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Leonard H. Bates, Jr.
  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Leonard's memory to:
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation
    P.O. Box 5014
    Hagerstown, MD 21741

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SWAMPSCOTT-Leonard H. Bates Jr., 88, of Swampscott, beloved husband of Ann C. (MacDonald) Bates, died Friday, April 15, 2016 following a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease.

He was the son of the late Leonard H. Sr. and Gladys (Stevens) Bates and stepson of the late Barbara (Morse) Bates. He was raised and educated in Swampscott and was a graduate of Swampscott High School.

In 1945, at the age of 17, Leonard enlisted in the United States Navy and missed his high school graduation to begin service to his country. He served in the Occupation Troop in Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal for his brave service. After his service, he continued his education at Bentley College.

Leonard was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an accountant for over 30 years. A lifelong resident of Swampscott, he was Executive Director of the Swampscott Housing Authority for many years and a former President of the Swampscott Boosters Club. He was a dedicated Big Blue fan, an original organizer of the Swampscott Little League and a well-known North Shore baseball umpire for over 20 years.

Leonard took great pride in the accomplishments of his six children and ten grandchildren. He will be missed.

In addition to his devoted wife Ann, Leonard is survived by his children, Elizabeth Cellucci (Michael) of Natick, Leonard H. Bates III (Gretchen) of Essex,VT, Robert Bates (Christine Lindsay) of Reading, Barbara Moore (Dennis) of Danvers, Carolyn Richman (Michael) of Marblehead and Allison Sgro (Matthew) of Reading, as well as his ten grandchildren, Michael and Maria Cellucci, Ruby and Emma Bates, Sean Moore, Matthew, Graham and Andrew Richman, and Emily and Luke Sgro.

ARRANGEMENTS: At the request of family, all services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq. (at Salem Common) Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Leonard's memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit