October 30, 1937 – April 17, 2012
Suddenly after a courageous battle with cancer, John passed away at home on April 17, 2012. He was predeceased by his parents Ted and Edith Bates, devoted step-mother Ruth, his father-in-law Robert Greene and brother-in-law Wayne Greene.
He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara of 47 years as well as his cherished sons Michael (Diler) and Matthew (Anne Marie), his mother-in-law Hilda Greene, his sister-in-law Winona (Bernie), his very special niece Kelly Webster (Ian) and grand niece Faith, his nephew Curtis (Thania), grand nephews Michael and Taylor and many cousins in England and Australia, as well as lifelong firends Wendell and Nadia Coffin.
John was born in Warwickshire, England. He attended the University of London (Engineering), Concordia University (Bachelor of Commerce) and McGill University (MBA). He worked for Rolls Royce, England and Pratt & Whitney, Canada and McGill University.
Upon his retirement in 1995, he enjoyed immensely his travels with family and friends all over the world. John's special interests were golf, tennis, biking and watching car racing. Visiting Cape Cod and Florida were his highlignts.
We will always remeber John for his love of his family, wonderful sense of fun, quick wit, positive attitude to life and the ability to make us all laugh at his many jokes.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Doctors L. Ferri, R. Tabah, A.J. McLean, J. Spicer, The wonderful staff of the MMontreal General Hospital, 11 East and Samuel-de-Champlain CLSC visiting nurses, Nathalie, Lise and respiratory therapist Nathalie for their wonderful care.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Montreal General Hospital Foundation for research in Esophageal Cancer (514) 934-8230, salvation army or charity of your choice.
A celebration of John's life will be held at:
Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home 307, Riverside DRive St-Lambert (514) 483-1870 www.dignityquebec.com Parking available by Argyle Street
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:00AM followed by a reception at the Funeral Home Visitation with the family will be done in room 2 during the reception
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August 9, 2012
Dear Barbara,Just found out today about John's death.We are so sorry.Maybe we can offer you our condolences in person if we meet again at DeFuniak,BILL and NICOLE
April 27, 2012
Dear Barbara, Michael and Matthew:
Sending our sincere sympathies and remembering the years at St-Lambert Elementary and Chambly County High.
Jill, Andrew and Allison Dent
April 25, 2012
Though I came to know John only recently, I am fortunate to have encountered his joyful spirit. John was a man of towering intellect, deep insight and had the warmest of hearts. My deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.
April 24, 2012
My former boss and friend. John was lively, witty and full of energy. I will always remember our trips to Egypt and that twinkle in his eye. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.
April 22, 2012
Dear Barb,Michael & Matthew,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Jim, Millie McGowan
April 22, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
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