Passed way peacefully after a lengthy battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his own home on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the age of 70. Loving husband of Darlene (Dellaire) Bates for 32 years. Beloved father of Michael (Neola Doyle) Bates, Cody (Krista) Bates and Dylan Bates. Proud papa of Olivia, Brooke, Liam and Evan. Dear brother of Dianne and Laverne Lichty of Elmira and Dorothy and Allan Cherrey of Drayton. Dear brother in law of Ron and Barb Dellaire of Milton, Mannix and Donna Dellaire of Delhi, Bruce Dellaire, Rona Dellaire and Tim Buchan, Rory Dellaire and Neva Shaw all of Windsor. He will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Ron will be greatly missed by his special extended family Paula Ferreira, Rick and Cecilia Brouwer, Justin Brouwer and Michelle McGinn and Rebecca Williams. Predeceased by his parents George and Jean (Whale) Bates and parents-in-law Ronald and Carole (Robinson) Dellaire. Ron was a 45 year employee for Home Hardware Stores Ltd. Proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Elmira Branch 469. He enjoyed classic country music and his beloved classic ’57 Chevy Bel Air convertible. He enjoyed spending time at the “last resort” with his camping family, and his coffee “church” group at Tim Hortons. At the Elmira Bowl he was a long time member of “His and Hers” mixed Friday night bowling team. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Palliative care team. Special thank-you to Dr Keleher, Dr Dai, nurse Jane, nurse Erin PSW Tammy and the whole team at Care Partners who helped support Ron’s wishes to remain in his home during this very difficult time. Special thank-you to all our friends and family for your love and support. To honour Ron’s wishes cremation has taken place. A private Family service will be held at Heritage Funeral Homes Drayton. In Lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Elmira Branch 469 Restoration Fund.