C. Mead Bates, a Darien native and long-time resident, died at home Oct. 1. He was 68.

Mr. Bates was the son of the late Charles A. Bates and the late Olive M. Bates. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rosemarie S. Bates.

He grew up, and still lived, in the home that has been in his family for more than 150 years.

Mr. Bates was a graduate of Darien High School, Class of 1960. He received a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

After college, he worked for several years at the Continental Insurance Co. He then spent 25 years at PepsiCo retiring as director of field systems. Mr. Bates then started his own company, Cymba Inc., specializing in custom bottle openers and other breweriana items.

He enjoyed frequenting flea markets and selling items on e-bay. In a tribute to him, his family visited the Elephant's Trunk flea market on Sunday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughters, Kristi Bates and her husband, Andrew Mallio, of Westford, Mass., Lora Carr and her husband, Frank, of Haddonfield, N.J., and Robin Bates-Mason and her husband, Carl Mason, of New Canaan; and grandchildren Charlie and Grady Carr, Peter and Gavin Mason, and Colin and Caroline Mallio.

Burial was private. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. in the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road, Darien.

Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Road, Casco, ME 04015, or online at www.campsunshine.org. Camp Sunshine is a retreat for children with serious illnesses and their families.