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BATES, Hugh Alexander

October 18, 1943 – Belfast, Northern Ireland
January 10, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Hugh, beloved husband of Margaret Bates (nee Wimmenhove) of Calgary, passed away at home on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the age of 71 years.

Hugh did extensive travelling as a young boy, venturing to Brazil and Australia before arriving back in Northern Ireland. He met and married Carol Briggs, his wife of thirty-nine years. Along with their three children, they immigrated to Canada in 1978, making Calgary their home. Hugh’s civil engineering and management career was spent in the construction industry throughout Western Canada. Several years after Carol’s passing Hugh was blessed to marry Margaret in 2008.

He will be remembered for his bravery, his gentle good humour and kindness to all.

Hugh is survived by his wife Margaret; children, Fiona (Colin), Sarah (Jaysen) and Edward (Daphne); grandchildren, Ashlynn, Owen and Ryan; his faithful four-legged companion Eslin; as well as his sister Edwina (Brian); brother David; and a large extended family. Hugh was predeceased by his parents “Queenie” and Eddie, and his first wife Carol.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Drive S.W.) on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through For those wishing to make donations in Hugh’s memory, please consider the Lunch Program at Louise Dean School, 120 – 23 Street N.W. Calgary, AB, T2N 2P1. Telephone: 403-777-7630.

In living memory of Hugh Bates, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Wilma Benjamins :

    Margaret, I wanted to send our condolences from Aunt Clara and myself. I just heard yesterday that Hugh had passed. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  2. Hi Margaret,
    I hope that you remember that you are not alone. I was glad to have met you at TransCanada and wish you and your family peace and happiness through this very trying period in your life. I hope memories of Hugh are filled with joy and laughter. I am here to support you in any way I can.

    Greg Tong

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  3. Dorothy Mindach :

    Margaret, I was saddened to hear of Hugh’s passing and want to send you thoughts of strength and encouragement during this difficult time. Unfortunately, I am unable to make it to the funeral on Friday but you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  4. Margaret, I’m so sorry to hear about Hugh’s passing. Your story together has been such an inspiration and ray of happiness. Seeing how his presence in your life lit you up allows me to appreciate who he was, despite never having met him personally. Wishing you joyous memories, support, loving thoughts and peaceful healing.

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