Bennie Francis Bates, 80 of DeBary, Florida died peacefully Friday November 18, 2016 after a long illness. Born in Little Genesee, New York on December 1, 1935 he was the son of the late Floyd and Virginia Bates. Bennie graduated from Bolivar Central School in 1955 and worked in the oil fields before starting his career at Dresser-Rand where he retired after 35 years of service. Bennie played many sports- golf, darts, bowling, horseshoes and had a passion for shooting pool. He loved his cat Katie. He is survived by his long-time partner, Peggy Whitaker, children- Wayne (Carla) Trevose (PA), Ronnie Friendship (NY), Bonnie Pasco (WA), and Barry (June) Humble (TX), sisters- Ruth Lawrence Franklinville (NY), and Fay Baldwin Bolivar (NY), grandchildren- Lindsay, Aaron and Benjamin as well as three great grandchildren. Bennie was a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge 655 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4526 DeBary, FL. There will be a service planned at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department at 460 Main Street Bolivar, NY 14715 or a charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the hospital staff for their exceptional care and compassion during his final days.
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