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MILES, Frederick George

MILES, Frederick George

In loving memory of 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

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com

Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC. 250-762-2299

Link: www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com
Condolence Messages
  • Feb 02, 2021
    Dear Louise and family
    I was saddened to see the notice of Fred’s passing in the paper. Rita and I so much enjoyed having you as our neighbours and friends, and our luncheons were a highlight. Fred could always be counted on for firm opinions and stimulating discussion, and a good sense of humour too. He was so proud of you and his family. He was an interesting man. I am sorry that circumstances led us to rather lose contact these past few years.
    Chris and I extend to you all our very heartfelt sympathy.
    Bob Lemon/Chris Bischoff
  • Jan 30, 2021
    Dear Louise and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. One person can touch more hearts than we'll ever know. Fred touched many, and his legacy means so much to so many people. My condolences to all of you.
    Pat McCutcheon
  • Jan 28, 2021
    Dear Louise:
    Sending sympathy on the loss of Fred. I was sad to read of his passing. Although I did not know Fred personally, I feel I know a lot about him from talking to you and others about him. I know he did so much for the community and indeed did live his life very fully giving time and caring to so many people and organizations. My warm wishes to you and your family and condolences in this sad time.
    Nancy Baillie
  • Jan 27, 2021
    I am indeed saddened to hear of Fred's passing. Having been involved with SLR (along with many others) since it's early days as OILR and as president over the last few years, I am well aware of the importance of Fred's contribution in getting OILR started back in 1995. Hundreds of senior's have been able to continue with life long learning as a result of his foresight. We will always be grateful for that and on behalf of SLR, I send sincere condolences to Louise and family.
    Vera Ito, President.
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Dear Louise, I'm so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a very special person and I have many fond memories of working with him at the Symphony. My thoughts are with you. Take care, Tania Meyer.
  • Jan 25, 2021
    We are both so glad to have known Fred in his younger years and saddened to hear of his death. He was an amazing man, lived at least three lives in the course of one, and enriched the lives of so many others through his hard work and volunteer commitments. The community of Kelowna particularly is the beneficiary of his symphony orchestra support and the founding of SLR. We both send our love and sincere sympathy to Louise and all the family. Pam and Jim Laing
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Dear Louise and family,
    I was saddened to hear of the loss of you husband, father, and grandfather earlier this month. I know you will be a great comfort to each other during this time when grief is so new.
    Jeannette Mergens
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