OBITUARY

Richard Emmert Bates

July 27, 1939February 2, 2019
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Richard Emmert Bates of Croton-on-Hudson, New York passed away on February 2, 2019 at the age of 79. Richard was born to Emmert and Louise (George) Bates on July 27, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Riverdale in the Bronx. Richard graduated Riverdale Country School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and earned his masters from Columbia University. Richard was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and served as an intelligence officer in Europe from 1963 through 1967. It was during this time overseas that he met the love of his life, Barbara (Delaup) Bates, a teacher from New Orleans then teaching at a school on his military base in France. Barbara and Richard were married for 48 years, until her passing in April 2016. Richard spent his entire career in publishing, ending his career at Pearson Education in Old Tappan, NJ. He loved to read and amassed a large collection of books. Richard was an avid runner, running nine New York City Marathons and one San Diego Marathon. He was a lifelong, dedicated and passionate Yankee Fan. Richard is survived by his daughter, Erica Bates, his son, Brett Bates, and his three grandchildren, Will, Jack, and Callie. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Bassous and her husband Ernie Bassous, and his nephew, Jason Stevens and his wife Erica Brown. A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 5-8pm at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 170 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose, NY. The memorial funeral service will begin at 7pm with a military honor guard service. In lieu of flowers, we will be collecting money at the memorial service to send trays of food every day for a week to thank the nursing staff and doctors at Northern Westchester Hospital. The hospital staff took loving care of both Barbara and Rick, who each spent many months in-patient at the hospital during their respective treatments. The staff there devoted immeasurable time and effort caring for them as if they were family or a friend. Barbara and Rick each felt it was important to always say thank you to people and this team’s work made terribly painful events much easier.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019
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Richard Emmert Bates

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Jeannie Eisel

February 9, 2019

My memory of Rick goes back to third grade at Riverdale . That year we studied American Infians and the class built a hogan. My name was Red Feather and his was Soeedy something. Since then whenever we emailed each other we signed with those names. He was a witness to my youth and I to his. At least part of it . So sad that connection is gone.
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Carol Greenough

February 5, 2019

To All of Rick's Family, While I am so very sorry to hear of his passing, I cannot help but smile when I hear his name! I worked with Rick for almost 30 years at Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster/Viacom/Pearson. And he was certainly a master of his craft both in Customer Service and PMO. But then there were all the many other things he led for us - Unsung Heroes, ERA, the holiday party, redoing the conference rooms - what color should we paint them, what shall we call them, what pictures should we put up???? And we had a lot of laughs through this entire process. Then there was the Book Sale! We all worked together with Rick to make it successful - and I bought as many books as I possibly could according to the rules and regulations! And Rick helped me transport all these books to my car so I could hide them from my husband who said, 'no more books!' My husband sadly passed away a few months back and now he and Rick can discuss how I hid case, after case, after case!! I send to Rick's family my sincere condolences and prayers. To Rick, it was an honor and a privilege to just know you!! I hope you are resting in the sweetest peace!!

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