John Frederick Bates Obituary

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John Frederick Bates

October 21, 1939 - July 15, 2012
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John Frederick Bates, age 72, of Orlando and formerly of Kissimmee passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his family. Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey on October 21, 1939, he was the son of the late John Ennis Bates and the late Anna May MacReynolds Bates. Very active his entire life, Fred was gifted in the telecommunications technology field. He was part of the team who built the world's very first video phone that was on display in the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Fred originally went to work with the Bell Telephone System and stayed with NYNEX after the federal court mandated breakup of the Bell System in...
John Frederick Bates, age 72, of Orlando and formerly of Kissimmee passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his family. Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey on October 21, 1939, he was the son of the late John Ennis Bates and the late Anna May MacReynolds Bates.

Very active his entire life, Fred was gifted in the telecommunications technology field. He was part of the team who built the world's very first video phone that was on display in the 1964 World's Fair in New York. Fred originally went to work with the Bell Telephone System and stayed with NYNEX after the federal court mandated breakup of the Bell System in 1984. Fred also worked with the telecommunications systems at Kennedy Space Center during one of his career moves with the Bell System. After retiring from NYNEX, Fred and his wife Margaret moved to Florida to be closer to grandkids. He started a second career with Disney and loved everything Disney.

Fred loved his family and spending time with them. He created many enjoyable memories with all of the travel, camping and hiking they did together. Vacations were usually spent traveling with camper in tow to visit relatives. Fred most recently surprised Margaret with a Disney cruise to Alaska.

Fred was also patriotic and civic minded. Although he did not have a pilot's license, he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol while living in New Hampshire and encouraged his family to be a part of the CAP activities. Fred also had a great love for the military which resulted in his sons and youngest daughter serving in the military. He also loved volunteering at the Basilica of Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine and enjoyed serving at the Disney Easter Mass each year.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Margaret Conwell Bates; his children, Jan (Rod), Christopher (Cindy), Collette, and John (Kelly); his grandchildren Trevor, Alec, Vivienne, Kellen, Allison, Sophie, and Jack; and his sisters, Alice (Bruce) and Anne (Dan).

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Family Funeral Care.

Please join in celebrating Fred's life by visiting www.dignitymemorial.com to sign the online guest book and to share your favorite memories.

Arrangements are being handled by Family Funeral Care, 13001 S. John Young Pkwy., Orlando, FL 32837 (407) 812-4200.

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