William Thomas Yates was born in Elyria, Ohio, to John Root Yates and Madelyn Hart Yates on Feb. 24, 1941. Educated in Elyria and LaGrange schools, he completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry-zoology at Oberlin College in 1963 and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1967.

He concluded a rotating internship at Hennepin County Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., before serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps. In May 1969 he married Margaret Bandlow, a Navy nurse, at Virginia Beach, Va. After finishing the anesthesia support program at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., Bill and Meg moved to Portsmouth, N.H., where he served one year at the Naval Hospital. They then moved to the University of Iowa for a residency in internal medicine, and in 1975 Bill completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Akron General Medical Center. Bill and Meg moved their two children to Wilton in 1975 to open the first obstetrics and gynecology practice in Franklin County. He practiced in the area until his retirement in 2003, delivering more than 2,500 babies. Bill enjoyed recent messages from patients from his obstetrics and gynecology practice of almost thirty years.

Family was a major focus of Bill's life and activities. "Some would say that eight children are too many, but for Meg and me, it was just right," he said. He was a frequent spectator at MSAD 9 sports meets, particularly cross-country running and skiing, basketball, football and track and many musical events. He was a dedicated hiker, cyclist and competitive runner who shared these passions with his children. Maine was an ideal environment for those outdoor experiences. Over the years, competitions drew them to many sites across the U.S.

In recent years Bill enjoyed being part of a relay team, the "Old Gold" or "Three Hundred Birthdays" group that participated in the Portland Marathon and the Vermont City Marathon for the last eight years. Bill's latest race, the July Summer Fest 5K in Farmington, took place just before he was diagnosed with bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) in August.

His family will miss this hard-working, creative and adventurous man who embraced his roles as husband, father and friend with love and generosity. We will continue to be inspired by his energy and enthusiasm. He is missed by his siblings, Judy Fisher of Santa Rosa, Calif., Kathy Phillips of Phippsburg, and John Yates of Los Angeles. He will be remembered with love and gratitude by his wife of 43 years, Meg, and daughters, Sarah, Leah (Sr. Mary Louise Concepta), Anna Kvaitchadze, Martha Randall, Elena Kraus and Rachel (Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei) and sons, Ben of Tucson, Ariz., and Paul of Morrisville, N.C. Granddaughter Hailee Randall, and grandsons Jeiran and Ronin Kvaitchadze, James and Blaise Randall, and John Kraus will know his gifts by the family's fond memories. Thank you to the many who have been, by their presence, gifts and messages, supportive to Bill and his family over recent months.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 136 High St., Wilton, from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, and from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Middle Street, Farmington. A comfort reception will follow at the Parish Hall, hosted by the Altar Guild. All are welcome. Remembrance gifts may be given to the Sisters of Life, 38 Montebello Road, Montebello, NY 10901 or H.O.M.E (Homeworkers Organized for More Employment) P.O. Box 10, Orland, ME 04472 or at http://www.homecoop.net/.

Tributes and condolences may be shared with his family on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

Published in Central Maine on Dec. 31, 2012