November 25, 1921 – November 26, 2018
Frank was born in Calgary, Alberta on November 25, 1921 to Oscar and Elsie Margaret Bates.
The family moved to the Craigmyle area when he was 12 years. When the war started, he was called to defend his country. He returned home, where a couple of years later, met the love of his life Amy Nixon. Francis and Amy married on January 28, 1951 in Hanna, Alberta. They bought a piece of land and started raising a family; there were four boys Mike, Pat, Tim and Dana. They moved off the farm in 1996 into Halkirk.
Through the years their family grew to include daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all whom Frank and Amy loved dearly.
Left to mourn his passing are his children: Mike (Sherrie) Bates of Gadsby, Pat (Elaine) Bates of Markerville, Tim (Brigitte) Bates of Santiago, Chile, Dana (Basia) Bates of Edmonton and Al (Karen) Hunter of Calgary; grandchildren: Laurie DeLeon of Gadsby, Lisa (Len) Greiner of Gadsby, Lee (Melanie) Bates of Gadsby; Casey (Jacquelin) Sayles of Gadsby, Kirby (Josephine) Sayles of Cremona, Angela Bates of Spruce Grove and Nicole Bates (Chris Dolan) of Cranbrook; Heather (Andy) Kohen of Santiago, Chile, Shannon Bates of Santiago, Chile, Christina Bates of Edmonton, Andrew Bates of Edmonton, Jonathan Bates of Edmonton, Jeff Hunter of Calgary and Lisa Hunter of Calgary; great-grandchildren: Faith, Miguel, Tyler, Derek, Jordan, Mackenzie, Sierra, Haley, Hannah, Sierra, Alexus, Kirby Jr., Levi and Austin; sister-in-law Isabel Nixon of Stettler; numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Amy, four brothers Earl Bates, Vern Bates, Ted Bates, Cecil Bates and three sisters Ruth Thomsen, Betty Douglas and Virginia Bowdrie.
A funeral service for the late Frank Bates will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Stettler Funeral Home, Stettler, Alberta.
Frank and Amy will be laid to rest in the Craigmyle Cemetery at a later date.
Donations are gratefully accepted to the SHSF~Heritage House Recreation Department or a charity of your choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780 Stettler, AB T0C 2L0, who are entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.