James M. Bates
James M. Bates
  • August 15, 1932 - May 6, 2017
  • Binghamton, New York

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James M. Bates, Jr. of West Chenango, 84, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife, Terry Bates; his sisters, Pat Kenyon and Mary Bush; his son, Jimmy Bates; and his daughter, Sue Bates. Jim is survived by his sister, Bev Cunningham of Burnt Hills, NY; his daughters, Wendy Fisk of Ballston Lake, NY, Jamie Young of Phoenix, AZ., and Pam Bates of San Diego, CA.; grandchildren Jim, Bryan, Scott, Jeremy, Tamara, Tessa, Karilyn & Bryana, Stacey & Amanda, Alexandra, Brandon & Shannon, and 27 great grandchildren, as well and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim loved hiking in the mountains of the Adirondacks, boating, and spending time in nature. He spent a great deal of time on the yard and garden at his West Chenango home, coaching and managing softball teams, and supporting young people in sports and other activities. He was a kind and generous man, who loved to make strong connections with people. Jim was a caring and devoted husband and father, and a good friend to many.Jim was trained as a draftsman at General Electric in Schenectady, held a variety of positions over almost 30 years at EH Titchener and Company, and also worked at US Assemblies in Hallstead, the Broome County Landfill, and Jim's Formal Wear. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango St. Port Dickinson, NY 13901. Inurnment will be held in the Glen Castle Cemetery following the ceremony. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Those wishing kindly consider memorial contributions in Jim's name to the West Chenango United Methodist Church, 433 Upper Stella Ireland Rd. Binghamton, NY 13905.