Richard L. Bates, 88, passed away Monday November 16 at Baystate Medical Center. Born in Springfield he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Dugas) Bates. Richard was a graduate of Technical High School in Springfield and was a US Marine Corps Veteran during the Korean War. He worked for Metropolitan Life and Pratt and Whitney for many years and was a member of the Roswell Lee Lodge of Masons. His beloved wife, Helen (Timberlake) Bates died in 1999. He leaves her loving children, Richard L. Jr. of West Springfield and Linda Lewis of Feeding Hills, his beloved siblings, Leo Bates of Springfield and Betty Durant of Feeding Hills, his loving grandchildren, Richard T. and Cheyenne, his loving great grandchildren, Sawyer and Finnleigh, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Ernest. All services are private and the Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623.
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