It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that we announce the death of Kevin Bruce Coates on November 2, 2015. Kevin was born March 24, 1959, the last in a line of six siblings. Kevin grew up in Chase on the family farm. Kevin had a passion for anything with a motor, the faster it went the better. Many of you will remember his mud-bogging days with “Blue Thunder.” One of his other passions was fishing. He was happiest with a fishing rod in his hand.
Kevin started working for CP Rail at a young age and made many friends there who still remain his friends today (his CP family). He became a Heavy Duty Mechanic and continued his employment at CP Rail until he retired and opened his own mechanical repair shop at his home in Chase – KC and Sons.
Kevin loved his sons. They were his world. He took them on as many camping, fishing, and hunting trips as they wanted. He worked hard to give “his boys” whatever they wanted and to guide them through life as best he could.
Kevin faced many challenges in his short life, most of which he overcame. The last was too much.
Kevin will be loved and remembered by “his boys” Devon (Daria) Coates, Matthew Coates, Braden (Kimberlyn) Coates, Chance Coates and Shale Coates. Also mourning Kevin’s loss are his brothers Dave (Carole) Coates, Ken (Maureen) Coates, Gary (Sandra) Coates, his sisters Judy (Bert) Deneault, and Holly (Pete) Mintz, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his mom and dad “Bud” and Ruby Coates, and brother-in-law Terry Hand.
A memorial gathering for Kevin took place on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the home of Gary and Sandra Coates at 4580 Kamloops-Shuswap Road.