BENEDICTA - Wesley V. Bates, 83, died peacefully after a brief illness at a Bangor Hospital. He was born in Moro Plantation, Maine the son of Vane and Beryl (Flemming) Bates. He graduated from Patten Academy and served as a Maine Guide for several years. He was a Korean Air Force Veteran and served in P'ohang-dong, Korea as a radar repairman. Wes worked for General Electric in the Medical Division from which he retired after 28 years.
Wes is predeceased by his wife of 56 years Carmella St. Germain Bates and his grandson Collin Bates.
He is survived by his four children Frederick Bates, Michelle B. Klam and her husband Dorian, Peter Bates and his wife Constance, Erin Bates-Letourneau and her husband Stephen, as well as his much loved grandchildren, Cole P. McMannus, Nicole Klam, Jessica Bates, Joseph Klam, Alyssa Bates, Eliza Letourneau, Anna Letourneau, and Isabella Letourneau along with many loved nieces and nephews, and his brother Frederick Bates.
A special thanks to the staff at the Maine Veterans Home for the comfort and care over the past few years. A memorial mass will be celebrated Tue. April 7 at 11am at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Benedicta. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Maine Veterans Home E Unit 44 Hogan Road Bangor, Maine 04401. Arrangements by Bowers Funeral Home, Island Falls.