FREEPORT — Lawrence A. Cates, 84, of Freeport, passed away on Nov. 20, 2013, at the Hawthorne House in Freeport, Maine. He was born in Fairfield, Maine, on Dec. 17, 1928, the son of George and Frances (Wing) Cates.

He served in the U.S. Army, worked on the family farm and other farms, and in shoe factories in Skowhegan and Freeport. He established his own appliance business and ultimately retired as an electrician from Bath Iron Works.

Lawrence attended the First Baptist Church of Freeport. He enjoyed playing mandolin and bones in a Blue Grass/Country band and attended many Blue Grass Festivals. He played at local area nursing homes. Woodworking, camping and grandkids were his hobbies.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Doris of Freeport; his son, Larry Cates and his wife Nu of Grovetown, Ga.; his three daughters, Susan Landon and her husband Nathan of Lisbon, Janice Arris of Portland, Sandra Holmes of Freeport; nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Jackie Chase of Burnham. He was predeceased by two infant daughters: Ginger and Laura Jean; his daughter Nancy Radley of Freeport, two brothers and two sisters.

The family wishes to thank Mid Coast Hospital, Hawthorne House, and CHANS for their excellent care.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at the Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, with a reception following at the funeral home. Please visit to view a video collage of Larry’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.