Sylvia Shaffer Bates Tuesday, December 28, 1920 - Monday, May 1, 2017
Delmar, NY - Sylvia Shaffer Bates, 96, of Delmar and former resident of Slingerlands (58 years) and Canada Lake, NY, passed away on May 1, 2017. Born December 28, 1920 in West Jefferson, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sylvia was active in the Garden Club of Albany. Junior League of Albany and the University Club Bowling League. She was an avid skier and hiker and loved spending her summers at Canada Lake with friends and family. The impact she had on each and everyone she touched was everlasting and will continue to be so.
She is predeceased by her husband, William Boughton Bates and survived by her children, William B. Bates Jr. of Saratoga Springs, NY, Mark F. Bates (Susan) of Little Compton, R.I., Deonie Bates Finkbeiner (Edward) of Homer, NY and Jeffrey W. Bates (Lisa) of Slingerlands, NY; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A Mass will begin Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Delmar, NY with a reception to follow at O'Slattery's Irish Pub, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054 in memory of Sylvia Bates.