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July 4, 1969 - April 7, 2024

In loving memory ~

It is with great sadness and with heavy hearts that Michael Jay Bates family announce his passing in Courtenay.

He will be profoundly missed by all that knew and loved him.

He is survived by his father, Mike Bates, his sister, Michelle Meurs (Greg), his nieces and nephews, Jared, Hailey and Chloe, his aunts and uncle, John (Nancy), Coreen, Leanna. His close cousins Nanette (Dave) and Cory (Yuko) as well his Ontario cousins. He also leaves behind many friends and will be especially missed by his dear friends, the Turco family.

Michael was one of a kind. He was creative and excelled at whatever he put his mind to. In spite of this he remained humble. Back in the day, he was an incredible skateboarder, practically a legend to many on the skater scene. He appeared not once, but twice in Thrasher Magazine. He was always happiest helping others honing their skateboarding skills, especially the young kids who he always supported and encouraged.

He would make us all laugh with his funny antics. His energy drew people to him.

He loved his people wholeheartedly and wasn't afraid to let them know it. His love didn't stop there. He loved animals, especially dogs. His dog Spot will miss his love and their walks profusely.

Michael was predeceased by his mother, Dorethy Stewart, his love Melissa White and his grandparents on both sides. He is at peace and with them now.

There are no words that can accurately describe the loss we, his loved ones feel. We will miss you always, Michael Jay.

Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

There will be a celebration of life for Michael on May 31st, 1-4 pm at Centennial Lodge at Queens Park, New Westminster.

Condolences may be offered at

 Toneff Funeral Services

Service Details

Celebration of Life
Friday, May 31, 2024
1:00 PM
Centennial Lodge at Queens Park, New Westminster

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