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Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Michael Edward Doyle

May 18, 1943July 22, 2020
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Mike Doyle, sports marketer and promoter, passed away on July 22, 2020.

Born in Halifax, May 18, 1943. He was the eldest son of Anthony (Tony) Doyle and Edna (Tobin)Doyle and husband of 38 years to Patricia. As a young man he ventured to Montreal and Toronto to begin his career as the Director of Artists and Repertoire for London Records. In that position he promoted Canadian talent such as Ginette Reno and the Poppy Family.

After returning to Nova Scotia, Mike began a career in sports promotion, which was no surprise, as his grandfather, "Tee" Doyle was not only a hockey player but the pitcher for the Cdn Army team during World War I. "Tee" was known in those years as "one of the best pitchers ever" and is a member of the NS Sports Hall of fame.

In the early eighties Michael, true to his roots, took up his grandfather's enthusiasm for sports through his engagement with hockey marketing and administration. His determination to make the NS Voyageurs (Montreal Canadian's AHL farm team) number one for attendance in the American Hockey League inspired many innovative promotions and community engagement. He worked tirelessly for the players and fans to keep Halifax front and center in the American Hockey League.

In 1982 the Quebec Nordiques sought his expertise for their AHL farm team, the Fredericton Express, a move that saw him win the prestigious Ken McKenzie Award for the best marketing and public relations for his team. In that same year Mike became the first Canadian to hold a position on the AHL Marketing Committee.

In the early nineties Mike's desire to innovate, always ahead of the times, took him away from the ice and into the warmth of the basketball experience through the World Basketball league. Through his impetus and that of his partners, Halifax was introduced to pro basketball. The Hfx Windjammers became a Halifax favorite.

Although not a politician, while living in Windsor, he saw the merits in Vince MacLean's Liberal vision for NS and therefore, he began a two year campaign as the Liberal candidate for Hants West. His early training for the political debate probably stemmed from his many discussions at the Hyland dinner table as his father-in-law, Da (Edward Hyland) held court and aptly challenged every theory. Michael loved Nanny and Da. Many a night after his heart attack, Nanny (Marion- mother-in-law) called him to share her wisdom and encouragement.

Mike loved to travel and he and Patricia had many adventures from Florida, to Europe to Panama as well as on the golf course. He also loved cooking gourmet meals and he found great joy in grocery shopping! He and Patricia were gracious Hosts and nothing delighted them more than good wine, good food and good friends. Whether it was helping Patricia decorate their turn of the century-home or planting an English garden or caring for Patricia's Uncle Alf Fougere, Mike was present. One of his favorite memories was the Christmas he dressed up as Santa for three-year old Liam and almost pulled it off until his signature leather shoes gave him away and Liam declared. "You are not Santa you are Uncle Michael". No matter what Mike did, he gave it his unique energy and commitment.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hyland; daughter, Kelly Doyle Brown (Chris Allen, Kayla and Nathan) and grandson, Benjamin Brown; brother, Doug, (nephew Kevin and niece Melanie); sisters-in-law- Debbie Doyle, (nephews, Mark and Joel); Nancy Hyland (Roger Megeney) (nephew Liam Hyland (Reagan Hyland) great niece Nya and great nephew Quinn; sister-in-law Linda Hyland (Graham Dube), brother-in-law, William Hyland (Darlene Hollingshead), In addition to his parents , he was predeceased by brothers, John, Christopher and Dennis.

Special thanks to the Palliative Care Team and Dr. Andrew Cumming for their kindness and care.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, July 31, 2020

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Sharon Watts

July 31, 2020

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the The Real Estate Board of the Fredericton Area, Inc., we were very sorry to hear of Mike's passing so soon after he retired from the real estate industry and 17 years as a member of our Board. When Mike would call the office and I would ask, Hey Mike how are you today....Sharon, I'm perfect he'd say - every time. Loved his attitude! Mike was a Director with our Board in 2008 and volunteered on the Publicity Committee whose primary role is fundraising for our community. We've included a photo of Mike celebrating 15 years in our industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Marilyn & John McLaren

July 31, 2020

Our sincere sympathies - our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Marilyn & John

Rick Lifford

July 30, 2020

To The Doyle and Hyland Families;
We are saddened to have learned of Mike's passing. He was a good friend. We had many great visits and daily discussions about everything in life.
Our sympathies to Mike's families. We pray that God's strength and comfort is will all of the family during this time of your loss.
Ellen Gallant & Rick Lifford

Dana Clowater

July 29, 2020

To all of Mikes family, please accept our heartfelt condolences on his passing. Mike was a great friend and co worker for many years in Fredericton.
Before he moved to Nova Scotia we went to a local fast food place with some friends and I put my glasses on the table but left without them thinking they were in my car. When I discovered they were not there I hurried back and with the manager went thru all the garbage bins with no success.

A couple of hours later Mike shows up at my office with the glasses, he said he thought they were his. We had a good chuckle over that.
Mike will be missed!

Vincent Bradshaw

July 28, 2020

I wrote an obituary, should have been a memory, so I will try to write the same note here. Well well well what to say? I only ever knew him as uncle Mike, thats how my dad introduced him to me and thats how I addressed him. He was charming, competitive, charismatic, funny and the list of positives goes on. Uncle Mike was a dear friend to my father, they were both hard nosed business men sons of guns, no nonsense men who didnt suffer fools. This is why they first hated each other and then became great allies, which happens a lot in the relationships of men. He was a loyal and solid family friend, who in his friendship, made our family feel even more secure. I loved it when I knew he was coming to see us, I really enjoyed it when he was around as a boy.

We start out life with a ? and we end it with one, and what we do in between paints our portrait, his canvas was painted by a master. I wont miss him, as out of site is not out of mind for me, and he is not dead, the word death for me is too arrogant in its absolute certainty of finite, as we have trouble defining the infinite. My uncle Mike has simply passed away and I hope to see him on the flip side....V

Vincent Bradshaw

July 28, 2020

Well what to say what to say? Live begins as a ? and ends as one, and all we have is what is in between. I've only ever known him as uncle Mike. He was a charismatic, funny sun of a gun, who didnt mess around or suffer fools. He was a straight shooter and wanted things his own way. My father and him had great times together and I always enjoyed being in his company. His friendship to my father and family also made us feel safe, as his friendship was solid and loyal throughout our lives. Not much to say other than I loved him a lot and he hasnt died, just passed away and still present in memory. God bless uncle Mike and see you on the flip side......V

John O brien

July 28, 2020

Patricia

I was saddened to read of Michaels passing in The Herald. He certainly led a full life and did much to be remembered for by those who knew him. Just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

John o brien

Barry Gorman

July 28, 2020

Patricia

My condolences on Mike's passing. I fondly remember my time working with Mike for the Windjammers and his other ventures. My wife often recalls the evening we and our children spent with you and Mike in Frederiction, especially the way our children enjoyed playing with your rabbit.

Please extend my condolences to Kelly as well.

Barry Gorman

Audrey Thibault Smith

July 26, 2020

Dear Patsy! I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with and your family at this difficult and stressful time. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the celebration of life due to personal reasons But I want you to know that I will be thinking and praying for you especially that day and that in time you will find comfort, love and peace knowing how much love is being send your way. I think of you often God Bless

Lucie and Pat McCarthy

July 26, 2020

Patricia and family,
We offer our condolences and thoughts. It was a pleasure to get to know you and Mike over the last several years. Sincerely Lucie and Pat McCarthy

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