Theodore C. Bates

September 21, 1934January 6, 2018

Theodore C. (Ted) Bates, 83, a lifelong resident of Plymouth passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, January 6, 2018, at the Chenango Memorial Hospital. Ted was born on September 21, 1934 in Plymouth the son of Clayton and Ida (Frink) Bates. He was educated in the German Hollow, Norwich and Sherburne Central Schools from which he graduated in 1954. Upon completion of high school Ted attended Alfred. Soon after his education Ted gained employment with Norwich Pharmaceuticals from which he retired after 42 years of service. Throughout his years with the company he had worked in all of the plants, Eaton Ave, the research lab facility and the plant in No. Norwich. He retired as a Lab Technician in the microbiology area. Ted was well known not only in Plymouth but in Norwich and the surrounding area. His gift of gab, Lord knows he liked to talk, and joking around was his trademark. He loved going to the neighbors for coffee and conversation. His unique and special way of carrying on a conversation will forever be remembered. On a more serious side, Ted was a true friend to many and would help in any way. When all the joking and kidding was done his sincerity came thru. Over the years he had helped with words of comfort and prayer at several functions and funeral services. Ted’s involvement with his community was a testament to his life. He was a 59 year member of the Plymouth United Methodist Church where he had held several offices. The Plymouth Fire Dept, of which he was a member for 59 years, was the recipient of his knowledge and common sense. Over the years he had held various offices within the department. He was a former member of the Plymouth Grange, had been a Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 58, had served as town councilman for the Town of Plymouth, was a member of the Quarter Century Club, a member of the fire brigade at the Norwich Pharmaceutical Co., the Fire Advisory Board, the Plymouth Historical Society and County Fireman’s Association. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, watching sports, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants. In a nut shell Ted was a family man, socialite and friend to many. He will truly be missed by all. On June 16, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Sherburne he married Ella Larcom who survives. Also surviving are his children; Christie (Thomas) Brown of Groton, Timothy (Donna) Bates of Windsor, Mark (Rebecca) Bates of Norwich and Mathew Bates (Jenn Burns) of Sherburne, 14 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins along with his brother Dennis (Betty Lou) Bates of Norwich, sister-in-law Frances Winton of Norwich and a very special cousin Gladys Wood also of Norwich Ted was predeceased by an infant daughter Darlinda, his sister and brother-in-law June and Norman Cooley, brother George Bates, mother-in-law Elsie Larcom and brother-in-law Benny Winton A funeral service for Ted will be held on Thursday, January 11, at 1:00 pm from the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Thanna Howell, Pastor of the Plymouth United Methodist Church will officiate. Friends may call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 1-3 and 6-8 pm. Interment will be at a later date in the South Side Cemetery of Plymouth. Please consider memorial contributions to the Plymouth United Methodist Church, P.O.Box 102, Plymouth, NY 13832 or to the Plymouth Fire Dept.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 11, 2018


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Kathy Silvestri

January 11, 2018

So sorry to hear about Ted...such a nice man..I loved our talks.
My sympathy to Ella and the family.
Kathy Garito Silvestri

Suzy (Bates) Wyman

January 11, 2018

Losing a loved can be so hard, especially when I'm so far away -
I often reflect on all the special memories we've shared over the years and smile. Remembering all the fun family times and special ways Ted touched our hearts and his generous nature. I treasure the days at Sunday School and the rides homes from my sports. Thank you for the memories Uncle Ted. Much love to Ella, Chris and Family, Tim and Family, Mark and Family & Mathew and Family.

January 10, 2018

So sorry for your loss Tim. Kathy Tracey

Louise Chen

January 9, 2018

By now, Grandma Ida Bates has prepared one of her huge wonderful feasts to welcome Uncle Ted home with a huge gathering of family and friends.

God Bless you Uncle Ted. Thank you for your humorous warm concern for everyone around you.