James Bates Obituary

James Bates
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May 3, 1911 – April 1, 2006

Eastport – James C. Bates, MD, died on Saturday, April 01, 2006, at a Calais hospital. James was born on May 30, 1911 in Calais, the son of the late George B. and Julia A. (Taylor) Bates. He was educated at Calais Academy, Class of 1928, and at the University of Maine. During 1931 – 1932, he was a Staff Assistant on the International Passamaquoddy Fisheries Commission in St. Andrews. This association resulted in a lifelong family relationship both with friends in St. Andrews and Norway. Dr. Bates graduated from Tufts College of Medical School in 1936 and completed his internship at the Eastern Maine General Hospital in Bangor. He started his practice in Calais, the following year he became the resident doctor at the Quoddy Hospital in Quoddy Village. Over a period of years, he established his entire medical practice in Eastport. In 1944, Dr. Bates and Dr. Richard E. Buker, along with members of the community, reestablished the Eastport Memorial Hospital, that had been closed during WWII. His 43 years of practice included the Canadian communities on Deer Island and Campobello Island, and in the adjacent communities to Eastport. Dr. Bates was a Deacon of the Central Congregational Church, a Past President of the Rotary Club, and a Past President of the Eastport City Council, having served as a member for eight years. In 1993, he was surprisingly granted a diploma from the University of Maine, some sixty one years after his classmates had received theirs. James was predeceased by his brother, Arlo T. Bates, and his sister, Charlotte (Mrs. John) Brooks. Surviving are his wife, Mary (Hilyard), to whom he was married on July 13, 1951 in Orland. Also surviving are his children, Mary Gilman of Eastport, Rebecca Thibeault of Bangor, Julia Brilliott and her husband David of Calais, and Susan Burby and her husband Brian of Glenburn; grandchildren, Sarah Miller and husband John, Emily Paley and husband Andy, Jeffrey Burby, Ben Brilliott and wife Tracey, Laura Gilman, and Lucas Brilliott; great grandchildren, Johnny Miller, Keanu Lewey, Cory Paley, and Noah Paley; and a special nephew, Richard Bates. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Brewer Cemetery in Robbinston. No flowers please. Donations in Dr. Bates’ memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Brewer Cemetery
#3 Road
Robbinston, ME 04671 (map/driving directions)


10:00AM at Graveside on Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

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Mays Funeral Home
26 Church St.
Calais, ME United States
Phone: (207) 454-3141
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