The family of Keith Bates is saddened to announce his passing on Dec. 30, 2015 in Williams Lake, B.C. at the age of 89.
Keith grew up in Applecross near Perth Australia. As a youth he was an avid swimmer and saved a couple of people’s lives. Keith served in WWII with the Australian Infantry (he joined up underage). He worked around Canada and Europe before finally immigrating to Canada in 1957 with his wife Iris. They moved to Williams Lake around 1965 where Keith worked as a mixologist for the Lakeview Hotel until the early 80s. He then worked for the government liquor board until retirement. Keith enjoyed painting and both Iris and Keith enjoyed cross country skiing. He was predeceased by his lovely wife Iris in 2012. Keith loved his Toby Beer and was always surrounded by neighbors and friends. His favourite saying was “Bonne Santé”- translation means good health.
The family would like to thank the nurses and the staff at the Cariboo Hospital and amazing Homecare team for the care that Keith received.
LaPrairie’s Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements.