Stephen Bathy

NOTICE: The Bob Harkins Branch downtown is closed for the remainder of the day (Wed June 29), due to a power outage affecting multiple businesses in the area. The Nechako Branch remains open.

Publication Award

Stephen Bathy grew up in Hungary during the Second World War, and arrived in Canada in 1956 following the Hungarian Uprising. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, Steve worked in the Lower Mainland, then in 1969 became employed by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Steve worked in the planning, parks, and heritage field until his retirement in 1998. Steve and his wife, Margaret, reside in Prince George.

During his working years, Steve served on numerous committees and boards including the Prince George Community Heritage Commission and the Prince George Airport Advisory Committee. He is a life member of the Huble Homestead Giscome-Portage Heritage Society and the Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum Society. Steve served on the board of the Heritage Society of British Columbia for six years and in 1996 he received the BC Heritage Trust Award of recognition.

Steve's life interest in aviation prompted him to write his book World War II Combatants: The Prince George Connection, which focuses on the flying experiences of five young men and includes Allied and German battle action in World War II and a flying fatality in the City of Prince George.

For his contribution to the local history of Prince George through the publication of his book World War II Combatants: The Prince George Connection, Stephen Bathy was awarded the Jeanne Clarke Memorial Local History Award on February 18, 2001.