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Robert Bates, Jr, 1952-2014


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#1 Craig

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 10:26 AM

I'd like to take a moment and let all who knew Bob of his passing yesterday. Bob was an extremely good slot car racer among other forms of racing. I had the pleasure of racing with him and his brother Brian throughout the '80s and early '90s. Bob was a team member of Monty Ohren's M&M back then and was mine and Rick Linn's nemesis, if it wasn't Rick or myself running for the win it was Bob right there nipping at our heels. 

 

Yesterday I received the sad news that Bob lost his battle with esophageal cancer. At this time there is no services planned as the family I'm sure, is still grieving.  When I have more information I will post updates at that time. Even though it has been a couple years since we had spoke face to face I considered Bob to be a great friend and he will be sorely missed.  

 

RIP, Bob, may you always lead the way! 

 

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 02:13 PM

For those of you that would like to attend Bob's services...
 
Memorial for Robert Bates
 
When: Noon, Jan 10
 
Where: On the beach at the end of Pepper Drive, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Family and friends, come share our memories and yours at a day of celebrating Robbie's life.
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Posted 23 December 2014 - 02:34 PM

RIP, Mr. Bates.
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Posted 01 January 2015 - 03:51 PM

Here's Bob's obituary:

Robert Bates, born in Long Beach, California, passed away December 15, 2014, at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, California. He is survived by his mother Edna Mae Bates and father Robert Sterling Bates Sr., brother Brian Bates, sister Gwenda Ross, son Shon Bates, daughters Cherma Jean Bates (deceased), and Shannon Kahn. No services are planned.

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 04:57 PM

Thanks for sharing with us, Greg.

"We become immortal through the hearts and minds of those we leave behind".

Bob, I did not know you but I mourn your passing.

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