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Obituary for William Ernest "Bill" Bates

Bates, William Ernest (Bill)
Died suddenly on Wednesday November 4, 2020 at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket at the age of 84. Bill of Stayner, formerly of Sunnidale Corners, beloved husband of Myrtle (nee Emms) for over 58 years. Loving father of Lyn (John Melenhorst) and the late Paul (2013) Cherished poppa of Greg and Steven (Tristan). Dear brother of the late Jean (the late Howard Macham), Dorothy (the late Doug Giffen), Bob (the late Marie) and June (the late Willard Everton). Bill will also be missed by his many nieces and nephews, family, friends and neighbours. Bill was a kind and generous man. He was a long time farmer, Chief of the Sunnidale Fire Department, a member of Northern Light Lodge and a dedicated member of Jubilee Presbyterian Church. He will be deeply missed by many. Friends will be received at the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, 7313 Highway 26, Stayner on Sunday November 8, 2020 from 11 am to 1 p.m. Please use the RSVP system on the funeral home website to schedule your visitation time . The Funeral Service will be held at Jubilee Presbyterian Church, Stayner on Monday November 9, 2020 by invitation. If desired, a donation to Jubilee Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by Bill’s family. For further information, to reserve for the visitation and to sign his Book of Memories, please visit

Due to Covid-19 restrictions attendance is limited to a specific number of persons within the facility at any one time. Please use the RSVP system to schedule your time. You are instructed to arrive just a few minutes prior to your desired time. Staff will advise when space permits within the funeral home. The visitation time is allocated to 10 minutes. Please be aware that others will have scheduled their time with Bill’s family. If you wish for additional time, schedule multiple periods. Gathering outside of the facility is not permitted. We thank you for respecting the regulations we are required to enforce from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and Public Health. You may learn more by reviewing the Provincial Directives at