Meadville Tribune

March 30, 2013

William R. Yates

Meadville Tribune

BEAVER — William R. Yates, 63, of Beaver, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Born Nov. 11, 1949, in Aliquippa, he was a son of Ann Hovanec Yates of Aliquippa and the late Richard E. Yates.

The founder and owner of R.E. Yates Electric Inc., New Castle, he was a member of NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) and IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local #712 Vanport.

He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church and the Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club, Conneaut Lake.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Denise DeGrazia Yates; three daughters and sons-in-law, Renee and Anthony Bufalini of Center Township, Karianne and Tom Naughton of Wexford, and Celina (Petronzi) and Michael Hendershot of Brighton Township; two brothers, David Yates of Beaver, and Victor and Mary Yates of Moon Township; and three grandsons, Jack and Eli Naughton, and Ethan Hendershot.

As per his wishes, all services were private. Noll Funeral Home Inc., 333 Third St., Beaver, handled the arrangements.

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Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club, 10733 Konneyaut Trail, or to the Conneaut Lake Aquatic Management Association, PO Box 49, both of Conneaut Lake, Pa. 16316.