GREENWICH, Conn. - Chandler Bates Jr., a resident of Greenwich since 1952, died Wednesday, June 18. He was 94.
Bates was born in New York City, the son of Chandler and Amy Reick Bates. He attended St. George's School in Newport, R.I. He spent a post-grad year at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. After graduating in 1943 from Princeton University and the Army ROTC, he immediately entered service in the Army. Shortly afterward, he was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and he served in all three theaters of World War II, retiring as a captain.
He worked in advertising, first in Chicago and then New York City, until his retirement in 1973. He was involved in numerous community projects in Greenwich, including at the Greenwich Historical Society Bush-Holley House, as a director and vice chair of the board at the YMCA and at The Gateway School. He was a longtime member of the Greenwich Power Squadron, serving as commander. He was a member in both the Harpoon and Horseneck Clubs of Greenwich. As a member of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club since 1958, he served as historian for many years. A member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church since 1973, he served on the vestry. He created and was the first director of the cemetery and will be interred there.
Bates is survived by his wife, Patricia Dickinson Bates; children, Candice Gammill (Ken) of Woodstock, Vt., Chandler Bates III (Jeanne) of Orem, Utah, Christopher Bates (Marie) of Palm City, Fla., and Cheryl Pace (Guy) of Barrington, R.I.; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, William R. Bates.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, at St. Barnabas, 954 Lake Ave., Greenwich.