Elbert's Story

BREWER - Elbert Gardiner Bates, Jr., 89, passed away April 21, 2014, surrounded by his family. Elbert was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Strong, to Elbert Gardiner and Alice Mildred (Turner) Bates Sr.

The oldest of 8 children, Elbert graduated from Wilton High School in 1942 and then enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He served overseas during WWII, and was honorably discharged in 1946. After leaving the military, Elbert attended the University of Maine where he received a Bachelor's degree in Science in Biochemistry in 1950. He worked in medical research for many years seeking cures for cancer and diabetes. He was especially proud of helping to develop carageenan at Marine Colloids of Rockland. Elbert was a life-long member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, serving for many years as a deacon and elder. Elbert's proudest accomplishment was his nearly 65 years of marriage to his treasured wife, Virginia and his beloved five children and their families.

Elbert is survived by his wife, Virginia Andrews (Grant) Bates; his children, Barbara Jaeger, Pamela Batchelder and her husband, Kevin, V. Jeanne Watson and her husband, Perry, Brian Bates and his wife, Sabuelah, and Barry Bates and his wife, Anne; sisters, Judy Canniff, Betty McConnachie, Laura Hutchins and her husband, Dewey, Harriet Parrish and her husband, Kenneth, and Rachel Haggan and her husband, Clifton; brothers, Charles Bates and his wife, Rose and Thomas Bates; 14 grandchildren, Andrew, Tamara, Lisa, Courtney, Grant, Briana, Autumn, Cori, Tobias, Patrick, Eric, Justin, Taylor and Lydia; and 3 great grandchildren, Wade, William and Nathaniel. He was predeceased by his parents. The family would like to thank the staff of Maine Veteran's Home in Bangor for their loving care of Dad in the last years of his life.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Elbert will be held at a later date at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bangor. Those who wish to remember Elbert in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Maine Parkinson Society, 359 Perry Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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