Memorial Red Rose


A Celebration of Life 
C. Benjamin (Ben) Bates

Sunday, August 22, 2021
2:00 pm
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In-person guests using their own GPS should use the address 7901 Bradshaw Road, Upper Falls, MD 21156

You may also get Google Map directions on this page.

Virtual guests

or by phone


Meeting ID 721 2182 6008

Reception to follow

The family invites you to join them for a reception immediately following the service in the Salem Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

C. Benjamin Bates, age 85, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020. He was born in Baltimore to Charles Bates, Jr., and Mary Elizabeth Bates (nee Holden). He was a graduate of Baltimore City College. He spent several years in service to the army stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia, prior to continuing his academics, ultimately completing his doctoral degree in education. He began teaching at Middlesex Elementary where he met Martha Pearl Copenhaver, and they would marry in 1960. His intelligence and passion for teaching propelled his career through multiple schools and to the position of principal at Back River Elementary School. He was very involved in his volunteer contributions at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and taking care of any cats in need in his neighborhood. His family and friends will fondly remember his enthusiasm for genealogy, his extensive knowledge of model trains, and his cheerful laugh.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; his children, Benjamin Bates, Lelia Broderick, and William Bates; three grandchildren, Megan Lok, Kenon Bates, and Karley Bates; as well as many cousins and friends.

If you would like to send a gift, please consider a donation to these organizations in his name: The Baltimore Streetcar Museum, OR Defenders of Animal Rights, 

(Published in the Baltimore Sun, August 16, 2020)

If you feel led to pay your respects at Ben's gravesite after the service, you are invited to do so.  For directions to the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, please use the adjacent map.  Alternately, you may input the following address to your GPS: 11518 Franklinville Road, Upper Falls, MD 21156.

Ben's grave will be marked for guests so it may be easily located.