Dawn Bates

Obituary of Dawn Eileen Bates


It is with heavy hearts that the family of Dawn Bates, loving wife to Peter Bates, announce her peaceful passing which occurred on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born on July 15, 1962 in Saint John, she was a daughter of the late Gerard and Helen (Lynch) Shannon. She was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother, who was a lifelong resident of this city and had enjoyed summering with family and friends at Westfield Beach.


Dawn’s career was devoted to Scotia Mcleod, with whom she was recruited in 1997. She remained a consummate professional throughout her 23 years there. In 2013, Dawn became licensed as a discretionary Portfolio Manager and was appointed Associate Director. She was one of the first 2 advisors to receive the RIAC designation in Atlantic Canada (Responsible Investment Association of Canada). She will be sadly missed by her clients, whom often considered her a friend.


Dawn’s happy place was relaxing on the beach in Westfield, spending time at their cottage and simply being around her family and friends. She had a smile that could light up a room and this was particularly evident when she was riding the river on their Sea-Doo. She also really enjoyed travelling and shared many wonderful distant trips with her love and best friend, Peter. She loved spending time with her young granddaughter, Bailey and always had a funny story to tell about her.


Dawn will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 33 years, Peter; her son, Peter (Dagney) and her beloved grandchild, Bailey; her sister, Kathy (Eric) Eastwood and brothers, Peter Shannon (Terri) and Sean Shannon (Michele); sisters-in-law, Katherine Trainor (Joseph) and Joanne Murphy (William); brothers-in-law, Edward (Patricia) and David (Frankie); as well as several nieces and nephews and their families; Aunts, Agnes (Buzz), Dorothy, Patricia (Shawn) and Mary Teresa (Ed), and Uncle, Donald (Martina).


In addition to her parents, Dawn was predeceased by her little angel son, Jeffrey Donald, sadly taken at a young age. She is resting peacefully with him now. Also predeceased by her mother and father-in-law, Mary and Edward Bates; and her sister-in-law, Susan Bates.


The family would like to give special thanks to all of the staff of the Oncology floor of 5AS for the wonderful care that Dawn received over the past year and for the tremendous compassion and support that the family received in difficult times during this global pandemic. Many thanks to Dr. Chris O’Brien for all the medical and personal support that he provided over the years.



Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424). Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at a later date. For those who wish, donations to Bobby’s Hospice in Saint John would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be placed at www.BrenansFH.com.


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