Official Obituary of

John A. Coates

January 15, 1962 ~ January 18, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old

John Coates Obituary

John Allen Coates age 61 of West Chazy passed away unexpectedly on January 18, 2023 at UVM Health Network at CVPH in Plattsburgh.

He was battling heart disease and was unable to recover from a surgery he had a few days prior. He was born in Oregon on January 15, 1962 to Clarence Coates and Leona Coates. John was predeceased by his mother and father, as well as his nieces, Jennifer Horning and Tammy Coates of North, Bangor, New York. John had many children that he loved dearly. His youngest children are Tiffany, Carley, Dillion, followed by Angelina, Christopher, Joseph, Jamie, Desiree, David and Carena. John also had many grandchildren that he loved as well and they will always have the memories they share. John will also be missed by his brothers and sisters, Darrell and his girlfriend Sharron of Mooers N.Y. Hugh and his wife Diane of Pennsylvania. Rose and her husband Adam Samelski of Brushton N.Y. And Debbie O’Keefe of Syracuse N.Y. 

Viewing services and arrangements for John will be on January 25, 2023 from 2 PM to 4 PM at Bruso-Desnoyers Funeral Service in Malone New York. The family would appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.
John had many hobbies that he loved to do throughout his life. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle to relax and be free. He collected skulls, eagles, Indians, knifes and all things motorcycle. If it had any of those things he would love it.  He also loved money. He was known as uncle money to most kids because he would give them dollar bills to buy toys or snacks. However not his change. If you knew my dad you would know that he loved his change especially his quarters. He would run right over to you if he heard those coins jingle. His eyes would light up and he would yell out “my change!” John loved to sing his favorite songs including Hotel California by the Eagles, Beth by Kiss and Follow me, by Uncle cracker. As well as he would make up his own and sing then randomly.

John had met a wonderful woman April who he had a special relationship with.She helped John to be a better person and showed him that he was not always right, despite what he thought. They shared many laughs and tears together and above all else were happy. She did everything she could to help him with his children and I know he was grateful. John shared many wonderful memories and traditions that will forever live on in his memory. We miss him and we know that he misses everyone and he is at peace now.

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