It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Husband, Father, and “Poppa”, Gordon Robert Douglas Batley on March 27, 2013 in Nelson, BC, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Gordon was born on July 1, 1939 and raised in Nelson BC, where he attended Hume Elementary School, Trafalgar Junior Highschool and LV Rogers Senior Secondary School. He married the love of his life, Joan Sinclair, in 1959. Most notably, Gordon was employed at Kootenay Forest Products (KFP), owned his own local downtown businesses – Ole’Js Deli and Nelson Electric (with partner Eric Tolles) and finished up his working days at Safeway in Nelson. Gord loved working on projects in his workshop, he remodeled 2 houses, loved camping, golfing, traveling, boating, driving his little red sports car, and of course he treasured his time spent with his grandchildren.
He leaves behind to mourn – his loving wife of 53 years Joan, daughters Lorri (Dale) Misan, Vicki (Steve) Montgomery and son Leonard Batley, grandchildren Taylor and Keeley Misan, Zachary and Hannah Montgomery, Aunt Muriel (Fred) Hinitt, Uncle Doug (Phyllis) Smith, Uncle Robert (Rose) Smith, Uncle Gordon (Marjorie) Smith, sister in law Betty (Bill) Belding and brother in law Donald (Leona) Sinclair, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Leonard and Mildred Batley and infant sister Brenda.
At his request, there will be no service. Those wishing to make donations, please make to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation located at #3 View Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1. The family would like to give many thanks to the 3rd Floor Nurses, Chemo Nurses, Dr. Malpass, Dr. Kirsten, and Dr. Frouws for all their care and compassion. Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca.