Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel

467 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON


John Douglas Glyndwr Bailes

October 26, 1942September 14, 2020

John Douglas Glyndwr Bailes beloved gay son of John Douglas Ferguson Bailes of Toronto and Pearl Jean Bailes (Jefferies) of Oshawa, Ontario in his 78th year. Named after Owain Glyndwr the last Welsh King. President Canadian Metric Association and Beaches Electric Limited, his own company. Survived by older brother Charles of Northbrook, Ontario, cousin Elizabeth Lomax, Vancouver and nephew David Bailes of Toronto. Ceremony Rosar-Morrison funeral home, Sherbourne Street, Toronto and interment at Union Cemetery, Oshawa.

Worked as student while at U of T for GM in Oshawa designed and built electrical test equipment for complete final assembly car bodies. One summer Ontario Hydro Niagara Falls Sir Adam Beck GS.

Graduated top of class Electrical Engineering U of T 1965.

First job after graduation Johnson Controls Limited where he saw introduction of first commercial computer building automation systems. Wrote exam and obtained master electrician’s licence.

To Foxboro Canada to move up to industrial process control computer installations.

Installed large programmable controller (hardened computer) Windeler Electric for new GM stamping plant Oshawa.

At Custom Control Panels Mississauga installation of Siemens programmable controller for control of variable speed motors to open and close SkyDome roof

Electrical engineer and master electrician supervised design and construction all electrical including 120 kV transmission lines, transformer station, switchroom, governors, voltage regulators, protection & control & metering for 120 MW combined cycle private power station for Northland Power. Complete direct digital control redundant hot spare Rosemount with Allen-Bradley PLC bumpless transfer. Uninterruptible power supply for controls and backup generator to allow black start.

Worked on Y2k resolution for city of Toronto and Enwave Energy.

Partially retired 2005 on to continue to run Beaches Electric.

Suffered stroke in 2019 which paralyzed right side but recovered completely at rehab in Toronto where he regrettably experienced some homophobia. Diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Used MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) in last stage of this disease. Passed away peacefully with friends at his side on Monday, September 14, 2020.


18 September

Funeral Service

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel

467 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ON M4X1K5


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020


John Douglas Glyndwr Bailes

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Elizabeth Lomax

September 17, 2020

Chuck. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. John and I had many long conversations and visits over the course of the last many years of his life. I always enjoyed his sense of humour even in the face of his impending death. I miss him already as I am sure you do too. As you know I live in Vancouver and will not be able to attend his service but please know my thoughts are with both you and John.

Laurie Kochen

September 17, 2020

I was a classmate of John but hadn't seen him for decades until I moved back to Toronto and bumped into him at the East Toronto chapter of the Professional Engineers association where he was an active and valued member. No matter where he was John could be counted on for his stories, humour and delightful outrage directed at deserving targets. I will miss John.

Gordon Miller

September 16, 2020

John always brought joy and laughter into the lives of his friends. It was always enriching to engage him on any topic. He had a unique style and approach that I will always remember fondly.

Jay Emmcee

September 15, 2020

RIP John. Thanks for your energy and passion towards a metric USA. You will be missed!

Kristin Philpot

September 15, 2020

I met John five years ago at a UofT Engineering alumni event. With a cowboy hat and jolly banter, he stood out in the crowd! After that, I came to know him well as an advocate for 'Skule', a supporter of students (giving generously to establish a scholarship), and a friend of the Faculty. I will remember him as someone who was true to his convictions and spoke passionately about things that mattered most to him. He always made time for chat, and never failed to make me laugh with a joke or two - even just a few days before his passing.

Skule won't be the same without you John. Thanks for everything you did to make your alma mater proud!

Verne Chant

September 15, 2020

John was my UoT Eng'g classmate and lab partner, and Devonshire House resident for four exciting years. I was amazed at his intelligence, skill, knowledge, experience and insight, and sometimes shocked at his unusual antics. We installed a private phone line between our rooms in two separate houses at Devonshire. After Skule, we maintained contact through occasional long phone conversations, often on my call to ask for his advice. My condolences to his family and many friends.

Lauri Hiivala

September 15, 2020

The Class of 6T5 Electrical at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, otherwise known as Skule, would like to extend their deepest condolences.


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