Erik Alan Bateman – Hinesburg

Erik Alan Bateman, 59, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Erik was born on Nov. 25, 1955, in Frederick, Md., to the late John B. and Jean Bateman, where he spent his early childhood with older brother, Timothy, sisters, Holly and Jill, and grandparents. The family moved frequently for his father’s diplomatic career when Erik was young, before spending many years in London. While there, Erik completed his undergraduate degree at Sussex and his Ph.D. at Reading University. In 1982, he met the love of his life, Josie, while playing tennis near his home in Muswell Hill, London. He and Josie moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1984; married on Aug. 6, 1988, in Ireland; and then settled in Vermont, where they decided to raise their family. Their first son, Jonathan, was born in 1989, and the second, Chad, in 1994. Erik deeply loved his wife and family and participated in every aspect of family life from school to many sporting activities. He was passionate about his microbiology research at the University of Vermont, as well as being outdoors, taking care of his woods, and photographing Vermont’s natural beauty. Erik will be remembered for his sly wit, kindness, and sharp intellect. He is survived by his wife, Josie; sons, Jonathan and Chad; siblings, Jill and Timothy; and extended family in Ireland, France, and England. Friends and family are invited to honor Erik with a sunset farewell at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne, at 7pm on Thursday, May 21, 2015. In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society in his honor would be greatly appreciated.