Chad Bates obituary: In November 2023, we bid farewell to FSU alum Chad Bates, who passed away at 49.
He leaves behind a grieving circle of family and friends, including his parents, wife, children, and siblings.
Chad’s memory will linger in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know and love him.
Chad Bates’ journey began at Spring Valley High School, where he laid the foundation for his academic and athletic pursuits.
His commitment to excellence continued at Florida State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
At FSU, Chad excelled in academics and football, earning recognition as a first-team All-ACC player.
Chad then ventured beyond college to play in the European league, showcasing his talent on an international stage.
His skills and determination caught the attention of the Dallas Cowboys, where he enjoyed a brief but impactful season.
Chad Bates Obituary And Death
Chad Bates, born on May 10, 1974, departed on November 19, 2023, at the age of 49.
He was a beloved son and a cherished father, brother, and friend.
He had many passions, from a deep love for music to a strong enthusiasm for sports, cooking, and the great outdoors.
A true Florida State Seminoles lover, Chad’s heart bled garnet and gold, marking him as an unwavering fan.
Outside of sports, he enjoyed fishing and, despite his basic golfing skills, always enjoyed the game.
His infectious humor and kind-hearted nature endeared him to friends who could always count on him to go above and beyond in need.
Chad is survived by his parents, Junior and Carolyn Bates. He leaves behind a blended family that includes children Cami and Cole from his previous relationship with Nikki Cornwell and Piper Bates with his wife, Jennifer Powers.
His sister, Bae Scelfo, and brother-in-law, Jim Scelfo, along with nephews Torr and Shepard and nieces Alon and Alafair Scelfo, further honor his memory.
To pay tribute to Chad Bates, individuals can contribute to Pediatric Cancer Research through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
They have scheduled Chad’s Celebration of Life for November 30 at Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora, FL, from 12-3, followed by a Memorial Service at First Baptist Church of Mount Dora at 4:00.
Echoes of Loss: Remembering Chad Bates Through Heartfelt Tributes
The sudden departure of Chad Bates has reverberated through the lives of his friends and family, evident in the heartfelt posts shared in his memory.
One friend reflected,
“Sunday, we lost a heck of a Nole, a player, a father and a husband. CHAD BATES, did not redshirt as he played all four years at offensive guard, beginning in the first championship year, 1993. He never redshirted as a father either as he and his wife battled and beat cancer with his little girl, over many years. You were always a good leader and a better person. Prayers and support go out to the Bates family.”
Similarly, another friend struggled to put his feelings into words,
“Not sure how to put this in words. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I will be forever thankful for you Chad Bates! Not only were you one of my best friends but you were more of a brother!! I will cherish all of our amazing memories together! We were always there for each other no matter what the circumstances were! I will always remember that big shit eating grin! Rest easy my friend “
May his spirit continue to resonate in the hearts of all touched by his presence.