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Obituary for Bill BATES

Bill ~ Suddenly passing on his way to his winter home in Florida, on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, in Athens, Tennessee, in his 76th year. Beloved husband to Nancy Butcher. Loving father of Kelly Chapman (Tom Grygorcewicz ) and Kris VanWilligen (Gilbert Powless). Cherished papa of Kelsey Watts (Andrew), Tanner Chapman (Megan Opersko), Laikin (James Dronfield) and Cooper VanWilligen. Adoring great pa of Genevieve Watts.
Step-father to Tonia Daniels (Dave) and Kym Cope (Steve). Bill will be dearly missed by Braeden, Logan, Jordan and Alex. Survived by his brothers Jack (Donna) and Barry (Nancy) Bates; sisters Marilyn Rogers, Barb (Earl) Lee, Nancy (Grant) McCurdy and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Yvonne Bates and son Billy.
Family and friends were received at the ARN-LOCKIE FUNERAL HOME, 45 Main Street West, Norwich, ON 519-863-3020, on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 7- 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 11a.m. - 1 p.m. A celebration of life to follow at 2pm at the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 190, 55 Stover Street, Norwich, ON. Cremation to follow. Donations in memory of Bill, may be made to the Huntington Society of Canada, Sakura House or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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