Earl Stanley Bates of Osterville, who leaves family in Mashpee, died at home on August 10. He was 83.
He was the husband of Mary McDonough.
Mr. Bates served in the United States Navy as a naval aviator. He made deployments to the Mediterranean, accruing nearly 1,300 flight hours. Among his other career highlights, as the youngest VA-172 pilot he flew the last Navy F2H-2 Banshee to be retired from the Navy. Upon his completion of his 100th arrested carrier landing, he became a member of the “Centurion Club.”
Following his service in the Navy, Mr. Bates became a pilot for the commercial airlines, eventually retiring from USAir.
Mr. Bates was an accomplished sailor and bridge player and was also fond of golf.
He was a former resident of Weymouth.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Lauren Keene of Mashpee, Steven Bates of Maryland, John Bates of Alabama, Stephen Bates of Duxbury and Lisa Levine of Sutton; three stepchildren, Brian Dunderdale of Boston, Kerri Dunderdale of Quincy and Jillian Dunderdale of South Weymouth; a sister; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other family.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 14, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.
A funeral home service will be Thursday, August 15, at 11 AM.
Burial will be private.