It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Edward (Ed) Bate of Edmonton, Alberta at the young age of 99 years. He is mourned by his wife, Jean Mathieson Bate, his children Margaret (Don) Bowen, Geoffrey (Lorna) Bate, Douglas (Pauline) Bate, and Kate (Terry) Freeman, his step-children Susan Mathieson Mayer, Scott (Susan) Mathieson, and Darlee Ann (John) Thompson, his grandchildren Susan Lepp, Jennifer (Kurt) Lamb, Catherine Bate, Brian (Tammy) Bate, Christina Bate, Jason (Vanessa) Bate, Michael Freeman, Emma Freeman, Lauren Mathieson, Arden Mathieson, and Victoria Mathieson, and great grandchildren Riley, Mason and Lauren Lamb, Cooper Bate, and Olivia Bate.
Ed was born in London, England, in 1918. He was brought to Canada as an infant, and raised in Chancellor, Alberta, until he was 12, when his family moved to Calgary so that he could attend high school.
After graduating, Ed joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He left the Corps in 1938 and joined the Ministry of Transport: his skills with radios and weather were essential services during the war.
He became an airport traffic control officer in 1940, and was posted to Edmonton. He was thrilled to move to Edmonton, and volunteered for permanent night shifts, so that he could study Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He graduated in 1944, and immediately joined the Royal Canadian Navy.
He married Ruth McCuaig in April of 1944. They had four children, and ultimately lived in Edmonton after the war with brief stints in other parts of Canada.
Ed worked for the CNR and Gorman’s before starting T.E. Bate Engineering Ltd. In 1960.
Ed was a leader in the construction industry in Alberta, also starting Armor Elevator and Bate Industrial Services. Ed was very involved in both the Edmonton Construction Association (President) and the Alberta Construction Association (Chairman).
Ed was very active in Free Masonry and member of Ivanhoe Lodge #142, served as WM, was the DDGM of the Northern Lights District and additionally was a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Ed was active in the Anglican Church (having attended St. John the Evangelist since 1940), the board of directors of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club and the Alberta Motor Association. Ed retired at age 65 and finally took up golf at the age of 70 at Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club.
Ed was predeceased by his parents Frank and Clare, his brother Geoffrey, and his wife Ruth in 1983.
Ed married Jean McPhail Mathieson in 1988.
A Funeral Service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 11111 – 57 Avenue, Edmonton, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 1:30. A reception will follow the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to the charity of your choice.