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Longtime Q-C sportswriter passes away after covering game

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by D-3 Fan, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    I felt it was appropriate to put it here, as this is a journalism topic.

    Long-time Quad Cities sports reporter and writer Dearrel Bates, passed away early Saturday morning after covering the annual rivalry game between Bettendorf and Davenport Assumption. Bates had worked for the Times for 40 years, until retiring in 2006, but continued to cover stories and games for the Times.

  2. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    I had heard this earlier in the day, and it shocked and saddened me.

    D.B., as everyone knew him, was a great guy who always took time to be friendly to people he met ... such as a stringer who was in over his head shortly after he moved to the Quad-Cities area.

    Dearrel was a first-class guy, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight.
  3. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Incredibly sad day.

    I've known Dearrel for almost 20 years. A great journalist, an even better person. Always helpful, always great to be around.

    RIP, DB. You will be missed.
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Very sad. RIP.
  5. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    As Iowa celebrates its big win over MSU tonight, the entire state should also mourn the passing of a legend. RIP.
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