Cedric Gyles

Cedric George Edward Gyles

Thursday, December 23rd, 1926 - Sunday, September 24th, 2023
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December 23, 1926 to September 24, 2023

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Cedric George Edward Gyles at his home in The Blue Mountains, Ontario, on Sunday September 24, 2023 at the age of 96.

Cedric (Ced) was born and raised in Vancouver. He attended Prince of Wales high school and graduated in 1945. Ced then joined Price Waterhouse in 1946 for four years as an articling chartered accountant. During this time, he met the love of his life, Barbara Martin.

Ced took a leave of absence from Price Waterhouse to play professional football for the Calgary Stampeders’ 1948 season earning an annual salary of $500.

In 1949, Ced and Barb were secretly married in Vancouver at a civil ceremony with Ced’s sister, Jacquie, and his good friend Bob Annable as their witnesses. Neither Barb or Ced could recall the reason for the secrecy, but they suspected parental disapproval for a married couple making less than $180 a month was the reason.

A year later, Ced changed jobs and was working for a Calgary based investment firm, Clifton C. Cross & Company. By 1951, Ced and Barb had moved to Calgary, living in a rented basement room. It was at this time they welcomed their first child Cedric. Also in 1951, Ced was Acting Sub-Lieutenant with the Canadian Forces Navel Reserve at the land-based H.M.C.S. Tecumseth in Calgary.

The following year, Ced and Barb purchased their first home and their second child Pat was welcomed into the family. Unfortunately, in 1953 markets changed due to an international investment downturn and Ced lost his job. The family returned to Vancouver and lived with Ced’s parents. While there, they welcomed their third child Marti to the family. With the growing family, Ced took a job pumping gas to make ends meet.

It was at this time Ced received a job offer from his friend and mentor Jack Moon, who brought him into the insurance brokerage business. Ced returned to Calgary joining R.M. Abernethy in 1954. The company eventually merged with Reed Shaw McNaught, becoming Reed Shaw Osler and ultimately Reed Stenhouse. Proving his worth, in 1956 Ced was sent to Edmonton to organize the office there. While in Edmonton, their fourth child Ed joined the family. Having established the Edmonton office, Ced was transferred back to Calgary. However, the Edmonton office did not flourish, so after a short while Ced was sent back to Edmonton to save the day! In order to accommodate the ever-growing family, Ced and Barb moved outside Edmonton to a farmhouse near Adrossan where their fifth child John was born. There were many memorable adventures out on the farm that usually included the horse, Beauty, and the dog, Mitzi.

In 1961 a new chapter began. Ced was transferred all the way “east” to Winnipeg. It was here their sixth child Peter arrived to the delight of his sisters who loved to care for their new “live doll”. Ced and Barb embraced the new town, immersing themselves in many community activities. They quickly made friends, including another family with the unlikely name of Gyles, who had many children of similar ages.

Never one to miss an opportunity to learn something new, Ced took up golf and became a member of the St. Charles Country Club. Ced and Barb also took up curling with friends, joining the Granite Curling Club. They were members of the Winnipeg Gyro Club, part of Gyro International, a social club whose members participated in formal dinners, dances and themed conventions held across Canada. In preparation for one convention, they learned the Red River Jig in order to showcase Winnipeg. Ever the competitor, practices were needed so local Metis dancers and musicians were invited to Ced and Barb’s home to teach the group. The living room carpet was rolled back and the dancing commenced! Ced was President of the Gyro Club from 1967-68.

Ced and Barb loved to entertain at home. They hosted an annual Boxing Day party that included a hockey game at the local rink and a football game in the snow with plenty of food and drink, lasting till late into the evening. Being Blue Bomber season ticket holders with friends, afternoon game days always began at their home with a brunch being served.

In 1971, Ced was offered a new promotion, the Senior Vice President of the Company, which meant another move further east all the way to Toronto. Barb finally put her foot down and said if they moved, there were to be no more children!

Upon their arrival in Hogtown, with the six children in tow, Ced had a rude awaking. He made an illegal turn to arrive at their new home and was immediately slapped with a traffic ticket. Hello Toronto! This move then led to the Chief Executive Position in 1974 which he held until his retirement in 1988. He remained as Non-Executive Chairman and Director of the Canadian Company until he was 70, when he retired to The Blue Mountains.

Cedric was a lifelong avid sailor. He was the third generation of Gyles to become a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Ced joined as a junior member in 1943 and maintained his membership until his passing. His sailing experience was gained in Snipes, Stars, 6 Metres, R Boats, and 8 Metres. After moving to Toronto in 1971, Cedric joined the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC).

Cedric was part of the revival of the Eight Metre Class on Lake Ontario with the purchase and restoration of Norseman in 1973. Having been built at the RCYC shipyard, Norseman was home! Cedric skippered his beloved Norseman in many Club and international races, most to victory including the Kimber Trophy for the North Americans, and the Norm Walsh Trophy for the overall 8 Metre season championship in the Classic division. Norseman has participated in every World Cup on Lake Ontario and in 1999 won the 8 Metre World Cup Sira Trophy in Rochester. In 2004, representing Canada and the RCYC, Cedric shipped Norseman from Toronto to Geneva, Switzerland in order to participate in the International 8 Metre World Cup Regatta and to promote the next World Cup Regatta to be held the following year at the RCYC.

Ced was involved in a number of RCYC standing and special project committees, with specific service in the capacity as Member at Large (1977-78), Vice Commodore House (1979-81) and Commodore (1985-86). He was also the recipient of the AEmillius Jarvis Bowl (1993), Patricia Trophy (1994) and several Fleet Captains Awards. He was one of the founding members of the Lake Ontario 8 Metre Class Association and received an Honorary Life Membership of the International Eight Metre Association (IEMA).

Ced was also an integral member of the RCYC Canada’s Cup Committee for the better part of twenty years, including the Canada’s Cup Committee Chair from 1993-2001, which realized the successful challenge in 2001. In 1983 Cedric headed up the operations committee for the group of “One Hundred Corinthians for Canada I” which saw Canada’s entry in the America’s Cup for the first time since 1881, which achieved a credible semi-finals finish.

His other passion was football. As a player, Cedric was a member of the Vancouver Junior Blue Bombers, who won the 1947 Dominion Championship after a 13-0 undefeated season. The Canadian championship was a two-game, total-point series, played under two different types of rules. The Vancouver Blue Bombers played against the Hamilton Tigercats and won the game opener 13-5 and the second game 6-3. Cedric was named MVP, scoring touchdowns in both games. In 2011, the 1947 Vancouver Junior Blue Bombers Football 1st Canadian Champions were inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame.

Ced also enjoyed playing Rugby in various B.C. leagues during the years 1945-1948 as a ¾ back. He played at wing ¾ against Australian Wallabies in 1948. Following his football career, he played for the Edmonton Rugby Club until 1958.

Cedric was a Calgary Stampeder player for the years 1948, 1950 and 1951 and was the last surviving member on the 1948 Calgary Stampeder Grey Cup team. In 1948 the team had a 14-0 undefeated season and it was the first Grey Cup win for the Stampeder Football Club. That was the year the Grey Cup festivities included trainloads of fans, pancake breakfasts and riding horses into the lobby of the Royal York Hotel thus, laying the ground for the Grey Cup celebrations that occur today! In 2000, the 1948 Calgary Stampeders’ team was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1962, Ced joined the Blue Bomber Football Club Board of Directors and was appointed to the Executive as Secretary in January 1963. Cedric served as President of the Winnipeg Football Club in 1968-1969 and brought to the position an extensive background as a player and an executive. In September 1989 Cedric was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in the “Builder” category. He was instrumental in establishing a new organizational structure, dealt with the Club’s debt of $150K, introduced various fundraising programs, increased stadium capacity by 3,000 and hired GM Earl Lunsford to establish a hard-driving, stable football team on the field.

Ced was a member of the Griffith Island Shooting Club for over thirty years, serving in the capacity of Director. He was introduced to small game hunting while in Winnipeg and was involved in many outings in Manitoba and Saskatchewan bringing home grouse, ducks and geese for his children to clean and his wife to cook. Luckily his outings at Griffith Island with many friends and business acquaintances meant the job of dressing the birds was no longer a family affair! His international hunting trips took him to the USA and Europe.

Ced was a skiing enthusiast. His love of skiing began as a young adult while living in Vancouver. As lifts had not yet been introduced, Ced and his friends would trudge up Hollyburn Mountain to a small ski chalet they called the “Goon Hut”. His adventures also included two helicopter trips to B.C. skiing in the Cariboo Mountains. His love for the sport was passed on to his children and grandchildren. During their time in Winnipeg, the family was often loaded into the estate wagon and taken to Mt. Agassiz ski hill. On one multi-stop road trip out west, Ced and Barb with their six kids and an extra friend made the trip to Banff with all required equipment. On two separate occasions, both the young boys, ages 5 and 7, hurt themselves and spent the rest of the trip in full leg casts creating chaos for seating arrangements in the car. Despite the chaos, the trip carried on making a few stops in B.C., Washington and Montana ski resorts and returning on the last leg heading home through North Dakota. A blizzard, closing the roads, stranded the family in Morris, Manitoba. It was a stroke of luck for us, as an elderly widowed woman had volunteered her home for trapped motorists. However, she was not expecting this large group of 9 to show up on her doorstop! And again, more chaos!

Ced and Barb, while residing in Toronto, would rent various seasonal ski chalets with friends at Blue Mountain Resort and joined the Toronto Ski Club. In 1979 Ced and Barb purchased their own chalet at the base of Blue Mountain and were totally spoiled with a ski lift literally in their front yard! Ced loved having his family and friends join him at the chalet to ski and visit. For 40 years they hosted the annual 8 Metre ski weekend lunch and race. New Year’s Eve parties took on a whole new meaning at the chalet! You did not just attend the party; you were challenged to make your own festive hat, a tradition started by son Peter and his friend. You then joined the parade to be judged on your creativity! Everyone vied for 1st prize. After his retirement to The Blue Mountains, Ced became a member of the Probus Club. He enjoyed the camaraderie and social interaction, making new friends and connecting with former Torontonians who also made the move North.

Ced and Barb travelled throughout the world for sailing events, for both business and pleasure. Sailing took them to Australia and New Zealand for an America’s Cup. Personal holidays included a bike and wine tour cycling through France, bareboat charters to the Caribbean, Grenada and several North American destinations. Business often took Ced across Canada from coast to coast and to many US and European destinations.

Ced was a man of his time. His sense of humor (sometimes unfitting for today’s times), his ease at embellishing common stories to make them memorable and fun, his generosity to all and his loyal friendships will never be forgotten. He often was the “life of the party” which suited him just fine!

Ced had an amazing life full of adventure, accomplishments and fun. However, we all know, “behind every great man there's a great woman”. Barbara was the love of his life, making it possible for him to achieve all that he did. He is now at peace and they are together again!

Most important to Ced was his love of family. His favourite and best moments were being surrounded by his children and grandchildren. We were proud of him and he was so proud of us and we would not be who we are today without him. We love him, miss him and he will be forever in our hearts.

Cedric is survived by his children, Cedric (Sue-Anne) Gyles of Toronto, Patricia (Brent) Miller of Winnipeg, Marti (Mike) Williams of Collingwood, Edward (Gloria Andrews) Gyles of Thornbury, John (Jane) Gyles of The Blue Mountains, Peter (Dominic Brugnano) Gyles of Toronto; his grandchildren William (Gillian), Sarah, Steven (Jett), granddaughter-in-law Katie, Thomas (Brenna), Lisa, Brice, Jason (Kelly), Richelle (Darrell), Jessica (Cam), Brier and Kailey; great-grandchildren Kylee (Devon), Matt, Jarek, Kenna, Asher, Riker, Jake, Molly, Mackenzie, Ryerson and Rome; sisters-in-law Anne and Doreen Martin; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ced was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Barbara, who passed away in December 2009; his parents Vera and Cedric H Gyles; his sister Jacquelyne McDormand; and his grandson Alexander Miller.

The family wishes to extend our appreciation to the many caregivers who provided Cedric with such kind and compassionate care to enrich his last years at home.

A celebration of Cedric’s life will be held at the Toronto Ski Club located at 796456 Grey Road 19, The Blue Mountains, Ontario between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cedric to a charity important to you would be appreciated by the family. Alternatively, for those who wish, donations could be made to the Warrior Sailing program. True Patriot Love is the organization that funds this program and the Invictus Games in Canada. Donations made in honour of Cedric will be directed to Warrior Sailing. Here is the link to make donations for the Warrior Sailing:”
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    796456 Grey Road 19
    Town of the Blue Mountains, ON
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    A celebration of Cedric’s life will be held at the Toronto Ski Club located at 796456 Grey Road 19, The Blue Mountains, Ontario between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2023.
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    December 23, 1926 - September 24, 2023

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Alison Gyles

Posted at 10:38am
Our family send our heartfelt condolences to all of Cedric's family. It sounds like he had a wonderful, full life. I remember meeting Cedric and Barb when I was young, and that my parents spoke fondly of them always. I believe they kept in better touch when they were younger, as they are still listed in my Mom's address book and Christmas Card list. Our parents were Art and Bev Gyles. Dad was a cousin of Harold (Betty) Gyles - who may have been part of that family they met when moving to Winnipeg. We lost Dad in 2004, and Mom earlier this year. Take care, and hold your memories dear.
Sincerely, Alison


Posted at 11:20am
I'm writing this on behalf of my dad, Don Warner who was Ced's best friend from grade 8 onwards. Every week without fail, they called each other, and both Barb and Ced visited my parents often, Don and Shirley Warner. Over the years, we all heard many stories of Ced and Dad and the Star boat, with the dinghy attached, aptly named : "Woof Hearted". One of my favourite tales, was of Dad, Ced and another friend, Polly had gone up to Hollyburn Mountain. They had a few bottles of beer stashed away, and when Polly sat down, Dad handed her the pack, and passed the beer. Unfortunately dad hit one of the bottles and it exploded all over a well dressed gentleman sitting next to Ced. The beer drenched man was wearing a homburg hat, and the beer was in the rim swishing round like water in a moat. Ced and all apologized but they couldn't stop laughing. Dad tells that story all the time. He just had his 97th birthday on Oct 29th. He said he wished Ced was here to have a chat and talk about their wonderful childhood in Vancouver, sailing around the gulf islands. What a great life!
Kind regards, Ann Smits (nee Warner) North Vancouver, B.C.

Michael Martin

Posted at 07:31pm
To all of my Gyles cousins out there,

I was a little saddened when I heard of the passing of Uncle Ced. No doubt he had a very full and long live.

Unfortunately I was too young to remember when Uncle Ced and Auntie Barb were living back in Vancouver. However, there are many pictures of the Gyles clan, when they were much younger, either on the beach with my Mom and older sister's and brother, Debbie, Julie, and Joe, or in our big yellow house on 29th Avenue in Vancouver, celebrating a birthday.

I do recall when Cedric Jr. and Ed came out to Vancouver for a visit during the summer. I recall cousin Ced, handling himself in a very proper manner during his stay, and he would hang out with his cousin Debbie, my oldest sister and the first granddaughter born to Grandma & Grandpa (Florence & James) Martin.

Ed was being Ed and was always catching crap from his older brother Ced. My older brother Joe and Ed were close in age and would hang out. However, East Vancouver at the time was no where close to the Toronto Yacht Club or Golf & Country Club. Regardless, both Ced and Ed survived their trip to visit with their cousins.

Uncle Ced and Aunt Barb would often fly out to Vancouver for various family events, which included Grandma and Grandpa's 50th Wedding Anniversary and there are several pictures floating around from those events.

There's a family picture with all of the family, on Grandma and Grandpa Martin's farm in Maple Ridge. In the picture, Ced, Barb, Jack, Ev, Merv, Doreen, and Ed & Lil were all young and there were grandchildren everywhere. If you look close at my Mom Evelyn, she was pregnant with me. Actually, there aren't too many big family pictures where all of the wife's weren't pregnant.

There is an Uncle Ced story from that day, which included Ced, his brother-in-laws, and a young bull, which Uncle Ced tried to wrangle down. Regardless of how the bull wrangling went down, it only enforces how much Uncle Ced enjoyed having fun with his family!

Many years later I made my way out to Toronto for school and work. I manage to make my way down to Lakeshore Drive to visit Uncle Ced and Aunt Barb. Uncle Ced extended an invite to join the family at the Chalet. located in Blue Mountain, Collingwood.

Uncle Ced explained how the family celebrates New Year's by running down the mountain with flares and wearing hats made from leftover Christmas wrapping paper. Then on New Years Day, they all go skiing. I explained I didn't ski but I'd still like to join the family and reconnect with my cousins.

After driving through an ice-storm in my Honda civic, I managed to make it to Blue Mountain and the Chalet. The entire clan was there and it was wonderful to catch up with the cousins.

Someone tossed in video of the family sailing on the "Sevren" (I think that was the name of the vessel). To be honest, I was more interested in the ski bunnies hanging out and the pubs around town. Sooo, I nabbed cousin John and hit the pubs. Last words I heard leaving the Chalet was Aunt Barb, "John, don't be too late". To me, that meant be back before midnight. We managed to make our way back to the Chalet by about 11:55pm. John tripped going up the stairs. BTW, when you have a 6'-4", 235Ilb cousin, don't try to keep up drinking with him!

Once upstairs, I received a bit of an evil glare from Aunt Barb and caught Uncle Ced with a little grin out of the corner of his mouth. John and I made it through the evening's festivities, which included running down the side the mountain carrying flares in our hands!

New Year's day I had expected to spend it alone with everyone else going skiing. I'm not sure if Uncle Ced used me as an excuse to stay back, but he decided not ski that day. As soon as the door closed, Uncle Ced said, "Michael, get yourself something to eat and once your finished, we'll have a couple New Year's Day martin's".

No idea what a "martin" was I learned fast. A tumbler with ice, 2 green olives, dry gin and a cap of vermouth, "I drink my booze straight," and he mixed up 2 of these drinks. Not sure if it was a little punishment for taking John out for the night or not.

Regardless, I knocked it back and Uncle Ced wasn't going to let some young pup out do him, even if it was his nephew. We had several "Martin's" that day, and since I also played rugby and football, we talked all morning, ate leftovers from New Years' Eve, and were in prime shape once everyone returned from their day of skiing.

Many years later, Uncle Ced travelled to Vancouver along with cousin's Patty and Marti. There was a short notice lunch arranged for the Cactus Club in Coquitlam and I managed to attend along with my sister Debbie.

I was early and watched my Dad, Uncle's Merv and Ced all limping up to the front door of the restaurant with their canes and their daughters helping them along. Being a Martin and an asshole, I greeted them all to the restaurant. While holding the door open I greeted everyone with, "Welcome to the Cactus Club and enjoy your lunches. Your server will let you know our daily specials"!

Uncle Merv said, "thank you young man" and Uncle Ced also thanked me and I heard him say, "that guy at the door is sure a big bastard!" My Dad Jack and step Mom Anne let it go for a couple of minutes and explained to both Ced and Merv, "that guy doesn't work here, that's just Mike being an asshole!"

The perfect Uncle Ced response, "who's Mike?" I guess both the memory and eyesight were starting to go but I still found it fun!

Later during the lunch I took a moment and sat with Uncle Ced. My two children, Brennen and Breanna, had both finished high school and were in University. I brought along a few pictures of my son Brennen playing football and rugby and a couple of pictures of my daughter riding her horse Legacy.

Uncle Ced enjoyed the pictures and conversation. I think it brought back some good memories of his own football and rugby days and the farm in Calgary with the horse.

I tell you, Uncle Ced's sure snapped when the cocktail waitress asked if anyone else wanted another drink. I said to the waitress, "Do you serve "Martins" here?" Unfortunately Uncle Ced missed the reference and I ordered a beer.

I will always have fond memories along with a little bragging rights that one of my Uncles played for the Calgary Stampeders' and was on the 1948 team that won the Grey Cup.

Rest in peace Uncle Ced.

Nephew Michael Martin
(Jack, Ev, Anne, Debbie, Julie, Joe, & Paul Martin)


Catherine Smart

Posted at 07:48am
Two amazing men! Ced Gyles Sr. receiving the Gooderham Cup presented by my Dad, Larry Smart. ❤️

Joel Roemer

Posted at 10:36am
Sincere Condolences and Heartfelt Prayers on the passing of your wonderful Dad. A man full of humility, kindness and warmth...he was a Champion on the race course and in life and will be very much missed. My very best to all of you and the entire Gyles Family...Ced Sr. was a helluva man. I truly believe that the 8 Meters themselves are mourning with us. Warm regards, Joel Roemer Fellow 8 Meter Friend

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