Obituaries

Colleagues recall quiet, caring FLORIDA TODAY editor who valued community

Two stories about veteran journalist Ralph Bates tell me pretty much all I need to know about his character.

The first: The longtime FLORIDA TODAY journalist took care of his wife, Doris, as she faced cancer, until her death in  2014.

The other: He once buried an opossum he’d watched stumble into his yard and die. In exquisite detail, Ralph penned a beautiful 2006 piece for FLORIDA TODAY about how the suffering animal’s actions affected him. How it looked at him as it lay dying, thrusting its left front paw into the air three times, “as if to push away the pain.”

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