January 12, 1949 - April 15, 2024

U.S. Veteran

Arrangements have been entrusted to Island Cremations & Funeral Home, Merritt Island FL. A celebration of Life will be scheduled at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Association or the American Heart Association in Jim’s honor.

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James (Jim) Harry Bates, age 75, passed away April 15, 2024 peacefully with his family at his side after suffering a heart attack. He was born in 1949 to Joseph and Mary Haney Bates in Washington D.C. After graduating from Cohasset High School in Massachusetts in 1966, Jim joined the US Army at age 17 and served in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1972. After serving his country, Jim attended Suffolk University in Boston earning a BA with honors in Finance in 1975. Jim moved to Florida in 1983, after the death of his father, to be near and of service to his mother. Jim married Maria Henderson in 1986 and had a long successful career working in real estate development in Brevard County.

Jim enjoyed boating, fishing, golf, reading, history and traveling the world. He was a close friend to many and a stranger to few.

Jim is survived by his former wife, Maria Henderson Bates (Satellite Beach, FL), daughter Erin Bates and grandson Cylas (Melbourne FL), son Patrick Bates (Melbourne, FL), his brothers Tom Bates (Mobile, AL) and Ed Bates (Atlanta, GA). Jim is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews across the country who will miss his worldly experience and interesting stories. Jim was preceded in death by his father Joseph Bates Jr, his mother Mary Haney Bates, and his sister Barbara Bates Kabat.