Edwin Arthur Guiles

December 10, 1949June 7, 2019
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Edwin Arthur Guiles Devoted Husband, Father & Grandfather December 10, 1949 – June 7, 2019

Edwin Arthur Guiles, age 69, passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2019. He is survived by Sharon, his wife of 40 years, his sons Edwin II (Eddie) and Robert; Robert’s wife Erika and his two grandsons, Carter and Logan, who will miss him greatly. Edwin Guiles was born on December 10, 1949 in Yuma, Arizona, to parents Arthur Russell Guiles, Jr. and Betty June Garrison. Edwin earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona and graduated from the Executive Leadership programs at the University of Southern California and the Edison Electric Institute. In 1972, Edwin joined San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) where he held a variety of management roles before becoming Chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy’s utilities, SDG&E and Southern Gas Company, in 2000. Edwin was a devoted family man, who was deeply in love with his wife. He married Sharon on May 26, 1979. Edwin’s heart for his wife of 40 years was evident in his daily expressions of love and affection. He was a godly husband and selfless father who consistently displayed patience, courage, love, humility, and a determined, unshakable commitment to his family. He enjoyed hunting, walking his chocolate lab (Jake), reading, swimming, watching sports with his family, coaching his boys’ sports, mentoring, and spending time with his grandsons. His family and friends will always remember him as a noble leader who truly cared about the wellbeing of others. He had the ability to make anyone feel like the most important person in the room. Colleagues say that Edwin was a self-sacrificing, humorous, warm, intelligent, and personable leader. A funeral service is scheduled for Edwin Guiles on Saturday June 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church – 17010 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA, 92128. Dr. Bruce Humphrey will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Edwin’s life. The family respectfully requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Colorado State University’s “One Cure” Fund ( to support clinical trials and comparative oncology research at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Contributions can be made “in tribute to Edwin Guiles.” Please continue to keep the Guiles family in your thoughts and prayers.


  • Visitation Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 22, 2019


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Neila Stover

August 26, 2019

My deepest sympathy go to Sharon, Robert and Eddie and their family on the passing of Ed. Ed was a wonderful boss in SDG&E's Gas Operations. His employees appreciated and respected him. Ed was very intelligent and hard-working. He worked long hours and seemed to have endless energy. He was always extremely fair in his dealings with employees. He was a leader with a positive attitude and was easily approachable. We have lots of pleasant memories of Ed. It was an honor to work for him as his Administrative Assistant.
Ed was the most caring, committed, dedicated, devoted husband to Sharon and the most enthusiastic and doting dad to his sons. His family was the most important aspect of his life. My thoughts and prayers are with Sharon, his entire family and closest friends.

Kat Aquino-Belgrave

August 2, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Guiles many years ago at the grocery store I work at. He was always so nice to me and everyone I knew. Always had a smile on his face. I am saddened to hear of his passing but am very fortunate to have met him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Jack Wolfe

July 23, 2019

Ed was my hunting partner for almost twenty years, Always thoughtful and exuberant when we hunted together. Insightful, and not dogmatic, he enlightened conversations on a multitude of subjects. I will miss him and his guidance. On our Canadian hunting trips, he was known for excellent shooting, especially at long range, His loss touches all of us.

We always toasted after each hunt to honor our birds with a small sip of scotch with a comment about the day and then added the ditty "to the fallen game" ..... "You will be missed Ed but never forgotten--- 'to the fallen game' "

Meagan McHale

July 22, 2019

Today I was told about Mr Guile’s passing. So saddened by this news. He was always the kindest and a genuine man. I met Mr Guile’s while I worked at the Vons RB through the checkout - he always spoke and shared pictures of his family , dog , rose bushes , and of course his grandchildren. So sorry for you loss he was truly a great man. He will be missed .

Alan Fohrer

June 30, 2019

To Sharon and family, my condolences on Ed’s passing. I got to know Ed when he and I were tasked with getting the Edison-SDG&E merger done. From that time until we retired we were friends. He had intelligence, integrity and a great sense of humor. Even when we disagreed we stayed friends. All at Edison respected and liked Ed.

Al Fohrer

Jim Valentine

June 26, 2019

Like many, I have not been able to get the loss of Ed out of my head. He was such a good person and my deepest sympathies to his wonderful family. I met Ed many years ago during the gasification of unit five at the Encina Power Plant. I was the foreman of the gas crew installing the 20 inch gas service to unit five and Ed was overseeing the entire project along with building the 400 foot smoke stack. He took the time regularly to drop by the job site and visit with the crew. We were about the same age with young children and he always asked about my family before a project update. We also talked about our mutual interest in the YMCA... he loved their mission to build strong families. Our relationship led to my first business trip with Ed to Reno Nevada and how he made me... a young, nervous supervisor comfortable meeting employees from Southwest Gas. Our relationship continued for over 30 years and through those years Ed would always take the the time to stop by my office, even Orange County, to say hello and ask how the family and the “Y” was doing. He also took the time to always send me a note after my mutual assistance trips to thank me for my leadership and getting everyone home safe. Remember... Ed was a busy executive for most of those years and yet he always took the time to keep in touch. He will be missed by many and will not be forgotten. God bless Ed and family.

Rod Lanthorne

June 25, 2019

Dear Guiles Family,
Please accept my deep condolensces on the passing of Ed. He was a delightful, sincere and insightful leader and friend. I met Ed through our contacts through the YMCA and by virtue of the relationships we forged as the respective leaders of SDG&E/Sempra and Kyocera.

Eddie, Jr. was employed for a time on my staff at Kyocera and he brought his father along for a company-sponsored Padre game about fifteen years ago when the Padres first moved into Petco Park. Ed was friendly and expressed his pride in Eddie, as Eddie did for his Dad. Ed later honored Kyocera by offering his congratulatory remarks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of our Solar Grove generation system installed in our parking lot directly across Balboa Avenue from SDG&E headquarters.

We join you in your sorrow on Ed's passing, but we also celebrate his considerable contributions to his community and family. We also celebrate that his has gone to glory and is in the loving embrace of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May you receive the comfort and peace during your period of grieving through wonderful memories.

Wityh deepest sympathies,
Rod Lanthorne

Tina Carter

June 25, 2019

I am saddened at the loss of a great leader and personable manager of whom I am privileged to say I worked for at the old Station B Power Plant. He was the "face" of San Diego Gas and Electric for many years. When I would see him at some event, he always greeted me like he remembered. He personally put investment into every employee. God bless and comfort the family.

ray morris

June 24, 2019

I was honored to meet Ed 37 years ago. It was gracious of his family to share such an incredible day. Days like this are hard for all, as Ed passed far too soon. With the love and memories shared by Ron, Rhonda, Robert and Erika, we all left knowing the family was solid and strong during this difficult time. Their unity and faith will continue to lead them throughout. I was torn trying to think of one word to best describe Ed. Humble was my first thought, but the word FAMILY was most important in his life. Love to all. Ray Morris June 23, 2019

Alan Colton

June 22, 2019

I had the privilege of working with Ed Guiles at SDG&E and experienced his genuine care and support for everyone he came in contact with. One memorable experience that I reflect on often occurred when I took Ed on a tour of one of our large projects that was under construction while he was CEO. We were struggling to reach agreement with a particular property owner for how we would conduct our construction without impacting their business. During the tour we stopped on that site and Ed asked me how we were going to resolve the issue. At that time there wasn’t clear direction on how to reach resolution and I stated as much. Without losing a beat Ed looked me in the eye and stated that he had full confidence in our team and that he knew we would be successful. We eventually resolved the issue and did successfully complete the project. As I have encountered challenging circumstances since then I have reflected on that experience and felt his encouragement with a renewed sense of confidence that has helped me to push forward. Ed made a significant impact on many lives through his influence and encouragement in this life, and I am grateful for his faith that he displayed everyday through his servant leadership.