Greg Bateman, MDO co founder

Brother Boniface Gregory Garcia Bateman died at his home in Louisville on June 2, 2011. Those who knew him as Greg, Boni and Brother Boniface, knew he had deep faith and trust in God.

To some Greg’s life may have seemed too short; but for those who knew him, his love and kindness will live on for many years.

He was born to Bonifacio Celaya Garcia and Gloria Bateman Garcia on June 7th 1952. Greg always felt the call to serve others. He joined the United States Air Force and served as an Airman First Class until he was honorably discharged in 1975. He answered God’s calling by entering the Trinitarian Monastery in 1982 where he met his best and life-long friend Timothy “Timo” Owens

Greg continued to serve by offering his time and talents by cofounding The Deaf Sports Youth Festival (MDO), the Deaf Community Center of Louisville. He also volunteered at the Catholic Deaf Cursillo, the Order of the Knights of St. Johns , Camp Mark Seven and numerous other organizations his humbled heart kept anonymous.

Greg received numerous recognitions for his service, the most notable being named an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.

Many people were honored to have Greg in their life. Greg, “Boni”, as he is known to his family, loved his grandparents James Robert and Herlinda Bateman and Gregoria and Panfila Garcia, his siblings, Vincent (Leti) Garcia, James (Cindy) Garcia, Rudy Garcia, Juan “Johnny” Garcia and David Garcia, and two sisters, Lindarosa (Robert) Contreras and Gloria (Manuel Hernandez) Garcia.

Greg’s extended family consists of Ann and Tom Pudlowski, Donnie Owens, Mike and Linda Owens Aline and Don Shaw, Mary Sue Owens, Barbara Cassin, Anello and Norma Scannapeco. Greg was a special uncle to 20 nieces, and 18 nephews, and 29 great nieces and nephews. He was honorary Godfather to every child he met. He showed them he was still a kid at heart, and taught them the best time to have fun is today!

Join us in celebrating Greg’s life at Ratterman’s Funeral home on Friday, June 10, from 3:00pm-8:00pm– for visitation and rosary recitation at 8:00pm with the family. On Saturday June 11 at 9:30am there will be a celebration of life Mass at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church followed by a burial service at Calvary Cemetary.

Memorials can be made to the Deaf Youth Sports Festival, Inc,. P.O. Box 17565, Louisville Kentucky 40217-0565