Harold R. Bates

March 27, 1935October 3, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Harold R. Bates announce his passing October 3, 2021. He lived a fulfilling 86 years, born in German NY and then a long time resident of Norwich, over 75 years. He will be forever remembered by his loving wife Evelyn Sawyer Bates whom he shared 65 years with.

He will also be dearly missed by his three children, Brenda (Ki) Choe, Timothy Bates, and Diana (Doug) Jones Jr.; his sister-in-law, Helen Sawyer Bates, his special niece, Kelley Lea Bates (Root), 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, George Bates and Hazel Bates Lewis; his siblings, Christina Perkins, Henry Bates, Betty Stevens, Evelyn Graves, G. Donald Bates and Wilma Grey.

After graduating from Norwich High School, Harold began his employment at the local O&W Railroad before moving on to Norwich Eaton Pharmaceutical as a Machinist. He became a member of the Quarter Century Club and retired after 38 years with the company. Harold and Evelyn loved traveling through 49 of the 50 states, mostly in their RV, with family and friends. Only missing Louisiana. They were also snowbirds for the past several years escaping the cold in Dade City FL.

A memorial service for Harold will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 10, at R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich, with Pastor Mary Rublee officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery in German. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Harold’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at or the American Heart Association at


  • Calling Hours

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 10, 2021


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Al and Marlene Young Scheer

October 12, 2021

Harold and I (Marlene) were next door neighbors. Along with other kids in the neighborhood, we spent much time together. A favorite activity was marbles. Harold's front lawn became our playing field. I'm thankful his dad allowed (I think) his lawn to be torn up so we kids could have a nice place for our marble games. Harold was well liked by all of us. He was never bossy. He didn't have to have his own way. He was content to let others lead and he would join in. He was always friendly and pleasant, never unkind to anybody. I think of him with that smile on his face.He added so much to my happy childhood. Al knew him as a good, gentle guy. We need more "Harolds" in this world.
Thank God, there's another Meeting Place.
Love and sympathy to Evelyn and all the Bates family.

Ethel Houman

October 10, 2021

Dear Family,
I will never forget the wonderful times I had when I stayed at your place with Lorry. The wonderful, peaceful nights sleep, the greatest food, the most wonderful company. They will be in my memory forever. I will never forget and I will miss seeing Harold again.
God go with you Evelyn and find peace in knowing you both had the greatest life and he is watching over you.

Love always, Ethel

Bob and Sandy Smith

October 6, 2021

Had many good times at the Bates home, been friends for many, many years. Will miss Harold's unassuming presence whenever we visit with Evelyn and the family.
What a wonderful picture of Harold, looks like he could come right off the page. Know we are thinking of you, Evelyn and your family. We all lost a good friend.

Sandy J Smith

October 5, 2021

Evelyn and family, what wonderful memories I have of Harold and you with my mom. Harold always had a smile on his face and a sweet sentiment. May you know that God has wrapped his arms around you in protecting love. Rest in his arms, Harold!