POLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Paul Richard Bates or “Dad”, 73, of Poland died suddenly at his home on Saturday afternoon, April 23, 2022.
Paul was born December 24, 1948 in Warren, the eldest son of Clarence and Julia (Gayan) Bates and has resided in the area his entire life.
Paul was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and a graduate of Ohio State University, Paul would forever wear scarlet and gray – a real horse chestnut.
Paul’s education led him to a quick job as the owner of Image Advertising soon after graduation, but his most successful career turned out to be as an entrepreneur and innovator in the screen, window and door industry for over 38 years.
Paul married the love of his life, Sandi Lee (DePerro) Bates and together they would have two daughters, Candace Lee Bates and Ashley Lauren Bates. Paul and Sandi would travel to New England and create countless unforgettable memories on Cape Cod. He always loved family trips and gatherings that brought everyone together to celebrate with love, laughter and joy.
Paul was also a sports enthusiast, contributing as a coach and fan to countless basketball, soccer and softball games throughout his life.
Paul leaves behind his wife, 41-year-old Sandi Bates; his two daughters, Candace Bates (Tara Jefferson) of Victoria, British Columbia and Ashley Bates of Dallas, Texas; her father, Clarence Bates of Warren; one brother, Carl Bates of Port St. Lucie, Florida; a sister, Paula McGee (Tom McGee) of Canton and the loves of her life, grandchildren, Kingston, Lincoln and London Bates, as well as her granddogs, Bennett and Lyle and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul is predeceased by his mother, Julia Bates.
Family and friends can pay their respects on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m., with a memorial service at 12:00 p.m., all at Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market Street, Boardman.
Family and friends can visit www.rossisantuccifh.com condolences to Paul’s family.
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A television tribute will air on Friday, April 29 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV, and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.