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Robert I. Coates

November 12, 1924 July 21, 2016
Robert I. Coates
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Robert I. Coates, age 91, formerly of 400 Prospect Drive of Lordship, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Lucas) Coates, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Golden Hill Rehab Pavilion, Milford. Mr. Coates was born November 12, 1924 in Bridgeport, son of the late Henry and Helen (Norton) Coates and had been a Lordship resident for over 60 years. 

Robert was a United States Coast Guard Veteran of World War II and was retired from the printing industry and Sikorsky Aircraft. In his younger days, he played semi-pro football for the Stratford Rockets and was a member of the Stratford Old-Timer's Association. He especially loved spending time with his family and walking along the Lordship Seawall. 

He was a diehard New York Giants fan and always looked forward to the first picnic of the summer.  He was very proud of his grandchildren.  Tim and Brad were his baseball stars, Rebecca his Librarian and Rob was his Marine.  His number one love was Betty since the age of 14.  His last few years were spent at Golden Hill in Milford, CT where he could count on his daughter, Debbie daily whether it was for chocolate, a Pepsi or loving visits for the last six years.  He was respected by the nursing home staff and they always treated him kindly and appreciated his humor.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his son-in-law Kenneth Batoh.

Survivors include his two children, Robert Coates and his wife Peggy of East Haven and Debbie Batoh of Stratford; four grandchildren, Timothy Batoh and his wife Katie of Stratford, Brad Batoh and his wife Tina of Trumbull, Robert G. Coates, Jr and his wife Jacqueline of Illinois and Rebecca Coates of Hamden; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Patrick Coates, Moira Louise Coates and Clara Tess Batoh and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. by meeting directly in Our Lady of Peace Church, 651 Stratford Road, Stratford. Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Stratford. Friends may visit with his family Sunday afternoon from 2:00  to 4:00 p.m. 

For additional information or to share a message of condolence, please visit www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

24

Jul

2:00 PM 7/24/2016 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 7/24/2016 4:00:00 PM
William R. McDonald Funeral Home

2591 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

William R. McDonald Funeral Home
2591 Main Street Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial

Monday

25

Jul

10:00 AM 7/25/2016 10:00:00 AM
Our Lady of Peace Church,

651 Stratford Road
Stratford, CT 06615

Our Lady of Peace Church,
651 Stratford Road Stratford 06615 CT
United States

Interment with Full Military Honors

Monday

25

Jul

11:30 AM 7/25/2016 11:30:00 AM
Saint Michael Cemetery

2205 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615

Saint Michael Cemetery
2205 Stratford Avenue Stratford 06615 CT
United States
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