Rev. E. Gage Hotaling B.D., trustee emeritus, 1940
May 16, 2010
E. Gage Hotaling was 94 years old when he died Sunday morning, May 16, 2010. He grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of a Baptist minister. He preached his first sermon when he was 17 and preached a revised version two years ago as a celebration of 75 years of preaching the Gospel. At that time he was still a strong preacher and the sermon was thoughtful and inspiring. Gage graduated from Brown University in the class of 1935 and from Andover Newton Theological School in 1940. He was ordained as an American Baptist minister in 1940 and was a pastor in three Massachusetts Baptist Churches (Palmer, Hyannis, and Needham) before coming to Springfield’s Church in the Acres. He served Church in the Acres from 1972 - 1984. After that he served the Wales Baptist Church until he retired in 1990. Gage was also a retired Lieutenant Commander in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Naval Reserve. During World War II he was with the 4th Marine Division and conducted burial services for 1800 men in Iwo Jima. He was recalled to active duty in 1952 and served as Senior Protestant Chaplain at the Recruit Training Center in Bainbridge, Maryland to 1954. Gage was a former trustee of Andover Newton Theological School. Two years ago, the Conference of Baptist Ministers in Massachusetts gave Gage the Daniel Sharp Award for excellence in ministry.
Gage is survived by his wife of 70 years, Adele. They had four children, and have five grandchildren. One son preceded Gage in death.
A graveside service was held at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street in Agawam. A celebration of his life was held on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at the Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Massachusetts. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Road, Springfield MA 01119 or to the First Baptist Church, 760 Main Street, Box 324, Agawam MA 01101.