WILLIAMSBURG - James J. "Jim" Bates, 84, of Williamsburg Landing in Williamsburg, Va., died from complications of lung cancer on Jan. 14, 2011.
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He was the husband of Nancy Evans Bates, with whom he would have celebrated 55 years of marriage on Feb. 11th.
Jim was born in New Brunswick, N.J., and attended Rutgers University prior to joining the Army. Upon discharge, he earned his MBA from Rutgers and joined Johnson & Johnson, where he spent over 30 years in various management and executive positions based in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. Jim was active in politics in New Jersey, and was awarded "Mr. Republican of North Brunswick" in the sixties. He was also a leader and innovator in the B.P.O.E organization, and received the rare honor of "Elks All American Leading Knight".
Prior to moving to Williamsburg Landing in 2006, the Bates' resided in Fords Colony in Williamsburg, for nearly 20 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Susan Norman of Charleston, S.C., Barbara Jeanneret of Atlanta, Ga., and Alison Cale of Richmond, Va., and their respective spouses; and five grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by a son, James Evans Bates, in 1973.
He will be cremated and no services are planned.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg, VA. 23188. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2011