Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel

75 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON


Douglas Herbert Bates

August 18, 1923January 28, 2020

Bates, Douglas Peacefully at his residence in St. Catharines, Ontario, on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 in his 97th year. Douglas was predeceased by his first wife Pauline Ostrom (1996) and is survived by his second wife Kathryn Lambert. Lovingly remembered by his four children, Barbara, Timothy (Janey), Thomas (Jane) and Leslie (Ken), as well as nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren . Douglas was the retired President, CEO and Chairman of The Electric Storage Battery Company, for whom he travelled widely across Canada, the United States, Latin America and Europe. Included in those travels was a six year residency in Calgary, Alberta, where he was commissioned to design, contract and build a factory and where he was privileged to become a founding member of The Rotary Club of South Calgary. After retirement in 1978, his life with Pauline was full of travels, including twenty winters in Melbourne Beach, Florida, with frequent visits from their children and grandchildren. He has suggested that family and friends be very brief in grief and instead remember that he had a loving family, a fine business career, followed by a grand retirement. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Douglas’ life will be held on Saturday, February 1st at 11am at Christ Church, McNab, 1294 McNab Road, R.R.# 5, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0. If so desired, donation may be made in Douglas’ memory to Christ Church, McNab. Arrangements entrusted to the Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel, 75 Church St, St. Catharines 905-684-6346


  • Celebration of Douglas' Life Saturday, February 1, 2020


Douglas Herbert Bates

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John Bates

February 8, 2020

Dear Kathryn:

Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of your dear Douglas.

The celebration of his life service last week was both
moving and very comforting within the presence of
his family and many friends.

Indeed, (Uncle) Douglas lived a long and
fulfilling life and he was surrounded always
by his loving, caring and welcoming family.

May the many memories of Douglas always be 'grand'

John Bates

February 8, 2020

A wonderful service on February 1st to commemorate the 'grand' and full life of Uncle Douglas.

My sincere condolences to Barb, Tim, Tom and to Leslie.
Uncle Douglas was fortunate to be blessed with a
very close-knit and vibrant and loving family.

My condolences also to all of his grandchildren who came from near and far to celebrate their beloved 'Grumpa'.

I was touched by the moving tributes from Tim, Barb, Leslie, Anna, Ian, Heather and Brett.
These pleasant memories of their dear father and grandfather were both abundant and touching.

My condolences also to the many members of the congregation from Christ Church McNab who came to remember Douglas' active participation with his Church.

A very fine service was delivered by the Reverend Hewlett in a very beautiful and peaceful setting.

Going home, going home
He's just going home

Sandie Schulz

January 29, 2020

Doesnt matter the age or the great life, losing a dad is a tough one. I am so glad I got to meet your dad Tom, and to have lots of fun in our painting classes. We had some good laughs.
Our condolences to the whole family
Harvey and sandie