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Deacon Francis F. “Spike” Bateman

Funeral services for Deacon Francis F. “Spike” Bateman, age 91, of Ogdensburg, NY, will be held on Saturday, July 6th, 2019 at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 10:00AM with Rev. Joseph Morgan officiating. Interment will be held at Foxwood Memorial Park. Calling hours will be held from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Friday, July 5th, 2019. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg. Mr. Bateman passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Spike is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, Steven Bateman and his wife, Kathryn, of Lisbon, NY, Pamela Louise Lepcio and her husband, Paul, of Sherburne, NY, Kathleen Ann O’Neill and her husband, Dennis of Glastonbury, CT, Barbara Richardson and her husband, Dale, of Ogdensburg, NY and Janice Lincoln and her husband, Jerry, of Ogdensburg, Scott Michael Bateman and his wife, Patricia of Niskayuna, NY, Kevin Bateman and his wife, Pamela, of Ogdensburg, NY, Frank Bateman and his wife, Sharon, of Waddington, NY, Matthew Bateman and his fiancé, Krissie Austin, of Clifton Park, NY and Mark Bateman of Troy, NY; fifteen grandchildren, Nathan, Nicole, Jacob, Krystian, Ashlee, Arika, Lisa, Joseph, Jillian, Stephanie, Justin, Emily, Francis, Kathleen and Michael; thirteen great grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, Francis and Elsie Bateman; a sister, Patricia Russell and his first wife, Barbara Bateman.

Spike was born on February 8, 1928, in Ogdensburg, NY, the son of Francis B. and Elsie (Baker) Bateman. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1945 and the Bently School of Accounting and Finance in Waltham, MA in 1947. Spike entered the United States Navy in 1950 serving during the Korean Conflict aboard the U.S.S. Washburn. He was later honorably discharged in 1952 with the Korean Service Medal and enlisted in the Navy Reserves where he served until the age of 60. Spike married Elizabeth “Betty” Mathews on July 24, 1965, at Notre Dame Church with Monsignor A.D. Charbonneau officiating. Spike was first employed by George Hall Company and then served as the Controller at Hobart & William Smith College in Geneva, NY. Spike then went on to work for Ogdensburg Trust Company as a Trust Officer in 1968 late retiring after twenty years of service.

Spike was ordained on October 4, 2003 at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Bishop Costello and served the Catholic Community for 15 years as a Deacon in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. He helped many families through his capacity in the Diocese and his role through the bank.

Spike was a member of the Ogdensburg City Council, Ogdensburg Rotary Club, American Legion, VFW Post 2936, Our Lady’s Outreach Ministry and a director for Showtime for the Knights of Columbus. He also served on the Ogdensburg Free Academy School Board, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Foundation Board, St. Josephs Home Board and the Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Board. Spike enjoyed golfing, reading, crossword puzzles, jellybeans, and gardening.

Donations may be made in Frank’s memory to Our Lady’s Outreach Ministries, 214 Morris St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

47 Condolences

  • Bill and Mary Herzog Posted July 2, 2019 4:33 PM

    Spike was such a good man. He always had a good word for everyonr. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Robert and Ann Erwin Posted July 2, 2019 4:51 PM

    We extend our sympathies and condolences to the entire Bateman family. Spike was a great man and will be missed by all who knew him. Cherish all your wonderful,memories you hold so dear.

  • Dick & Sue Bouchey Posted July 2, 2019 6:43 PM

    So sorry for your loss, keeping you in our prayers

  • Bill Nelson Posted July 2, 2019 7:18 PM

    I am so sorry to hear of Spikes passing. Spike was a great man who loved his family, loved his community, and believed in giving back and serving others. May you fly high with the angels Spike, sitting at the right hand of the Lord. Rest In Peace.

  • Mary Sovie Posted July 2, 2019 10:56 PM

    Rest in Peace Spike…..such an honorable, kind & loving man. You will surely be missed. Our condolences to your family & friends. Mary & Steve Sovie

  • Laurie Sargent Posted July 3, 2019 7:05 AM

    My condolences to such a lovely family. What a great man❤️

  • Pati Kirch Posted July 3, 2019 7:06 AM

    You will certainly be missed. My deepest sympathies to the entire family.

  • Lucy Klein Posted July 3, 2019 7:49 AM

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Spike will truly be missed in our community.

  • Dave & Anne Donnelly Posted July 3, 2019 8:17 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers to the Bateman family. Spike was a great man. and will be missed. Hold on to your memories.

  • Matt Demers Posted July 3, 2019 8:19 AM

    Deepest sympathy to the Bateman family..In thoughts and prayers..

  • Sharon Garvey Posted July 3, 2019 9:01 AM

    So sorry for your loss Betty and family.. What a loss to our community 🙏🙏

  • Scott, Kim, Peyton, Caroline & Emma Lalone Posted July 3, 2019 9:19 AM

    Mr. Bateman “Spike” was such a great man with great morals and values that he displayed each and every day. He truly left a legacy of being a devout man to his family, faith and community. The entire Bateman extended family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Al & Judy Premo Posted July 3, 2019 12:16 PM

    Sincere sympathies to the Bateman Family. Spike was always friendly …..a true gentleman. Thought and prayers to his family.

  • Pam Neal Posted July 3, 2019 1:13 PM

    So sorry for your loss! Rest in peace, Spike. Spike was a wonderful man! I remember him in Showtime with Jim Seymour, and at the Boys and Girls Club EXPO! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bill and Diane Fraser Posted July 3, 2019 1:19 PM

    Our sincere sympathies to the Bateman family on the loss of Mr. Batsmen.

  • Julie West Posted July 3, 2019 1:43 PM

    Loved Uncle Spike! Hugs to all my cousins. Love you all! XoXo

  • Jane Hackett Backus and family Posted July 3, 2019 2:35 PM

    Deepest sympathies to the Bateman clan…I accompanied my dad, Pat Hackett, Sr., to Cousin Spike’s diaconate…we sat just behind his family and I delight to this day at their robust sense of humor…God bless you all with the very best and happiest memories!

  • Sr Joan McElwain Posted July 3, 2019 2:36 PM

    My deepest sympathy to you Betty and the entire Bateman family. Spike was a great man and will be missed by many.
    My prayers are with all of you.

  • Thomas and Kathleen Lawrence Posted July 3, 2019 5:14 PM

    Spike was a man of intense faith. He was an anchor of the Cathedral,s Deaconate and helped so many people over the years. His family was blessed by all he provided them in faith, hope and charity and he was an example to all of us. May his memory be eternal.

  • Jim and Clare Murdock Posted July 3, 2019 6:27 PM

    Our deepest sympathy to the Bateman family. Deacon Spike was a very kind and giving man. He will be truly missed..

  • Jack, Bonnie, and Victoria Kull Posted July 3, 2019 7:19 PM

    Betty, we are so sorry to learn of Spike’s passing. We will never forget all that he — and you! — did for Mom. He served his country, his community, and his God with honor, commitment, and passion. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences. God bless.

  • Melanie Cole and Mike Cole Posted July 3, 2019 9:25 PM

    So sorry Betty for the loss of your loving husband our hearts and prayers to you and your entire family.

  • Nancy Sullivan Posted July 4, 2019 5:49 AM

    A real gentleman in the true sense of the word and one who will be sorely missed for his compassion, sense of humor and so much more. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • Kathy Lashomb Posted July 4, 2019 6:36 AM

    My heartfelt condolences to the family of this wonderful man.

  • Andrew and Ramona Kennedy Posted July 4, 2019 6:46 AM

    So sorry for your loss of a great man. Thinking of all of you.

  • Jack and Linda Carroll Posted July 4, 2019 9:01 AM

    Please accept our condolences on your loss. Spike was a true leader in our community who gave so much of himself to make our city a better place. He was an example to us all and will be missed.

  • Gene and Barbara McMillen Posted July 4, 2019 9:14 AM

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Bateman family on the loss of such a wonderfully benevolent man. Spike’s passing will leave a large void in Ogdensburg that will be felt for many years to come.

  • Arthur Wilson Posted July 4, 2019 9:46 AM

    My condolences to a great family. Spike was a great man. A great friend to me. And a fellow navy comrade who served his country with pride. I will miss him.

  • Bryan and Joan Felitto Posted July 4, 2019 11:15 AM

    Our sincere condolences to the entire family . May this fine gentleman rest in the comfort of his creator , To his family he modeled a life well lived and a sterling example of faith , fellowship and service . He will be missed by many .

  • Joel Kirch Posted July 4, 2019 11:42 AM

    What a great life this man lived. When the book is written he will stand out among most. My thoughts come from the fun he brought to. our lives years ago. So when I think of Spike I can only smile. We had some great times that I will never forget. I am sad for the family and sorry for your loss. I am proud to have known Spike and enjoyed the fun times.

  • AL ” COUGAR ” LAUSON AND FAMILY. Posted July 4, 2019 11:56 AM

    SPIKEAND FAMILY. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITHYOU GUYS.. SPIKE WAS A HELL OF A FELLOW. HE WAS LIKED BY ANYONE WHO HAD THE DISTINCT PLEASURE OF KNOWING HIM. HE WILL BE MISSED. HE TOUCHED ALOT OF PEOPLES LIVES AND WILL LIVE ON IN THEIR HEARTS AND MEMORIES. HEY PAUL, WANNA PLAY A GAME OF CHESS ??? THOSE WERE THE DAYS. TAKE CARE Y ‘ ALL

  • Ronald Day Posted July 4, 2019 1:30 PM

    To the Bateman Family, I remember when I first got back in the Navy Reserve and Spike was always there to help me out if I had a question. He was a great example of what a sailor should be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron & Sheila Day Heuvelton

  • Linda Missert Posted July 4, 2019 6:41 PM

    I’m so saddened for this, my thoughts, prayers and love go out to the Bateman family. My father loved Spike and they are true friends.

  • Mary Sharrow Favre Posted July 4, 2019 9:31 PM

    To the Bateman family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. So many memories.

  • Tom and Donna Luckie and Family Posted July 5, 2019 8:05 AM

    To the Bateman Family- sending our thoughts and prayers on the passing of Spike. What a great man and such a man of faith, He went above and beyond his calling especially when our cousins Catherine and Eleanor were living with us. He was a frequent visitor and I can just imagine some of those conversations.. He was also a dedicated supporter of the club and so many other in the community. He has left a mark that will not be erased.

  • Donald Hoyt Posted July 5, 2019 12:19 PM

    Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice brother rip

  • John Lawrence Posted July 5, 2019 6:37 PM

    My deepest sympathies to the Bateman family. Spike as a Father, Grandfather, Uncle orbFriend was a special person.

  • Marilyn Barton Posted July 5, 2019 9:42 PM

    Betty and family – So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all…

  • Penny Sharrow Posted July 6, 2019 5:51 AM

    To Betty and the entire Bateman Family –

    Our deepest condolences and prayers for you all. Spike was one of my favorites. Always a smile and helpful advice especially at Novena. He was and will always be missed. Cherish your memories and he will always be with you.

    Sincerely-

    Penny and Phil Sharrow

  • Rev. Walter F. Smith, Pastor Emeritus, Ogdensburg UCC Posted July 6, 2019 8:10 AM

    Deacon Spike was a fine Christian gentleman. We often met at the hospital when we were visiting the sick. He loved the pastoral work and did it well. We all will miss his caring presence.

  • Bill and Janet Leary Posted July 6, 2019 6:16 PM

    To the Bateman family, Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. Frank was a very kind man, he will be missed by many.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Sandy Fields Posted July 6, 2019 9:38 PM

    My condolence to Spike’s family. He hired me right out of high school as his secretary at Ogdensburg Trust Company. I worked for him from 1973 until 1977 when I moved to Indiana. Whenever I visited NY I would either call him or go see him. I loved working for him, He was a great boss and friend and will be greatly missed.

  • Ann & Jim Dickerson Posted July 7, 2019 6:59 AM

    To Betty and all of the Bateman family, our deepest sympathy in the passing of Spike. He was a very special man, loved by many and will be missed by so many. Even though we hadn’t seen him in recent years, we spoke to him by phone on his 90th birthday and felt that connection we’d always had with him. Now, he is at peace, but he will be in your hearts and memories forever. Love to you all.

  • Betsy Hand Porter Posted July 7, 2019 9:16 AM

    Jan and the entire Bateman Family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember your Dad hugging me st my Fathers funeral and it made me feel peaceful. He left a beautiful legacy with all of you. ♥️

  • Scott Sargent Posted July 7, 2019 12:57 PM

    To the entire Bateman family,
    We are saddened to learn of your loss- what a good man. Our deepest condolences, Scott and Lisa (Day) Sargent

  • Janice Bouchard Posted July 7, 2019 9:32 PM

    Our sympathy goes out to the Bateman family, Spike was one in a million. (Always giving) I worked with him at the McCadam Cheese Office when it was
    in Ogdensburg. I was never afraid to ask him a question when I worked there while in Business School. He was always very kind. He will be
    greatly missed. Our prayers go out to you all.

    Jan & Don Bouchard

  • Tom and Dawn (Dawley/Amo) Latimer Posted July 11, 2019 12:31 PM

    So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was such a genuine guy, so pleasant, kind, caring. May all your memories help sustain you all at this difficult time. Thinking of you with love and sympathy.

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