Walter Irving Bates II died peacefully in his sleep on October 14, 2017 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was born on December 23, 1932 in Meadville, Pennsylvania to the late Edward Irving Bates and Elinor Van Scoten Bates. Walter's family owned and operated the Meadville Tribune until 1973. He was preceded in death by his loving companion of 27 years, Linda Rael. Walter graduated from the Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania where he served in the Student Senate, as Head Chapel Usher, Marshall of the Field and Sergeant-At-Arms in the Washington Irving Society. He graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he was a varsity swimmer and baseball player. While attending Duke, Walter spent his junior year abroad at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. During the Korean War, he served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. After graduating from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, he began a career in marketing for international corporations and later created and pioneered several businesses.
He is survived by his first wife Virginia Avery Reich of Wilmington, North Carolina, his second wife Jacquelyn Dwelle Bates of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, his children Edward Avery Bates, Lauren Bates Galleher, Jacquelyn Bates Richardson (Maurice), Edward Irving Bates II (Anne-Laure) and his grandchildren Hunter Galleher, Phoebe Galleher, Annabel Bates, Léopold Bates and Théodore Bates.
Services will be private with the ashes to be lovingly returned to the Seine River in his beloved Paris.
Published on November 14, 2017