BATES, John Gordon, C.M., - Passed peacefully at home in Toronto on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the age of 90, surrounded by his loving family.
He was a devoted husband for 62 years to wife Connie (nee Wilkie) and loving father of Karen (Matt), Michael (Barbara) and Susan.
Beloved grandfather (Papa) to Samantha (Dima), Jason, Dylan (Dana), Austin and Lauren. John lived a rewarding and full life, from being a high school 100 yard champion, spending many memorable summers at the family cottage on Pigeon Lake, Quarter Century Club member at Maclean Hunter, to founding MADD CANADA (PRIDE).
For his tireless efforts that improved the lives of Canadians, John received numerous awards including the Order of Canada, Canada Volunteer Award Certificate of Honour and the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medals.
The family will receive friends at Turner & Porter - Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, on Friday, November 17th between 4 and 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. James United Church, 400 Burnhamthorpe Road, on Saturday, November 18th at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to arrive alive DRIVE SOBER, Dorothy Ley Hospice, St. James United Church or a charity of your choice.