Harold was born at Forbes Air Force Base, Topeka, Kan, on Sept. 24, 1954. After spending his childhood in England, California, Tennessee and Missouri, he graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1972 where he played saxophone in the marching band.
While in high school, Harold and his father and sister, Cindy, formed a country group with Harold on banjo called "The Crowley Ridge Runners" and were featured on the Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon on KFVS television station in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was also a member of the Golden Eagles Marching Band while attending Southeast Missouri State University. Harold went on to become a talented musician with several bands playing numerous instruments including the banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and keyboard.
In 1980, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in aircraft electronics after 10 years service. While stationed in Madrid, Spain, he created and performed with "Southern Comfort," a successful country and southern rock band.
Harold is survived by his wife Pamela A. Gloth Hanshew Cate of Scott City, Mo.; daughter Catie J. Gagnon, her husband Richard Gagnon, and her mother Tammy Lashley Cate Valdez, Alamogordo, NM (formerly of Dexter); parents Norman H. Cate, Sr. and Ruby J. Cate, Shepherdstown, WV (formerly of Bloomfield); stepson Shawn Hanshew, Scott City; grandchildren Michael and Madison Gagnon, Alamogordo, NM; step-grandchildren Jason Gagnon, Alamogordo, NM, and Abigail Hanshew, Scott City; sisters Linda S. Sanders and her husband Louie T. (Tom) Sanders, Jr., Shepherdstown, WV, and Cindy L. Noble and her husband Stephen Noble, Chantilly, VA; nieces and nephews Charity E. Sanders Stricker, Clayton, NC, Sean T. Sanders and his wife Caroline S. Sanders, Inwood, WV, Brittany L. Noble and Kaylee M. Noble, Chantilly, VA; and great nephews Matthew T., Joseph C. and Daniel W. Sanders, Inwood, WV, and Noah T. Stricker, Clayton, NC.
Graveside services with military honors were held at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield on Sept. 13, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Visitation was held at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel, Chaffee, Mo. on Sept. 12, 2011.