Tim Bates passed away after a brief illness on January 4, 2019. Born in Lansing, MI on November 24, 1954, Tim was the eldest son of the late Edwin P. Bates (Baziotes) and Alberta M. Donahue Bates. Beloved brother of the late Carolyn A. Bates, Patricia L. Bates, Linus S. Bates, Mary Eileen Bates, Jacqueline A. (Chris) Andrews, Peter C. (Tati) Bates, Paul A. Bates, Lawrence J. (Barbra Ferguson) Bates; beloved uncle to Jennifer M. Andrews (Dylan Gregory), Christina M. (Jeremy) Blackburn, Ryan and Sara Andrews, Ryan Masucci, Brandon Bates, Rika Opio, Liam Bates, and great-nephew Morgan B. Gregory. Also survived by his dearly beloved uncle Frederick J. Bates, cousins Mickey Bates, Debbie Ward, and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Tim was born with developmental challenges. With the help of programs though CSDD and family, he was able to live a happy, full, independent life. He was a dedicated worker who loved his job as a janitor at the Michigan Historical Library and working with his fellow employees through Peckham. Tim loved to travel, enjoying many trips with the group at Rainbow Homes as well as with family. He particularly loved visiting family in Florida, and his beloved ‘Benny’ and all the Santiago family. Tim was a bright, kind soul, a thoughtful, loving, caring man who never did harm to any living thing on this earth. He enriched all of our lives and will be greatly missed.
We wish to thank all of the angels in the community who touched Tim’s life on a daily basis, known and unknown. To all those who befriended Tim, helped and cared for Tim, we are grateful to you.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing 48933. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Friday, January 11, 2019, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 3815 S. Cedar St., Lansing 48910. Tim will be interred at a later date in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.