Paul M. Bates Sr., 85, of Vinalhaven died May 17, 2011, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, with his wife, Betsy Dickinson Bates, by his side. He was born in Boston and was the son of George R. and Florence (Doherty) Bates of West Roxbury.

Paul attained the rank of sergeant in World War II where he served in the U.S. Army 3rd Air Cargo Resupply in the China, India and Burma Campaign.

Soon after his discharge he began work with the Boston University Police Department until he retired as chief of police after some 40 years. He later joined the Wellesley College Police Department and retired as chief of police.

In 1992, Betsy and Paul moved to Vinalhaven where Paul served with the Vinalhaven Fire Department as fire police (FP1) until his death. He loved Vinalhaven with its close, caring community.

Paul is survived by his wife, Betsy Dickinson Bates of Vinalhaven; his sons, Paul M. Bates and his wife, Dale, of Georgetown, Mass., Roy Bates and Jeffry Bates of Salem, Mass.; his granddaughters, Lisa DiPietro and her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Skylar, and Pauline Fabiano and her husband, Jeff, and their children, Jack and Autumn; his brother, Roy Bates of Braintree. He will also be missed by Betsy’s nieces, Michelle Fuerst and her fiancé, Ed Kozuba, Nicole Lamont and her husband, Alonzo, and Julie Beck and her husband, Bob, and their children, Bobby, Ryan and Amelia; a special friend who was like a daughter, Carrie Tribucco and her husband, Jack, their son Sam and Kelsey Tribucco who was Paul’s goddaughter.

A service celebrating Paul’s life followed by a luncheon will be held Saturday, June 11 at 11 a.m. at the Union Church of Vinalhaven. Memorial donations may be made to the Vinalhaven Firemen’s Association, P.O. Box 815, Vinalhaven, ME 04863; or the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Bates family by visiting their book of memories at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St. in Camden.