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In Memory of
Thomas E. Bates
July 20, 1932 - September 11, 2018

Tuesday, September 18th from 10-11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church

Tuesday, September 18th 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church

Thomas E. Bates, 86, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Tom was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and a 1950 graduate from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He spent his professional life as a furniture salesman/broker for Glicks, Daystrom, American Drew, and Sofa Express. He is survived by his wife of 61 years and love of his life Shirley Ann (Whitman) Bates; his children, Rebecca (John) Gordon, Thomas (Camille) Bates, Michael (Patty) Bates, Todd (Tracie) Bates, Angela (Scott) Bates and Stacy (Nino) Lucarelli; eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandsons; brother, William (Shari) Bates; several in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. Many happy times involved celebrations with the entire family where he enjoyed preparing much of the food. Tom was a member of the Westerville Senior Golf League and a remarkable golfer, avid Buckeye fan, the life of the party. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. The family would like to express our sincere appreciation for the care he received from Dr. Christopher George and the ICU staff at Riverside Hospital. Family will receive visitors on Tuesday, September 18, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 6077 Sharon Woods Blvd. A Funeral mass will follow at 11 a.m., Father David Sizemore, nephew, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, family is requesting donations in Tom's memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Box 4527 NY, NY 10163.
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Terri Wyrick (Lyall)

Sep 13, 2018

Dear Mrs. Bates, Mike, Becky and family... We were truly saddened to hear of the loss of your husband and father. We always enjoyed seeing both Mr. and Mrs. Bates when they visited Florida. I know that there will be struggles but also know that there is peace and that he is never too far away as he will always live within your hearts. God Bless...Our thoughts and prayers are with you!


Craig Scholz

Sep 15, 2018

To Shirley and the entire Bates family, I offer my deepest condolences, since the passing of Tom. I'll always cherish my memories of a man who was good, smart, fun-loving, quick with wit, and a voice as smooth as silk. I think I know how much he'll be missed, not just by you (his family), but by so many others who were privileged to have known Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Craig and Debbie Scholz


Ronald Blank

Sep 15, 2018


Linda Simmons

Sep 17, 2018

Tom, I was sad to read of your father's passing. He was a great man to have raised such a wonderful son. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this difficult time.