George F. Bates RUTLAND -- George F. Bates, 89, died June 22, 2020, in Rutland. He was born in Rutland, Oct. 7, 1930, son of George I. Bates and Marie (Avery) Bates. He was a graduate of Proctor High School. George was command sergeant major of the armored battalion for the Vermont National Guard. He was a Purple Heart recipient. Surviving are two daughters, Darcy Sawyer (Robert) of Rutland; Kathi Broadwell (Ronny) of Conway, South Carolina; a sister, Dolores Rodrique of Rutland; two sisters in law, Anne Bates of Rutland and Dorothy Thompson of Sunderland; five grandchildren, Cara Broadwell, Catlyn, Robert and Kristi Sawyer all of Rutland, Nicole Broadwell of South Carolina; two great grandchildren, Taylor Hope Broadwell of Conway South Carolina; and Tayden LaMoria of Rutland; a special great nephew, James Cain, who was like a grandson to George; nieces, nephews, cousins; and his cat, Callie. He was predeceased by his wife Hope Bates in 2015; four brothers, Robert, Ronald, Kenneth and Dean Bates; three sisters, Mary Swane, Barbara Dalto and Shirley Disorda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Dodge House, 95 Crescent St. Rutland, VT 05701 or Rutland County Humane Society, Stevens Rd. Pittsford, VT 05763. Arrangements are by the Clifford Funeral Home.

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A man whom I respected and admired. A great father to his daughters, and I'm certain an equally great grandfather, uncle and whoever else he was to so many people. Every one of my experiences with him when I was a teenager was pleasant and enjoyable. I cannot imagine anyone feeling any differently. He was respectful, jovial, and had a great sense of humor. People like George are missed the most when they are gone, but are also remembered most pleasantly, as well, because of the many countless good times they shared with so many people while here on Earth. I miss you, Mr. Bates, and I wish you well on your journey forward. Please say hello to the Mrs. for me, and tell her that I miss her, too. To Kathi and Darcy: I know his loss is heart breaking, and I know why it hurts more than it should: Because he was quite a dad. My deepest sympathies both to you two and to your entire family. Frank

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