Sidney T. Yates, 84, lawyer active in community

Sidney T. Yates
Sidney T. Yates
Posted: September 21, 2013

 Sidney T. Yates, 84, a lawyer from Upper Makefield Township who worked with schools, local governments, and lending institutions, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, of congestive heart failure in Kintnersville.

In 1956, Mr. Yates joined the law firm of William R. Stuckert in Newtown Borough and shortly afterward became managing partner of the renamed Stuckert & Yates. The firm has been in business for many years, with Mr. Yates at the helm for half a century.

At various times, he was solicitor for the Newtown Borough Council, Upper Makefield School District, Newtown Township, Middletown Township, Centennial School District, Newtown Sewer Authority, Lower Southampton Sewer Authority, Bucks County Intermediate District, and Middle Bucks Area Vocational Technical School Authority.

Mr. Yates believed in giving back to his community. He was a founding member of the board of directors of St. Mary Medical Center and was still on the St. Mary Hospital Authority Board at the time of his death.

He was the vice chairman and a board member of the First National Bank & Trust Co. of Newtown for three decades. He was a director of Newtown Savings Association for many years.

Born in Doylestown, Mr. Yates was a 1947 graduate of Council Rock High School. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951, and a degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1954.

He was a past president of the Newtown Rotary Club and recipient of its Man of the Year Award. He served as secretary of the Upper Makefield Township Planning Commission and chaired the Newtown Tri-Centennial Committee.

He was a director of Twining Services Corp., which managed Twining Village, a senior community in Holland, Bucks County, for many years. He served as chairman of the board of Pickering Manor Home, a senior facility in Newtown, and helped it expand.

Mr. Yates also served on the board of directors for the A. Marlyn Moyer Scholarship Fund and the Keith-Jefferson Scholarship Fund. For more than 30 years, he chaired a fund-raising breakfast in Newtown to benefit the Bucks County Boy Scouts.

Mr. Yates, who never married, enjoyed travel, gardening, and reading American history.

"He was a wonderful person," said his sister, Helen Y. Mathews. "I'm going to miss him terribly."

In addition to his sister, he is survived by a brother, Taylor A. Yates; four nephews; a niece; and his friend Charles J. Yeager.

Services are private, with burial in Wrightstown Friends Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Pickering Manor Home, 226 N. Lincoln Ave., Newtown, Pa. 18940.

Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or

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