘Sid’ was one of the giants of our hobby and very well known throughout the Denver RC community. He was also one of the founding members of the Denver RC Eagles (i.e. Cherry Creek).

I first met Sid (a couple of years ago) when he was out flying with Brian. I remember writing about Father’s and Son’s enjoying this the hobby together, and highlighting the fact that these 2 fella’s were not a “typical” father and son. I also remember thinking how special it was that, after so many years, they were still enjoying this great hobby together. I will pass along details about a memorial and an obituary as they are available. Until then, please join me in extending condolences to Brian and their family and wishing Godspeed Sit Gates!

You can see Sid’s flying in the videos he posted to his YouTube channel:

Here is some ancient flying:


Sid’s memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 30 at 11:00am., at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd. Centennial, CO 80121. Memorial donations may be sent to either Air Force Aid Society or The American Heart Association.  You can read his obituary at the link below

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