Frederick George Miles
April 3, 1923 – January 20, 2021
Obituary for Frederick George Miles (1923-2021)
Fred died peacefully on January 20, 2021, with his wife, Louise, by his side along with his two daughters. Fred was born in Bristol, England, on April 3rd, 1923, where he lived with his twin sister Margaret, sisters Florence (Topsy) and Valerie, and brothers Ron and David. He enrolled in the Royal Navy at the start of WW2, and spent 6 years on board Atlantic Convoys and Russian Convoys, Murmansk , and the Far East. After being demobilized, he joined British Airways and lived in Horley, England, with his wife Margaret and their three children Peter (Miles), Nicholas (Miles) and Sara (Miles Thomas).
His career, as an Advertising Executive, with British Airways brought him to Canada in the early 60's. With the growth of air travel, Fred's talents were in high demand, which led to him being recruited by Air Canada where he worked in Montreal until his retirement in 1985. He subsequently joined the Board of the Montreal Institute for Learning in Retirement at McGill University as President.
During his time at Air Canada, Fred met his second wife Louise, and welcomed her two daughters, Ingrid (Dilschneider) and Gigi (Morse), whom he later adopted. Fred and Louise moved to Kelowna, BC, when Louise retired in 1992. Fred became President of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra where he was 'instrumental' in establishing a solid foundation, leading to the success of what the Symphony is today. He also founded the Okanagan Institute for Learning in Retirement (now known as the Society for Learning and Retirement), a peer learning group which now has over 500 members. Fred's passions were his 6 grand children (Kristofer (Thomas), Keiran (Miles), Keriana (Miles), Ryan (Morse), Spencer (Morse), and Braden (Morse)) golf, philosophy, books, travel, and good conversation with friends.
Fred's family would like to thank the team at Brandt's Creek Mews for their exceptional care and compassion.
A much loved Fred, will be “celebrated in a manner to which he had become accustomed!” at a date yet to be determined.
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Frederick George Miles
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The Group The Group
February 3, 2021
It is with great sadness that we learned that Fred had passed away. We are a small group of men with distinctly different backgrounds, and a common interest in national and international affairs set up by the late Mick McGarry to meet regularly to discuss current matters, and each month discuss each member’s researched essay on an agreed topic. Fred was the first recruit.
We still do this to enhance our retirement years in the original format, now on Zoom, after more than 15 years of uninterrupted activity. Fred was going to be 98 in a few weeks and it was not long ago that he left the group for health reasons but still showing remarkable stamina for his age. Fred kept us disciplined, he would read attentively each contributed essay, note issues for clarification and bring them up for discussion. He had a particular bent for history and we often turned to him for the final word.
We shall remember him as our quintessential, good-humoured Englishman.
We offer our most sincere condolences to Louise and the family.
February 2, 2021
A Word About Fred Miles
During intermission at an Okanagan Symphony Orchestra concert, I was invited by Fred to join the Board of the OSO, which I did. Fred was spending much of his time rebuilding the Board and organizing the members to become an effective force. Since there were no staff in the office at that time, Fred’s wife, Louise, went there every morning as a volunteer, returning calls, opening mail and dealing with the myriad of administrative details necessary to keep the orchestra afloat. It was a pleasure working with Fred and Louise.
When he occasionally felt in a melancholy mood, Fred sometimes mentioned his experience as an advertising executive or as an officer in the British navy. One event he told us about occurred when his ship was sailing in the North Atlantic and detected a submarine lurking below. The captain ordered a depth charge fired and when Fred saw the oil slick on the surface of the water, indicating that the sub had been sunk, he became quite disturbed. All he could think about was the crew of the submarine trapped in that steel tube and suffocating to death. The memory of it stayed with him probably to the end of his life.
Fred was quick to laugh when something funny was said, and was always a pleasure to be with. I miss him as do his many other friends.
Andrew Grindlay, Kelowna
February 1, 2021
Louise, so sorry to hear about Fred. He was a neat guy who had a remarkable career and was so active after he retired with the symphony and SLR. Our sympathies on your loss from Bob Ann and me and from all your old friends in the Beercall Group! Ray Dziver
Geert & Elly Maas
January 31, 2021
Dear Louise and Family,
Our heartfelt condolences with the passing of Fred.
May the many good memories comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Fred will be dearly missed by many. We wish you all lots of strength.
Geert and Elly Maas
January 26, 2021
It is with deep sadness that we learned of Fred's passings. He brought to Kelowna the concept of the Society for Learning in Retirement. I worked with Fred to get it up and going. He had a vision of an something that was destined to be a place where people who were retired needed a place to continue to learn and share their quest to continue to learn. The concept caught on and it grew until we had a huge number of retired persons who wanted to share in this vision. He will be saddely missed. Thank you Fred for your vision.