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Donald Gatto

DONALD L. GATTO age 74, beloved husband of the late Angie (nee Monastero); loving father of Michael and Kristin Gatto, Linda and Tim Todaro, and Gina and Dennis Gatts; devoted grandfather of Isabella, Olivia, Andrew, Ellie, Angelina, Bronson, Donny and Macy; cherished son of the late Vince J. and Mary (nee Sortino); dearest brother of Vince and Bob (wife Roseanne); treasured brother-in-law of Rose Gatto and the late Chuck Monastero (wife Evette); dear uncle, great-uncle and cousin of many.

Don was born on September 13, 1943 in Cleveland and passed away on May 8, 2018. He was a resident of Gates Mills for 21 years, formerly of Highland Heights. Don was the second-generation owner/operator of Gatto Electric, started by his father and uncle. After a lifetime of dedication and hard work Don retired in 2015. He loved boating, golf and his family. Don enjoyed spending time with his family and was a wonderful and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be remembered most as a selfless, giving, generous and hardworking man. Don was strong-willed, tenacious, and driven. His favorite saying was “There is the right way, wrong way and Don’s way.” He will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Don to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, OH 44117.

Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 10 AM. Entombment following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Don at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) MONDAY 2-4 & 5-8 PM.

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  1. Rita Di Michele :

    Dear Michael, Kristen and family. We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dear Father, Father-in-law and Grandfather. May His memory live forever in your hearts.
    Eugene, Rita and Sofia Di Michele

    • Kristin Gatto :

      Rita, Michael and I thank you for the kind words on the passing of my father in law. He truly will be missed.
      Kristin.

  2. Jeannine Soster :

    Dear Michael, Kristin, Linda and Gina and family: I’m so sorry for the loss of Mr. Gatto. What an amazing family man. I had the honor of being part of his life for 14 years and I am truly grateful. Hold onto all the great memories. He will be missed. Love to all. Kevin & Jeannine Soster

  3. Martin Albee :

    Sorry for your loss. Don was such a kind and good man.

  4. Marc Cianciolo :

    Gina, Linda, and Michael. I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your dad. Thinking of you all.

  5. Jim and Gina Patrona :

    Jim and I are beyond sad about the passing of Don. Visiting Cleveland will not be the same without seeing Don. He lived, laughed and loved!! Gods blessings to all.

  6. Sherri R. Leonetti- Trivisonno :

    So sorry to hear the loss of an ole family friend. We will always cherish memories of shared vacations, summer camping and hanging out with my folks; playing bocce, cards, charter fishing and so much more. Don, you will be missed by so many. My mom, Albina and I send our condolences to Michael and family. (Your dad will always hold a place in our hearts.)

  7. Patti and Jim Bedocs :

    We are so sorry to lose our dear Don. We had so many good times with him. Our lives definitely won’t be the same without him. He will be so missed. Our condolences to all.

  8. Cindy Gallucci :

    My children and I have many fond memories of Don. He would take the time to stop and talk with each of them about school, activities and especially banter with Alex and Daniella about golf. He was Gust’s closest friend. I know my husband was there waiting with Angie to bring him thru the gates.

  9. Dear GATTO FAMILY! So saddened to learn of Don’s passing. He truly was a “family man” and loved LIFE, large! Don was very PROUD of each and every one of you & would delight in telling stories. His physical presence will be missed at family gatherings; he always made us SMILE with his honest opinions/insights of people/life. We do know that the genuine dedication and LOVE, which Don consistently provided to family members/friends, will continue to guide, direct, and protect you ALL!
    Love, Jan and Ken

  10. Anthony Monastero :

    Sorry for the loss of your dad he was great guy. I am sorry I can’t be there I am out of town for work.

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