Longtime Amherst businessman dies

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Funeral for Vaughan Coates is Wednesday

Vaughan Coates, who owned and operates Fletcher Coates Dairy and Coates Dairy Bar, has died. His funeral will be Wednesday at Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church.

AMHERST – A longtime Amherst businessman has died.

Vaughan Coates died Thursday at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre. He was 88.

Coates graduated from the Nova Scotia Agriculture College in Truro and owned and operated several businesses during his life, including a dairy farm, Fletcher Coates Dairy Ltd., Coates Dairy Bar and a riding stable.

He remained active in land development until his death.

He was an active member of Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, serving as treasurer for many years.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Campbell’s Funeral Home (98 Church St.).

His funeral is set for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church with Rev. Byron Corkum officiating.

Donations can be made to Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church or a charity of choice.


Organizations: Nova Scotia Agriculture College, United Church, Cumberland Fletcher Coates Dairy

Geographic location: Amherst, Truro

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  • David Doncaster
    April 25, 2015 - 18:48

    I grew up in Amherst in the late 60's and early 70's. My Grandfather was Albert Stiles and we had the farm across from Steamboat's garage. I use to ride horses up the back way past the stone quarry to Fletcher Coates' 4-5 times a week for an ice cream and to jump horses in the yard where it was set up. Folks there were always welcoming and I have great memories of the property.

  • Susan Banks
    March 11, 2013 - 21:49

    Jane: I will always have wonderful memories of the times I spent at the farm. Your Dad (and the entire family) were always so great to me. I remember the time your Dad taught you to drive. He put blocks on the gas & brake peddles. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Stephen.

  • Fred Jesty
    March 10, 2013 - 18:25

    Jane and Stephen.. He was a great person and I always enjoyed chatting with him. It was about 1950 when he sold the house on Spring Street to my parents. Have a lot of memories of the farm when we used to go to see the animals etc.