Bruce Bates

Bruce Scott Bates

Friday, August 10th, 1962 - Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Bruce S. Bates, 57, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born August 10, 1962 in Glens Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Robert Bates and Doris (Chamberlin) Mills.

Bruce graduated from Hudson Falls High School where he excelled at wresting in his youth. As he got older, he enjoyed passing down his skills to his nephews.

Bruce was employed as a machinist for Pregis in Glens Falls. He loved to ride his motorcycle and enjoyed working on cars. He was also a talented woodworker. Bruce loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. He had a heart of gold and was known to help anyone out at any time.

In addition to his father, Bruce is predeceased by his stepfather Gilbert Mills Sr.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Susan (Pratt) Bates, his mother Doris Mills, his children; Katie Bates and Megan Bates, his grandchildren, Kaelyn, Raegan, Quinn, and Cole, his siblings; Richard Bates, Donald Bates (Rebecca), Carole Harvey (Jack), Janet Bates (Darryl), as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements are in the care of the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828. Due to the current health crisis, services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations in Bruce’s name can be made to the SPCA of Upstate NY, 588 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury, NY 12804.

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    M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home- FE
    82 Broadway
    Fort Edward, NY 12828
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    Due to the current health crisis services will be private.
  • Interment

    Union Cemetery
    8 Schuyler Street
    HUDSON FALLS, NY 12839
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    Due to the current health crisis services will be private.


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Kathleen John Brown

Posted at 08:52am
Bruce was a great guy who would do anything for anyone ! We enjoyed visiting with him on our front porch and always gave a friendly hi or honk from his car as he drove by . Our daughter and his daughter Katie are friends since childhood and so we will miss the connection of a long time friend . His spirit lives on in Katie and Megan and you guys can rely on beautiful memories to share with his grandkids .

Sharon Punty

Posted at 06:20pm
Bruce was a fun younger cousin. I remember him coming to stay with us for several days when I was a child in Rochester New York. He became another one of the "six of us" and we had so much fun with him. He was about eight years old and a sweet boy. I am glad to have had Bruce in my life!

Brian Morgan

Posted at 12:04pm
How bad were we that we found extreme joy from driving Mr. Dahlhiemer nuts in shop class with your “cricket” whistle!
Oh what I wouldn’t give to be there again! Rest In Peace ole friend, your memory will forever live in our hearts and memories!!

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