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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. - Gary L. Bates, 71, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 27, 2013 with his loving family and close friends by his side.
Born February 17, 1941 in Troy, he was the son of the late Anthony G. and Helen M. (Flanagan) Bates. Gary graduated from Lansingburgh High School and went on to work for and retire from Allied Bendix Corp. (Honeywell) in Green Island. He served in the Army National Guard from 1959 to 1965. Later he worked for At Home Respiratory and Cambridge Auto Parts.
He loved gardening; sitting in his yard watching the birds; all kinds of fishing; a day at the Racino and having breakfast at the Country Girls Café as often as possible. He was an avid fan of the Dodgers stemming back to their days in Brooklyn. Over the years, he served as a Boy Scout leader and Little League coach.
Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Gary was the devoted husband of 41 years to Martha Woodworth Bates; the loving father of Christine (Paul) Zinoman of Clifton Park, Michael (Babes) Bates of Surprise, Arizona, Marcie Bates of Lansingburgh, Jeffrey (Rebecca) Bates of North Greenbush and his unofficially "adopted" son Scott Skiff (Aimee) of Durham, NY; and grandfather of Kimberly, Kenneth, Alijah, Ryan and Abigale Bates.
He leaves behind his siblings, John (Fran) Bates of Saratoga, Donald (Debby) Bates of Clifton Park and several nieces, nephews and their families.
Gary is predeceased by his first wife, Jean; and baby daughter, Janet; and his parents.
Gary will be buried at Stump Church Cemetery on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
A Memorial service will follow at 12 p.m. at the North Cambridge United Methodist Church-adjacent to the cemetery-on Stump Church Road, with Rev. Virginia Cornell officiating.
For those wishing to remember Gary in a special way, the family would appreciate donations to either the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, 37 Gilbert Street, Cambridge, NY 12816 or to a Hospice organization of your choice.
The family sends a very special thank you to the wonderful staff at St. Mary's Hospital, especially the doctors and nurses on 5 South, the respiratory therapists and the emergency room personnel, all who gave Gary the best possible care.
The family is being assisted by Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge. Please visit www.ackleyrossfuneralhome.com to share a memory or send a condolence.
Published in www.troyrecord.com on Jan. 28, 2013
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