OBITUARY

George Earl Bates

April 3, 1931June 11, 2019
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George Earl Bates Patten and Old Town--George Earl Bates, 88, died peacefully on Monday, June 11th. He was born on April 3rd, 1931 in Moro, Maine a son of Graydon Murr and Beulah Castola (Arbour) Bates. After serving 18 months in the Army during the Korean war, George returned to his bride Elizabeth to begin their life together. They eventually took over the McCourt Farm in Patten where Elizabeth was born and where they decided to raise their five children. George was an active member of the Patten community from being a Town Selectman to singing at Patten Pioneer Days. George had many professions, several businesses and was known as a jack of all trades. He had a commercial pilots license, owned his own plane and enjoyed giving plane rides to family and friends. He flew commercially until a plane crash in 1980 changed the trajectory of his career, when he decided to sell real estate. His gifts and talents and "can do" attitude is legendary among all those who knew him. He was very creative and innovative, using his talents from fixing equipment of all sorts, to writing songs, poetry and music. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying family, friends and always welcomed strangers, who often became friends! His faith in God helped him through many trials, along with his loving wife. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Caroline (McCourt) Bates, his five children, Margaret Davis and husband Charles, Jeffrey Bates, Mary Beth Willett and husband LeRoy, David Bates and wife Leslie, Thomas Bates and wife Kim and Wendy Robertson. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren; Adam Whitehead, Joshua Davis, Jessica Novoson and husband Seth and son Michael, Tiffany Erskine, husband Mike and daughter Ellie, Michael Bates and son's Kaden and Nicolas, Lisa Feener and husband Jake, Natalie Baccari and husband Danny, Matt Bates, Cassie Bates, Teddi Bates White and husband Jarod, Kaylee Bates and Laura Pearce. He is also survived by his sister Donna Kilgore and husband Robert, brother Hollis Bates and wife Nadine, sisters-in-law Sally Bates and Rosemary Bates and life long friend Donald Kilgore. He is survived and loved by a multitude of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who are too numerous to list, but each one holds a special place in his heart. He was predeceased by his parents, Graydon and Beulah Bates, his brothers, Merle, Maurice, Ira, and Wendall Bates and twoinfant sisters, Pauline and Emily. Friends may call 4-6 PM Sunday June 16, 2019 at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM Monday at Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, Old Town where a reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Interment with military honors will be Tuesday June 18, 2019 at 11:00am at Patten Cemetery, Patten, Maine. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the Activity Fund at Orono Commons 117 Bennoch Road Orono, ME 04473

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Services

16 June

Visitation

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Birmingham Funeral Home

438 Main St
Old Town, Maine 04468

17 June

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am

Holy Family Parish

429 Main St
Old Town, Maine 04468

18 June

Graveside Service

11:00 am

Patten Cemetery


Patten, ME

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Doris and Virgil Lynch

June 14, 2019

Our love and sympathy to you Liz and all your family. We have many happy memories of George over the years. Always a smile, a little joke, a song. He was an original and very special. Will miss him.

maggie gerow

June 14, 2019

Dear Liz, Margie, Jeff, Mary Beth, David, & Tom,
George did indeed live his life to the fullest and loved every minute of it. I can just imagine he, Wally and Myrna to mention a few, are all up in Heaven singing away. We sure had some wonderful times together with GB and Liz, love them both for the loving people that they have been to everyone. May God give you the Peace only He can give you and know you are all in my prayers.

Love, Maggie

Kate Hitchcock (Bates)

June 13, 2019

Dear Liz & Family,
My heart is heavy in hearing the news of George’s passing. I know I have a photo somewhere of George pickin’ & grinnin’ on the front porch - surrounded by his family and the beauty of Maine in it’s truest sense - just as George would have it 💜. He was truly a man so full of life - I can’t imagine the world without him. May you find peace in knowing he lived every minute to it’s fullest and he loved you all bigger than big. My love to you ~ kate

Lori Worcester

June 12, 2019

Dear Liz, Mary Beth and family,
George has always been a favorite friend to me. From singing together at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Patten to sing alongs at Mountain Heights we have always had a ton of fun. George spread smiles like rays of sun. He graced the world with his fun loving nature. I can still hear his laughing song in my head.
I always loved singing with him God Bless America when Saturday mass fell on a patriotic holiday. I can picture George singing for the angels.
My heart & prayers are with you all.
Love, Lori & Craig Worcester

Deb Mahoney

June 12, 2019

Dear Liz, Margie, Jeff, MaryBeth, David and Tommy,

We wish to express our condolences to you. I was proud to have called him my father-in-law. He was certainly one of a kind!

May GB Rest In Peace and may all of you find strength in the many, many, many memories you have.

Keeping each of you in our prayers.
Love,
Debbie and Tim

Betty Bishop

June 12, 2019

Georgie recorded our wedding August 2,1986. I have known George for a good part of my life. He was such friendly, kind loving man. It saddens my heart that he has left us so soon. Love to Luz and the family. Hold on tight to all your good memories. Fly high Georgie 😘

Ann MacIlroy Reilly

June 12, 2019

Many Sundays and holidays with combined families, listening to George and Uncle Wally play and sing. George's laugh was always infectious. Much love to you all, always.

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Biography

George Earl Bates
Patten and Old Town--George Earl Bates, 88, died peacefully on Monday, June 11th. He was born on April 3rd, 1931 in Moro, Maine a son of Graydon Murr and Beulah Castola (Arbour) Bates.
After serving 18 months in the Army during the Korean war, George returned to his bride Elizabeth to begin their life together. They eventually took over the McCourt Farm in Patten where Elizabeth was born and where they decided to raise their five children. George was an active member of the Patten community from being a Town Selectman to singing at Patten Pioneer Days.
George had many professions, several businesses and was known as a jack of all trades. He had a commercial pilots license, owned his own plane and enjoyed giving plane rides to family and friends. He flew commercially until a plane crash in 1980 changed the trajectory of his career, when he decided to sell real estate.
His gifts and talents and "can do" attitude is legendary among all those who knew him. He was very creative and innovative, using his talents from fixing equipment of all sorts, to writing songs, poetry and music. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying family, friends and always welcomed strangers, who often became friends! His faith in God helped him through many trials, along with his loving wife.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Caroline (McCourt) Bates, his five children, Margaret Davis and husband Charles, Jeffrey Bates, Mary Beth Willett and husband LeRoy, David Bates and wife Leslie, Thomas Bates and wife Kim and Wendy Robertson. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren; Adam Whitehead, Joshua Davis, Jessica Novoson and husband Seth and son Michael, Tiffany Erskine, husband Mike and daughter Ellie, Michael Bates and son's Kaden and Nicolas, Lisa Feener and husband Jake, Natalie Baccari and husband Danny, Matt Bates, Cassie Bates, Teddi Bates White and husband Jarod, Kaylee Bates and Laura Pearce.
He is also survived by his sister Donna Kilgore and husband Robert, brother Hollis Bates and wife Nadine, sisters-in-law Sally Bates and Rosemary Bates and life long friend Donald Kilgore.
He is survived and loved by a multitude of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who are too numerous to list, but each one holds a special place in his heart. He was predeceased by his parents, Graydon and Beulah Bates, his brothers, Merle, Maurice, Ira, and Wendall Bates and twoinfant sisters, Pauline and Emily.
Friends may call 4-6 PM Sunday June 16, 2019 at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10AM Monday at Parish of the Resureection, Hly Family Church, Old Town where a reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Interment with military honors will be Tuesday June 18, 2019 at 11:00am at Patten Cemetery, Patten, Maine.