On Saturday 20th January 2018, died peacefully at Ilam Lifecare, Christchurch, aged 90 years. Dearly loved and treasured Husband of Joyce for 64 years. Much loved father and father-in-law of John & Carol, Stephen & Cheryle, Neville and Jane. Much loved Grandfather of Bridget & Adam, Thomas & Lynne, Matthew & Laura, Rebecca, Mel, Alice, George and Harry. Much loved Great-Grandfather of Jackson, Isabelle, Emilia and Albert. Much loved brother of the late Reid and Geoff Bates. Messages to the Bates family c/- PO Box 42-022, Christchurch. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be made at the service. A Gathering for Albie will be held at the Ferry Park Chapel, 297 Ferry Road, on Wednesday January 24th, commencing at 2:00pm. Private cremation thereafter.