The father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, a lawyer and philanthropist died Monday from Alzheimer’s disease, according to his son. Gates died peacefully at his beach home in Washington state.
William Gates Sr. was born in Bremerton in 1925, the son of a furniture store owner. He graduated from Bremerton High School. The elder Gates was an Army veteran and joined the U.S. Army to fight in World War II.
He returned to Seattle after the war to earn an undergraduate and law degree at the UW. He is a founding partner in a Seattle law firm, according his official biography. Gates said his father was critical in starting the charitable organization that has been Gates’ central focus since he stepped away from running Microsoft. Above all, Bill Gates’ father served as co-chair of the foundation, which started in 2000.
In 1998, he helped start the Washington News Council. It is a nonprofit with a mission of promoting fairness, accuracy and ethics in the news media in the state. He was also known for championing the poor. In addition, Gates published a book in 2009, “Showing up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime.”
The Father Of Bill Gates Dies At 94
My dad was the “real” Bill Gates. He was everything I try to be and I will miss him every day.https://t.co/OnAEsmosNb
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) September 15, 2020
“My dad’s wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world,” Bill Gates wrote in a tribute. “People used to ask my dad if he was the real Bill Gates,” the tech magnate wrote. “The truth is, he was everything I try to be.”
In January 2018, on NBC’s “Today” show, Bill Gates Jr. revealed that his father had Alzheimer’s disease. The younger Gates said he was investing $100 million into Alzheimer’s research to look for new cures and treatments.