Businessman Frank Spates Passes

Frank Harris Spates, Jr., beloved husband of Jeannette (Nault) Spates for the past 56 years, passed away peacefully at his home in Derby on October 9, 2011 after more than a ten-year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy; he had just turned 78 on September 14. Frank, or “Sunny” as his brothers and sisters called him, was born in Lynn, MA, on September 14, 1933. He was the son of Frank H. Spates, Sr. and Eleanor (Foster) Spates. (Both have predeceased him.) He was the second of five children. His siblings include his older sister Betty Jane Durkee of Tequesta, FL; his brother William and his wife Hilda Spates of Lynn, MA; his sister Joyce and her husband Jay Stanwood of Newport, VT; and his brother Doug and his wife Vivian Spates of Derby, VT. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law George Durkee.