R.I.P. Mike Cates

Posted by: Dave DeWitt


Mike Cates and Renate Zoschke

<At left, Mike ferries Renate Zoschke 
around on his cooler train.

We have just learned of the passing of Mike Cates, which is another blow to Hot Shots, the company that lost their leader, Dave Lutes, late last year.  Mike worked for Dave for many years and was a familiar face every year at the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show.  We do not as yet have details about his passing, but it was unexpected.  Mike made a lot of friends at the show and would constantly entertain us with his antics.  He will be sorely missed.  Our condolences to his wife and family.


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We're saddened by the news of Mike Cates' passing. He was a fun guy indeed, and one of the kindest people we've ever met. He'll be missed by everyone at the Fiery Foods Show, staff, exhibitors and visitors alike. Renate and I also feel sorry for his wife; the two were such a lovely couple.
Harald Zosche , January 22, 2010
Mike died of a brain aneurysm in early December:nhttp://www.chilefoundry.co.uk/?p=4375nnIt was a very tragic double loss for Hot Shots. May Mike and Dave rest in peace.
Scott Roberts , January 19, 2010

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