Bill Bates Obituary, Death – The unexpected demise of Bill Bates has left all of us here at SOTER in utter disbelief and a state of profound grief. He was a wonderful buddy as well as an enthusiastic supporter of the metal scene in New England. We are beyond appreciative that we were able to attend Bill and Black North’s final gig and witness them in action. Bill was in such a good mood and had a wonderful time playing. Rest in peace, Bill; we all loved you, and we’ll miss you terribly.
On March 31, 1949, he was born in Cincinnati to his late parents, Raymond N. Bates and Elizabeth G. (Garten) Bates. Both of his parents have now passed away. Bill Bates was predeceased by his wife, Sharon Bates; son, Brian Bates; and brother, Jim Bates in addition to his own parents. His parents passed away first. He is survived by his son, Billy Bates, who is married to Tracy; his stepson, Mike Christophel; his grandchildren Josh, Joey, Andrea, Brian, Jake, and Emily; his brother, Ray Bates, who is married to Lois; and a large number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
Bill was a member of the Class of 1967 at Princeton High School, where he received his diploma. After that, in 1983, he established Tri-Mac Manufacturing in Hamilton, which is a business that is still going strong today. Bill had a long history of being an active outdoorsman, particularly in the fields of hunting and fishing. He had been elected to the position of mayor of West Elkton at one point. During Elvis Presley’s downtime, he could be heard playing music on the radio while working on his antique vehicles, the most of which were 1957 Chevrolet Corvettes.
Bill was a Mason in addition to being a member of the Gratis Eagles, and he could frequently be overheard expressing his pride in his family to anyone who would listen to him. Visitation will take place at Bales Funeral Home in Camden on Friday, February 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the funeral service will commence at 1 p.m. on that same day.