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.