It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of James E. Coates, 74, of Terryville. He passed away Friday, May 12, 2023, at Vitas at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury. James was born August 19, 1948, in Bristol, son of the late Cyril and Jean (Murphy) Coates.
He retired from Atlantic Precision Spring in Bristol, where he worked for 34 years. Prior to that, he was a top salesman for Prudential Insurance Company. He was a very hard worker and lived a simple kind of life. He loved enjoying a cold one after work, overlooking the lake where he lived for 43 years. He enjoyed trips to Sound View with family and friends. James was very witty; everyone loved his character, charm, and his many detailed stories.
James is survived by his son Jason Michael Coates and future daughter-in-law Audra Armour of Bristol; his daughter Cassandra Geel of Terryville; and Regan Sloan of New Britain; his grandchildren, Evan Coates, Jordan Davis, Brooklyn Geel, Jesslyn Desjardins, and TJ Desjardins; and a great-grandson, Kamdyn. Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved daughter's mother, June Chapman. Besides his parents, James was predeceased by his sisters, Nancy Suski, Marcia “Ginger” St. John, and Gail Ryan; and a niece and nephews.
Family and friends may call at the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St, Terryville, Thursday, May 18, 2023, from 5-7 PM. Burial will be private. www.scottfuneralhomeinc.com
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at Vitas Inpatient Unit for their warm care and compassion.
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