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Obituary for Donald Bates

March 20, 2018
East Haven, Connecticut

Loving Husband, Father, Son and Grandfather


Donald Bates, 85 of East Haven, formerly of North Haven died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. He was the beloved husband of the late Nina Kolakowski Bates. Donald was born in West Haven on November 14, 1932, a son of the late Frederick and Mildred Bates, and had resided in East Haven for the past forty eight years. He was an HVAC Technician for the Stop & Shop Warehouse, formerly of North Haven, retiring in 1995, and proudly served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during the Korean Era. Donald is survived by four sons, George Bates of Live Oaks, FL, Donald E. "Skipper" Bates of East Haven, Jeffrey Bates of Hamden and Mark Fox of Milford, five daughters, Susan Bates and her husband George of Live Oaks, Leslie Bates of New Haven, Lisa Bentham of Milford, and Rhonda Johnson and Pamela Whitley of North Carolina. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Lawrence Wydan, Robert W. Bates, Jr., Donald E. Bates, Jr., Shawn, Lisa, Julie, David, Sheila and Bryan Bates, Sara Kelly, Joshua Andrews, Malinda Figuera and Crystal Andrews. He was predeceased by his first wife Barbara Bouchard Bates, his second wife, Alma Bates, one brother, Frederick Bates, and one sister, Virginia Smith. A graveside service with military honors will take place on Saturday, March 24th at 11:30 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery, 15 Church Street, Ansonia. Memorial contributions in Donald's name made be sent to the VA Medical Center, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516. The Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven has been entrusted with arrangements.

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