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Official Obituary of

Alan Charles Bates

October 12, 1943 ~ March 27, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Alan Bates Obituary

Alan (Al) Charles Bates Sr. (aged 80), passed away at the home he built in Burton; surrounded by the 5 amazing women who cared for him and loved him until the very end - early Wednesday morning on March 27, 2024.

Al was born October 12, 1943 in Cleveland to the late Robert F. and Eleanor D. (Stanis) Bates. He married his High School sweetheart, Joyce Briggs, on May 2, 1964.

Al was the proud owner and operator of Alan Bates Excavating, the foundation upon which he provided for his family and demonstrated an unmatched work ethic that has INSPIRED multiple generations. His ACTIONS and quiet generosity ALWAYS spoke louder than his words.

He was an active member of St. Helen Catholic Church and the Pleasant Hills Snowmobile Club in Burton. Al enjoyed golfing in early retirement and later learned to love playing rummy with his wife, kids, and grandchildren where memories were made around the kitchen table - his catch phrases and one line zingers will never be forgotten. He made friends wherever he went. His closest neighbors on Pine Island, FL or a passing stranger could attest to this. Al enjoyed driving across the country with his family, making countless memories; even collecting a classic auto or two.
He will be sorely missed by his loving wife Joyce, his daughters: Barb (Nick) Vizy of Troy, Deborah (Dean) Pawlak of Claridon, Brenda (Todd) Hornak of Burton, Michelle (Rick) Rucinski of Burton, his grandchildren: Ben Vizy, Alec Vizy, Ethan Pawlak, Aaron (fiancee Natalie Washington) Pawlak, Troy Hornak, Jenna Hornak, Bryce Hornak, Caitlyn Rucinski, and Emma Rucinski. Al is also survived by his sister-in-law Carole Bates, his brother-in-law Richard Kuhen, and his honorary son Ken (Christina) Veon, and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Al was tragically preceded in death by his beloved son Alan Charles Bates Jr., his sister Eloise Kuhen, his brother Robert (Bob) Bates Jr, niece Robbin Bates, and nephew Robert (Bobby) Bates III.

On Saturday, April 6th, there will be a Memorial Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church, 12060 Kinsman Rd, Newbury, OH 44065 with Father Jay McPhillips officiating. The Family will gather with Friends and Family before the Mass from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the gathering space (narthex) at the Church.

Memorial Donations can be made in Alan Bates' name to St. Helen Building Fund, 

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Gathering of Family and Friends
April 6, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Helen Catholic Church
12060 Kinsman Rd
Newbury, OH 44065

Memorial Mass
April 6, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Helen Catholic Church
12060 Kinsman Rd
Newbury, OH 44065


St. Helen Building Fund
12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury OH 44065


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