David James Bate

29 August, 194021 October, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David James Bate on Wednesday October 21, 2020 at the age of 80. He fought a long hard battle with COPD.

David was born in England on August 29, 1940 and moved to Canada in May of 1955. He loved to travel and particularly enjoyed taking bus tours to casinos to play the one-armed bandits. He also enjoyed driving and spent many years working as a limo driver then as an airport shuttle driver until he retired at age 65. He loved to be around people and would tell some amazing stories to whoever would lend an ear. He had a great love for his family and friends and treated strangers like friends within minutes of meeting. David took everything in stride, never complained even during the worst of his sickness and lived his life day by day. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

David is predeceased by his first wife Lorna Bate, his mother Elizabeth Bate, his father James Bate and his sister Marie Bryden. He is survived by his wife Shirley Bate, daughters Valerie Colville (Garth) and Alicia Diebert (Zach), grandson Haddo Diebert and many many nieces and nephews.

He will surely be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. May he rest in peace.


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Valerie Hill

29 October 2020

Dave, you will be so missed! Wish I could do one last “Oh My God” for you. Ed and I were so fortunate to have known you. 39 years and it went by so quick. True blue and always willing to help.

Shirley, Valerie and Alicia, my heart hurts for you and I wish there were words to relieve your pain and sadness, for I would say them all. Much love to you all.