BATEMAN, Robert 'Bob' Montgomery
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August 20, 1950 - March 31, 2013
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Robert M. Bateman at the age of 62. Bob was born in Thetford Mines, QC, lived in Thetford and Montreal and became a long time resident of Charlottetown. Beloved son of the late John (Jack) Stanley Bateman and Gladys Muriel (nee Porter). He is survived by his two sons, Scott (Christine) and Adam. Loving grandfather to Mara, Mateo and Maxim, and cherished husband of 37 years to Carolyn (nee Saunders). He leaves his three brothers William 'Jack' (Velma), Peter (Dianne), and James (Brenda), and two brother-in-laws David (Wendy) and Brian (Cathy) and will be profoundly missed by his many nephews and nieces.
Bob was an accomplished pilot and distinguished business person, with over 35 years experience in the airline industry. In 1990, he started Prince Edward Air Ltd., which he grew from a one-employee, one-aircraft Charlottetown-based endeavour to the largest Atlantic Canadian-based airline, with over 130 employees, over 20 aircraft, and offices in Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax, and St.John's.
Outside of business he played an important role in the community, especially as an advocate for those with Autism and for armed forces reservists on Prince Edward Island. With wife Carolyn, he helped to found the Stars for Life Foundation for Autism, a non-profit organization that provides lifelong living and learning opportunities for those with ASD. The Stars for Life home and resource centre opened it doors in 2011. Bob was also honoured by the PEI regiment by being made an Hon. Lt. Col.and was PEI chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, a role in which he helped advocate for the important role that reservists play in Canada's defence. In addition to being a proud Rotarian and member of the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce, Bob served on many boards including the Charlottetown Airport Authority, Board of Governors for JA and the QEH Hospital, to name just a few.
His efforts and accomplishments did not go without recognition, he received a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award (2012), was named the Transportation Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce (1998), Prince Edward Air was named Service Provider of the Year by Canada Post Corporation (2003), he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2004), was inducted into the PEI Business Hall of Fame (2005),and was made a lifetime member of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (2012), amongst others.
Bob was also a dedicated and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Family and friends were foremost in his life, and he spread joy and happiness through his positive outlook and sharp wit. He will be sadly missed and his memory always cherished.
Visitation will be held on Friday at Belvedere Funeral Home, Charlottetown, PE. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, at St Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown.
In lieu of flowers, we invite donations to the foundation started by Bob and Carolyn: the Stars for Life Foundation for Autism. Donations can be made online at http:/ /www.starsforlife.com or by mail: 23 Maypoint Rd.;Charlottetown, PE; C1E 0H5.
Published in The Gazette on Apr. 3, 2013