John Gates

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The Trust is saddened to share news today of John Gates, former ambulance colleague, who has sadly passed away. 

John served many years with the Essex Ambulance Service and was a very well-known and highly respected member of the ambulance family, who devoted many years to the training department. Indeed, many of our Essex staff will be familiar with John as he was responsible for training hundreds of new recruits, right up to his retirement. 

John’s funeral is being held at Southend crematorium at 2pm on Wednesday (11th May). Past colleagues are very welcome to attend, and have been asked to wear uniform.

If you’d like to pass a message onto John’s family, including his son Paul who also spent many years at Essex Ambulance Service, please contact Locality Director Karl Edwards at

If you’ve been affected by John’s death, the Trust’s employee assistance programme is free, confidential, and is available 24/7. It can be accessed either on the phone or online: visit (user name: EEASTlogin, password: wellbeing), or call 0800 085 1376.

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