Ray Gates enjoys transforming his Havelock house and yard into a celebration of the holiday

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 20:30 PM.

“This is what I do all year for enjoyment,” he said. “My wife loves me and lets me do it.”

A retired Marine who works as a contractor at Cherry Point, Gates describes himself as “a tinkerer.”

He has four daughters, two who are married and two in school here. He claims that they’re normal.

“As normal as four daughters could be having two Marines as parents,” he said.

He said people are always asking him why he puts so much work and effort into just one night. The answer is simple. He said he does it to bring enjoyment to the kids.

As he worked on his assembly on Saturday, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, better known as the theme from “Phantom of the Opera,” played in the background.

“I always have the music,” he said.



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