Robert M. Bates

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BARRE TOWN - Robert Marshall Bates, 76, of Wildersburg Commons, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at his home, after battling cancer.

Born in St. Albans on Sept. 13, 1936, he was the son of the late Margaret (Rogers) and Marshall C. Bates.

Robert served his country proudly for four years in the U.S. Air Force. He later graduated from Champlain College in Burlington.

He worked for five years at the Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He later worked for Central Vermont Medical Center where he served as vice president of finance and CFO. He was with CVH for 25 years.

Robert married Rosemary Bisson Benedini in December 1993 at St. Monica Catholic Church.

Robert belonged to the Knights of Columbus. He was also a longtime member of St. Monica Parish in Barre, where he was a crucifer and served on the finance committee for several years.

Robert was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain people with his great sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Rosemary, of Barre Town; five children, Mark Bates and his wife, Karen, of Barre, Scott Bates, of Barre, Gina Benedini McDonald and her husband, Randy, of High Point, N.C., Christine Benedini Joyal and her husband, Alan, of Littleton, N.H., and Peter Benedini, of Williamstown; three sisters, Mona Bates, of New Jersey, Jean Bates, of New Jersey, and Carol Vance and her husband, Richard, of Fairfax, and one brother, John Bates, of Winooski; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; many close cousins, nieces, nephews and very special friends.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Rita Irene Brodeur, in 1993.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. There will be no calling hours.

A later spring burial will be held in Hope Cemetery in Barre.

Robert's vibrant sense of humor and love of life will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice of Vermont, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641; and St. Monica's Food Shelf, 79 Summer St., Barre, VT 05641.

Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
Published in Times Argus from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2013
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