Walter C. Bates, 90, of Norwalk, passed away on Aug. 12, 2012 at Auror Senior Living of Norwalk.

Born on May 29, 1922 in Stamford, he was the son of the late Walter A. and Jessie Pierce Bates.

Walter graduated Darien High School in 1941 and continued to New York State University. He later obtained his Masters at the Connecticut State Teacher’s College. Walter had a long 60 year teaching career in California, Torrington, and Darien.

Walter was very active in the Connecticut State Teacher’s Association and after retirement he became a member of the Lifetime Learners Institution. He was also a proud United States Army Veteran of World War II.

Walter is survived by his brother Franklin P. Bates of Darien, and sisters Myrtle Bates Williams of Boulder, Colo., and Alice Bates Stevens of Loudonville, N.Y. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Walter was predeceased by his brother Elwood A. Bates, and sisters Beatrice Bates Sullivan and Florence Bates Wyland. Service for Walter Bates will be held at a later date when he will be laid to rest beside his parents in East Cemetery, Rowe, Mass.

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