Jack, 81 passed peacefully at home, his wife of 62 years, Pat (Smith) by his side. Predeceased by parents, John & Margaret (Poulter), in-laws Ruth (Young) & Herbert Smith, daughter Maxine, grandkids Nghia & Baird Badger, siblings Charles “Bunny” (Ann), Enid Angus (Dunc), Harvey (Lois), and brother-in-law, Ron Davis.
Survived by children, Wanita (Liz) and Fenton (Sue), grandpa to Sterling Ross, step-granddaughters, Jackie Bessems, Dana & Chris Burkey, Emma & Hayes and friends, Candace Stewart, Steve Baird and Nicole Thompson. Brother to Eric Bates (Heather), Ken (Brenda), Sandy (Bonnie), Llew (Donna), Dawn (Glen Keller), Peter (Diane), Heather Fox (Johnnie), Pat Kingsbury (Harry), Irma Maxwell (Dave), Sherry Davis, brother-in-law, Irwin Smith, nieces, and nephews.
This “Jack” of all trades could build or fix almost anything. When Nghia broke the plastic handle on her hairbrush, she said, “Don’t worry, Grandpa can fix it.”
He invented clever contraptions: an ingenious can crusher with a hidden recycle bin, a gadget to keep squirrels out of the bird feeder, and a live trap for skunks, so he didn’t get sprayed.
Jack was a Millwright by trade and retired from ADM Milling (Maple Leaf Flour Mills) in 2009.
Retiring did not stop him from work. He volunteered for the Reach Out Food Centre, “Jack was kind, upbeat, and we absolutely loved him.” Come spring, they’ll plant a “Jack” Pine tree to his memory.
He took care of his neighbours, mowing lawns and clearing snow from their driveways. He loved his visits to St. John’s, NL.
Special thanks to Drs. West, Meyers, Wright, and the fabulous palliative home team of Dr. Kim Scher, nurse Dawn, Jocelyn, & Colleen. Special thanks to Fenton & Sue, Ken & Brenda, Kenda & Ron Gillespie for their loving support of Jack over the last year.
Jack has left happy birds and angry squirrels shaking tiny paws at his cleverness. Jack Bates could fix it all, except for cancer.
In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Cremation has taken place and a future gathering will be held in Avoca, QC.
Donations can be made to: Reach Out Food Centre, 92 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, ON L3K 3E1, or online at www.portcares.ca click GET INVOLVED.