BATES, Russell William

November 22, 1932 – October 27, 2013

Russell is predeceased by his wife, Kit. He made his mark on all of our lives and will never be forgotten but remembered with love and respect.

Russ had a multitude of nieces and nephews who live from one coast of Canada to the other. Too numerous to name but all are thought of at this time.

He is survived by his sister, Shirley Schneider (Werner) of Richmond, BC; sister-in-law, Pat Bates of Port Coquitlam, BC; Catherine Lynn Wollf of Nanaimo; Roy Holder (Barbra) of Port Alberni; step-daughter-in-law, Sharon Holder of Nanaimo; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, again too numerous to mention.

Part of his legacy was in helping to raise his great granddaughter; Mya (Sheri-Lynn) Wollf. “Great Popper”, as he was called by Mya, was instrumental in her education and wellbeing.

Thank you Russ. We are all your loving combined and extended family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 1-3pm at the Royal Canadian Legion #256, 1630 E. Wellington Road, Nanaimo.

In lieu of flowers you may make a donation, in Russell’s memory, to the Cancer Foundation, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5. Condolences may be offered at

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