Walter Coates

Walter (Ollie) Lloyd Coates

August 27, 1936 – December 11, 2012


It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, (Ollie) Walter Lloyd Coates. He is survived by Shirley, his loving wife of 52 years and by his children Laurie (Tony), Maureen, Lloyd (Cindy), Blaine (Christie), Michelle (Jason); his grandchildren Keely, Briena, Ashlee, Allison (Byron), Lucas, Mandy (Jason), Jeffrey, Chelsey, Chelsea, Lee and Brooke; great granddaughter Alyssa and ‘baby on the way’. He is also survived by his siblings Grace (Leno), Crossley (Sandi), Donald (Ellen), Garfield (Pat) and his sister-in-law Margaret as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Walter was predeceased by his parents Frank Coates and Agnes Coates Webb (Roy) and siblings William “Pete”, Dorothy “Dot”, James “Jimmy”, Robert “Tubby”, Shirley and Louise “Lou” and grand-daughter Stephanie.


Born in Nakusp, Ollie spent his first 6 years on a small farm in Forest Glen just north of Arrow Park and lived the remainder of his years in Nakusp. As an active member of the community, he was pleased to be involved with developing the existing Nakusp Hot Springs. Aside from being with his family, Ollie’s was most at peace when he was out wandering the forest trails, creeks and enjoying the mountains and their views.


A memorial services will be held in his honour on Saturday, December 22 at the Arrow Lakes Alliance Church at 12:30pm. All are welcome to come and help celebrate his life.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to a local charity of your choice.