RICH MILES Rich's battle with cancer ended peacefully on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14, 2013. Rich is survived by his wife Joyce (nee Murray), son James, brother Andrew (Pat) and sister Mary. Rich was born in Halifax in 1946 to Edwin Richard "Buck" and Audrey Miles. He maintained his love of the east coast during a life that took him to Winnipeg, Toronto and eventually Creemore, Ontario. He graduated from Kelvin High School and the University of Manitoba before moving to Toronto, where he earned his actuarial certification and went to work for Canada Life. During his 35+ year career with the company, Rich rose through the ranks to a series of senior roles in Group Pension, Human Resources and Toronto Brokerage. While at Canada Life he met and married Joyce, the great love of his life. The person who once said "an actuary is someone who wanted to be an accountant but didn't have the personality" had clearly never met Rich Miles. Whether he was leading his sales team into new territory or organizing a dinner party, he never settled for half measures. He was competitive, funny, generous and driven by his fascination with interesting people, good food, fine wine and new places to explore. After he and Joyce left the company to seek a life as 'gentleman farmers' on Temperance Creek in the hills near Creemore, their house became a gathering place for people from all walks of life. He played golf with the determination of a hockey player and he was still bouncing off the boards in the local arenas with his men's league until a year ago. Friends will remember him hacking trails through the bush on his property or walking the sand beach of Santa Rosa, Florida with his faithful dog Bella. We will remember him with a glass of wine in his hand, telling a joke at his own expense and toasting our good health. A memorial will be held at OslerBrook Golf and Country Club in April (date to be announced). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Geneva Centre for Autism Foundation (www.autism.net) or the charity of your choice. Friends may visit Rich's online Book of Memories at www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 23, 2013