Yates was born in Montreal, Canada. He came to
England at the age of twelve, and after
completing his schooling at Prescot Grammar
School, he started teacher training at Carnegie
College in Leeds.
the 2nd World War he served in the RAF, and when
the war was over he returned to Carnegie College
to complete his teacher training. There he met
Freda, with whom he was happily married until
Freda passed away six years ago. Jim taught at
Baines Grammar School for several years, and then
moved to Arnold Boys School, where he taught and
later became Deputy Head of the Junior School
until he retired in 1980.
In his retirement Jim
enjoyed visiting, together with Freda, his
daughter Penny and family in Munich, Germany. He
also enjoyed composing songs with his son Michael
and his close friend Peter Jebson. Jim was a keen
sportsman all his life. He played basketball for
Blackpool for many years with close friend Jimmy
Armfield, and he was an active member of Marton
Tennis Club. He continued to play tennis well
into his eighties.
He was also a loyal and
active member of Anchorsholme Masonic Lodge for
most of his adult life.
Jim will be sadly missed by
family and friends, but for those who knew him,
happy memories will prevail.