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Ron Bates passes away

Posted at 11:31 AM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 13:31:59-05

In a company, coworkers can quickly become family.

When someone passes on, the effects can be felt through every employee.

6 On Your Side’s own J Bates allowed crews to talk to his father who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease as a way to create awareness of the disease and how hard it can be for families.

Ron Bates was a catalyst for J to become involved in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event which raises thousands every year to fund research to help eliminate the disease.

After a ten year battle, Ron passed away on March 9th.

Instead of flowers, J hopes that people will donate to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Ron’s name.

Although the passing has been tough for both J Bates and the 6 On Your Side Staff, Ron was able to meet J’s newest son only days before his passing.