William Richard (Bill) Batten

William Richard (Bill) Batten

Mr. William Richard (Bill) Batten passed away at Durand Manor, Golden on Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at the age of 89 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held from the Golden Legion Banquet Hall, Golden, B.C. on Saturday, November 5th at 1 p.m.  Interment of the cremated remains will follow in the family plot of Mountain View (Legion) Cemetery, Golden.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Golden Legion Branch #122, P.O. Box 254, Golden, B.C., V0A 1H0 in memory of Bill.

Bill was born in Vancouver on July 5, 1922 and had been a resident of Golden since the early 1960s.  Bill served his country overseas during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross by King George for distinguished and gallant service.  Bill worked as a professional forester for the majority of his life.  He was the manager/vice president of Kicking Horse Forest Products Golden, Woodlands manager for Evans Forest Products and worked in several countries in Latin America, Africa and several Canadian provinces as an Independent Forestry Consultant. 

Bill loved spending time outdoors and enjoyed walking in the forest usually with his dog at his side.  He also enjoyed gardening, many sports; including tennis, swimming, cross country skiing and trail riding in the Blaeberry and was an avid reader.  He was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #122, Golden.

Bill was predeceased by his only sister Dora Marshall in 1974.   He is survived by his loving wife of 34 yrs, Fanita of Golden; four children: Leslie (Homme) Van der Meer of Armstrong, Tom Batten of Golden, Barbara (Carl) Sandberg of Victoria & Margarita (Corey) Drage of Airdrie; six

grandchildren: Dirk (Jodi) Van der Meer of Armstrong, Blair (Nikki) Van der Meer of Abbotsford, Will (Katie) Batten of Golden, Robbie (Raelene) Batten of Golden and Lucas and Andrew Drage of Airdrie; five great grandchildren: Aleen and Chloe of Armstrong, Julian and Avry of Abbotsford and Sylas of Golden; one niece Sandra (Dave) Taylor, two nephews: Donald Marshall & Laurie Marshall as well as several cousins and a host of good friends.

The family would like to thank the Durand Manor staff, nurses and care aides for their excellent care, kindness and compassion during Bill’s residency and especially in his final days.  Also to the Golden Hospital staff, and the community physicians for their dedicated care over the years and finally to Bill’s extended family and many friends who took the time to visit him

while at Durand and for their food, phone calls, prayers and undying support over the past several weeks.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting Bill’s obituary at 


Arrangements are in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden, B.C.

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