Edward Douglas Bates, LLB, Q.C.
Edward Douglas Bates, LLB, Q.C., of Vancouver, beloved husband of Sharon Salloum, passed away after a long illness on July 20, 2017 with family by his side. He was 73. Ed was born in Montreal on April 25th, 1944, to Mildred and Albert Bates. He grew up in St Lambert, Quebec exceling in track and field, hockey, baseball, and football. The friends he made during those happy years have remained friends to this day, and they are now mourning his loss. Ed completed his undergraduate studies and Law School at the University of New Brunswick, where he met his first wife Margaret. He worked in Calgary from 1968 to 1974, where he engaged in the general practice of law.
Ed joined the Legal Services Department of the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia (now WorkSafeBC) in 1974. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Legal Services and in 1988 was appointed General Counsel/Secretary. He remained with WorkSafeBC until his retirement in 2015. He gave sound advice to 16 CEOs during 41 years of service, in a politically sensitive role. Ed was responsible for the initial implementation of the Criminal Injury Compensation Act of British Columbia, which provides compensation to victims of crime in British Columbia. Ed worked for the occupational health and safety of workers, and his leadership led to compensation recovery efforts on behalf of injured or deceased workers, including those who inhaled asbestos fibers. This initiative was at the forefront of ridding the workplace of asbestos-containing materials so that future workers lives would not be impaired or lost as a result.
In 2004, Ed was awarded the John Tait Award of Excellence, for exemplary public legal service in Canada. This award celebrates a legal practice of support and service to client/employers such as government, boards, commissions, and beyond that to the Canadian citizens they serve. In 2012, Ed was named Queen’s Counsel, in recognition of his exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. He will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, impeccable ethics, quiet sense of humour and dry wit. He told wonderful stories.
Ed and Sharon became friends in 1962. Thirty-three years later he called to invite her for dinner. In 1997, after many dinners, she moved to Vancouver from Toronto to join him. They had many (but too few) happy years together with love, laughter, good food, cats, hiking, travel and being part of the lives of his children.
Besides his loving wife Sharon, Ed is survived by his three children; Alan, Mollie (Teal) and Doug and his grandson Tom. Ed’s children were his greatest joy, and always on his mind. He said that he took to fatherhood “like a duck to water”. He loved, respected, admired and supported his children unconditionally. They were his treasures and he was happiest when they were all together at family dinners. In turn, they adored their father. His beloved grandson, “Mr. Tom,” was the light of his life. He is also survived by his devoted and protective sister Glenna (Andy), and his dear niece and nephew, Heather (Paul) and Jim (Kelly).
Thank you to Dr. Sasha Smiljanic, the Chemotherapy team at Lions Gate Hospital and Dr. Dave Liu for their skill, kindness and support.
At Ed’s request, there will be no service.
Memorial donations may be made to Lions Gate Chemotherapy Unit, 231 15th St. E, North Vancouver, V7L 2L7, or St Johns Hospice, 6398 Stadium Road, Vancouver, V6T 2J9.