Bob Bateman, who died Sunday at the age of 62, was active in the community. (Canadian Military Family)

Charlottetown businessman Bob Bateman, the founder of Prince Edward Air died Sunday at the age of 62.

He was suffering from ALS.

Bateman founded Prince Edward Air in 1989 with just one airplane that he flew himself. By the time he sold his majority stake in 2008 the company had a fleet of more than two dozen.

Bateman was also active in the community, and had a particular interest in autism. He and his wife helped to found the Stars for Life Foundation in Charlottetown. Amongst the foundation's achievements was the establishment of a home for people with autism spectrum disorder, where they could get the services they need.

Bateman won numerous awards for his business and community work.

Visiting hours will be held Friday at the Belvedere Funeral Home.