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OATES, William Armstrong Jr. Died Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the age of 74 from complications of multiple myeloma. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on July 27, l942 to William Armstrong and Margaret Nichols Oates. His childhood was spent at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Macy Oates (Muffy) and three married daughters - Elizabeth (Lilly) Rosegard, Katherine (Kate) Sweeny, and Emily Torres, as well as brothers, James Maclay Oates and Thomas Nichols Oates. Bill has six grandchildren: Ethan and Kate Rosegard, Macy and Walker Sweeny, and Billy and Georgie Torres. He graduated from Groton School, Colby College, and the Harvard Business School. He was an investment advisor and founding partner of Northeast Investment Management in Boston, where he managed Northeast Investors Growth Fund for more than 30 years, and also a former director of the Horn Corporation, Clifford of Vermont and Furman Lumber. He was a trustee of Colby College and a director of the Colby Art Museum, a former trustee and treasurer of the Roxbury Latin School, and a former trustee and board president of Groton School. While living in Dedham, MA all his married life, he had avid interests in art collecting, gardening, photography, and travel. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Dedham, on Friday, February 24 at 11AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Oates Faculty Travel Fund at The Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, MA - The William A. Oates, Jr. '61 Fund to Support Faculty Summer Study at Groton School, Groton, MA - or the William A. Oates, Jr. '65 Endowed Fund for the Colby College Art Museum, Waterville, ME. Online guestbook at gfdoherty.com. George F. Doherty & Sons Dedham 781-326-0500

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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, 2017.
Funeral service
11:00 AM
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
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February 11, 2020
I know you are having fun in heaven. Amusing people with your dry sense of humor.
I miss driving you to the airport wearing those cool purple glasses!!
Simone Abraham
February 23, 2017
Our heartfelt sympathies are with the Oates family at this time.

The Trustees and Management of John Hancock Funds
February 22, 2017
My heart felt condolences to you Mrs. Oates and your family!I too will miss him. I will especially miss our political debates and our differences on what routes to take into Logan Airport. His was " going through the heart of darkness" which was Washington Street, Boston and mine the Mass Pike.Rest In Peace Mr. Oates!!
Simone Abraham
February 21, 2017
My sympathy to the entire Oates family. Billy worked with my sister Pam and it was a pleasure to have met him on a few different occasions. Such a great man!
Oliver Kelley
February 19, 2017
Our very sincerest condolences to Billy's entire family. Barry had the chance to work with Billy when he was with Furman Lumber. Thinking of all of you with much sadness.
Sandra and Barry Kronick
February 19, 2017
Words can't express how sad we were to hear of Billy's passing. We not only considered him a trusted and concerned investor for us, but a dear friend. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Robert Lang and Linda Messer
William Oates
February 18, 2017
Dear Mrs Oates

Our deepest and sincere sympathy to you and your family. Our entire family grieve your loss, we all have fond memories of Bill going back many years.

Jim and Elaine Connolly
Jim and Elaine Connolly
February 18, 2017
Dear Muffy,

Although we have not seen each other much in recent years, I have often thought of the two of you. It was sad to see your husband's name on the board at The Country Club. Many hugs for you and your family - spread out over these difficult days and adjustments.
Caroline Whitney
February 18, 2017
Dear Muffy and family,

I was very sad to hear this news of Billy. I know he was a wonderful fellow and loved you all to bits. My fondest memories are of sitting next to him at one of Duncan's glam birthday celebrations in Boston. So much fun, so full of energy!

My sincerest condolences,
Jill Barber Helmer
Jill Barber Helmer
February 18, 2017
Our most sincere condolences to the Family.

Fernando and Arminda Figueroa
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