William "Bill" "Billy" Bate
May 11, 1935 - October 9, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that the family of William “Bill” “Billy” Bate announces his passing which took place on Saturday evening October 9, 2021, in Louisbourg at the age of 86 years.
Born in Big Lorraine on May 11, 1935, to the late Albert and Grace Bate, Bill had a passion for family, friends, community, physical health and sports. Over the years, he could be seen enjoying great times with family and friends, rocking it with his dance partner of 60 years, Mary, jogging, critiquing referees at the hockey rink and walking his loyal canine companions. He always loved to have a ‘yarn” with those he met along the way. Bill touched the lives of many and will be fondly remembered and missed by those who were fortunate to have known him.
Mourning his loss are his wife, Mary (Aucoin); two daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene (Henry) Dibbon and Denise (Sidney) Forgeron. Forever loved and sadly missed by his grandchildren and their partners, Jaryd (Tara) Forgeron, Tyler (Stephanie Gagnon) Dibbon and Jordan (Brittiany Mugridge) Forgeron. Bill was also blessed with great-grandchildren, Brandt, Ben, Olivia, Mia and Taivyn who will be shared many Bill stories to keep his spirit alive. Also missing him is his pal, Ella who faithfully stayed by his side.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Grace Bate; sisters, Alberta Ley and Kay Wilcox; and mother-in-law, Olive Aucoin.
To celebrate Bill’s life, a visitation will be held on Thursday October 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Sydney Memorial Chapel, 49 Welton St., Sydney. A private interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Rest in Peace Bill, Dad, Grampy, Poppy!
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