Leslie Ernest Lye
LESLIE ERNEST LYE November 18, 1924 - July 21, 2009 Peacefully at the Queensway- Carleton Hospital at the age of eighty-four. Born in Toronto, Les attended Withrow Public School, Riverdale Collegiate and the University of Toronto. He pursued post-graduate studies at the Lorne Greene Academy, setting him on course to forever change the Ottawa radio and television world. Les served in the Canadian Air Force, and after D-Day remustered into the army and volunteered Pacific. Les had a lengthy, prolific career in radio, theatre and television in both Toronto and Ottawa. He also taught Speech and Diction in the broadcasting diploma program at Algonquin College. He contributed countless volunteer hours to many local charities. His greatest feat, however, was being the best husband, father and friend one could ever hope to have. Les is predeceased by his parents Marion and Edward Lye, his brothers Donald and Kenneth Lye, and his daughter Jennifer Lye. He is survived by his wife and love of his life Jonni Marshall Lye, his children Daralyn Steele (John), Brett Lye, Emily Lye (William Hopkins), grandchildren Josh, Ben, Zac, Chelsea, Chase, Sophie and Jack, and great-grandchildren Katie, Megan, Ella, Cooper and Alexander. Please join us at our celebration of Les's life at Pinecrest Remembrance Services (2500 Baseline Rd., Ottawa) on Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. In remembrance, contributions may be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Online condolences can be made at www.colefuneralservices.com Cole Funeral Services 613-831-7122

Published by Toronto Star from Jul. 23 to Jul. 25, 2009.
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Sad to hear of my cousins passing! I regret we lost touch over the last few years. I well remember the great days on Wards Island and the fun times with my aunt and uncle on Third Ave. The record of Les & Rich Little is still a laugh.
John Ingram
August 12, 2009
All my condolences to the Lye family.
Your father was one of a kind!
My first memory of him was about 5o some odd years ago when my father took me to CFRA and Les was behind that big glass with his great big smile!
George Sparrow
July 29, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear of Les' passing.
I many fond memories, as a child, watching
him emcee at Gala Day and other functions
on Wards Island.
Susan (Tolley) Madigan
July 26, 2009
To the Lye family,

We've only known you for a few short years through our daughter Heather, but the love and caring that Les had for all for you was very obvious. His sense of humour, his presence in your lives will always be felt. We feel priviledged to have had the oppourtunity to have known him.
David and Nicole Dollin
D & N Dollin
July 26, 2009
I GREW UP WATCHING MR.LYE ON YOU CANT DO THAT ON TELEVISION. HE ALLWAYS MADE ME LAUGH .HE TAUGHT ME THAT ITS OK TO LAUGH.HE WILL FONDLY BE REMEMBERED AND GREATLY MISSED.
TAMMY
July 25, 2009
Emily and Family,
Em, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I remember so many Friday night sleepovers and we would get up early Saturday to head to the T.V. station to be on the show. It was so much fun all the time at your house and your dad made all of us laugh all the time.
Sweet memories of a Sweet man.
My prayers are with you and your family now. Smile when you think of him, I do.
Thank you Mr. Lye.

Susan Rosebrook (Pettes)
July 25, 2009
To the Lye Family

We are thinking of you Emily & your family. We all have wonderful memories of your talented father.

The "Girls" AT The Lockart Y Table
Lockart Y Table
July 25, 2009
My Prayers and Thoughts are with the Family ... For such a Time as This...
Les will always be with us in our Hearts.. Thanks for the Memories and all the Laugh's ..it was the Best Medicine ...
Psalm 91. 1,2 may it bring you Peace to know .. Life is just changed ..Not . Taken AWAY...
Diane Faye McCooeye
July 25, 2009
DEAR EMILY AND FAMILY. I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR FATHER'S PASSING. HIS SKILLS IN REACHING YOUNG CHILDREN AND BRINGING JOY INTO THEIR LIVES GAVE MY SON MANY HOURS OF LAUGHTER. ALTHOUGH I DID NOT KNOW YOUR DAD PERSONALLY, I DID GET TO KNOW YOU VERY WELL IN THE YEARS THAT YOU WERE A STUDENT IN MY CLASS, I STILL TREASURE SOME OF THE CARTOONS THAT YOU DREW FOR ME. I AM SURE THAT YOU INHERITED YOUR HUMOUR FROM YOUR DAD AND I HOPE THAT THIS TRAIT WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN DEALING WITH YOUR LOSS.
GLENDA ANDERSON ( FORMERLY BOWEN) GR. 1&3 TEACHER AT BROADVIEW SCHOOL
GLENDA ANDERSON
July 24, 2009
To the families of Les, please accept my condolences on the loss of a fine man. I only spent 2 years working with Les and Bill at CJOH-TV, in 1969 & 1970, and even performed on a few "Willy & Floyd" bits. I was a young guy just starting my directing career and Les always treated me with kindness and was ever encouraging. I will never forget the good times I had there. Les brought joy and laughter to many thousands for so may years, that's a pretty good memory.
Sidney M. Cohen
July 24, 2009
Les Lye was a treasure. One time on Uncle Willy and Floyd he pointed out a tree that had Dutch Elm Disease. When Uncle Willy asked what was so unusual about that Floyd said it was a Scotch pine. Thanks for making us laugh. Deepest sympathies to the family.
Katherine Campbell
July 24, 2009
Les's loss will be felt by countless friends and fans. But heaven will be even happpier with Les (& Abercrombie).
My sympathy for all his family.
Bill Sproule
July 24, 2009
My thoughts and prayers to you, Joni, and family. Sadness grips me, but the memories of the Island and visits in the Summer are the happiest of memories. I'm sure my Mom and Les are visiting right now!
Wayne Russell
July 24, 2009
Emily,

My heart goes out to you as you mourn the loss of your father. My deepest condolences.
Tori Matthews
July 24, 2009
I was born across the street from Ken and Les on Victor Ave. in Toronto and have some fond memories of the Lye family as me and my brother Don were younger than Les and Ken they were the nieghbours who watched out for our safety when we were growing up. It is because of those fond memories that on behalf of my sisters Joyce (81) and Frances (79) and brother Don (76) and myself Ian (74) and my late brother Jim who passed away in 1994 at the age of 68 I am sending my condolences to the Lye family on behalf of the Richards family and everyone else that grew up on Victor Ave and can remember the great family that lived in our nieghbourhood. With respect Ian Richards.
Ian Richards
July 24, 2009
To Daralynn and family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Father.

Lois Brigden
July 23, 2009
I was born and raised in Ottawa, the oldest of a family of 10 and, though I never met Les Lye personally, his familiar presence through radio and television in Ottawa made him feel like extended family. I am thankful that his humour was a part of the tapestry of my life and my thoughts and prayers go to his family. May your happy memories sustain you in your loss.
Cathy Bergeron (Larkin)
July 23, 2009
Les will be sadly missed. During an Ottawa visit in the 90s Les joined me for lunch and we had a great time reminiscing about our days entertaining during the 40s and 50s. He was always number one in my books - a true friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his good wife and family.
Sonny Morin
July 23, 2009
Daralyn
We are sadened to hear of your father's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and the family.
Mark, Fay & Larry DuBroy
July 23, 2009
We met in 1975 at Algonquin College when Les was my "Voice and Speech" teacher. I don't remember learning much about voice and speech but we sure got humourous lessons in Canadian broadcast history.
We re-met in 1977 when I came to work at CJOH. And then my love and respect for him blew through the roof when I started producing and directing "You Can't Do That On Television" in 1984.
He was a director's dream - professional, prepared, helpful, so kind and giving to a green rookie with a huge workload. Les was a master of comic timing and delivery. The YDCTOTV characters that he created are now part of TV history - an absurd collection of endearing, lovable misfits.
He was so skilled at his craft that he could make it look deceptively effortless.
He was always a gentleman, in a business that doesn't always bring out the best in people. He shared his love of Johnni and his children (and pets) openly.
We have lost someone very special this week, but his rich talent will continue to entertain us..
"That was one sneaky kid...."
My deepest condolences ..
Brenda Mason
July 23, 2009
Emily, and all of you....so sorry for your tremendous loss. He lives on in the hearts of so very many people whose lives he touched and left for the better....
Theresa Dow Saffold
July 23, 2009
Thank YOU for bringing laughter and joy to many generations. May God Cradle You in HIS arms with a gentle grip just in case you have a secret stach of "slime" God Bless your family with memories to last a lifetime
Lynn Noel
July 23, 2009
To the families of Mr.Lye.My prayers are with you all.God bless and take care.I watched him on Willie and Floyd,they were so funny.
Joyce Ladouceur
July 23, 2009
To the Lye family.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.I wathched him on tv all the time.He will be missed,have courage. xoxo
Suzette Ladouceur
July 23, 2009
Emily
I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I don't think I ever knew him through the years I went to school with you but will never forget him from watching him on TV and from the good work I know he did in the community. I know that as sad a time as this is for your family, you will have countless wonderful memories and pride for the wonderful man he was in his public life and in his private life with your family.

Sincerely,

Colleen (Scott) Comerford
July 23, 2009
My sincee condolences going out to you all at this time.

I met Les when he was at the Apahasia some years ago when my Dad was going there as well, and i believe they were in the same group...
Anyhow, he had us laughing, always smilng, and even played Santa at the Xmas parties there.
Truly a wonderful man and one of a kind .

Here's my tribute:

" The Heartiest Laugh "

Since the day he was born
He was meant to be comedic
That I could of sworn

He was around way before my time
But he was definitely in his
talented prime

As Willy he cracked me up
Such a goof but loving guy
His presence on YOU CAN"T DO THAT
ON TELEVISION
Made such comical sense
The moment I watched him
My belly rolled hence

Didn't matter in Canada
Where you went
Les Lye was a household name
And he would comment

His humour and wit
Charasmatic charm
Certainly did justice
And never did harm

Informative and entertaining
Yes, that was Les
That smile , those eyes, the voice
How could one forget
He's an icon in the Ottawa Valley
You bet

Even in his latter years
To family , friends and staff
Fans as well
We will remember
And embrace
His legacy
The Heartiest Laugh...

Copyright~ Jacki Hopper2009
Jacki Hopper
July 23, 2009
I joined the CFRA Team in 1965. On my first day, while meeting the Staff, I met Les in the Station Library. He was preparing his program for the following Day. "You must be the new Kid on the Block"? Do a good job here, said Les, and you'll stay a long time.
I stayed 30 Years. I'll miss you Les.
Don Leger
July 23, 2009
Dearest Jonni and family:
Our deepest condolences ...

We will never see a finer gentleman, a more loving husband, a super father, easily the funniest grandpa and such a terrific guy... We all loved him and remember him fondly ... An impossible ACT to follow, a true friend to all who came in contact with him ... Creative, clever, honest, sharp, and easily, the funniest man I have ever worked with.. A genuine good friend...

Rest in peace - Gentle Soul !!!
Peter and Susan McAllister
July 23, 2009
My fondest memories will be
remembering Mr. Lye/Floyd and his
endless hours with CFRA.
My prayers are with his family
at this time.
Denyse Baizana
July 23, 2009
My condolences;

Les was very special, there was never a false note with him.
I always looked forward to catching up on things with him in the many years that our paths crossed at CJOH. I will miss him.

Howard Kaplan
Howard Kaplan
July 23, 2009
I have fond memories of Mr. Lye watching the Willie and Floyd Show as a child and seeing their shows at live performances. Later in life watching him entertain another generation on “You Can't Do That On Television”( Barf was a hilarious character), a show often copied but never duplicated. He was a great talent that brought great joy to many ages. He will be missed.
Stephen Stille
July 23, 2009
I am a fan of the double entendre and Les Lye was the master - Uncle Willy & Floyd was the perfect vehicle for his genius - my kids would laugh and I would laugh - two different interpretations of the the same thing - pure genius. His brilliance will carry on in his beloved Sophie & Jack.
Maggie McCarthy
July 23, 2009
Daralyn.
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was a great man and wonderfull father.
Laurie Atkinson
July 23, 2009
Les Lye was instantly likeable, a rare gift. Never knew him personally, but always felt I did. In the U.S. he would have been a major star - glad he was among us for so many years. Well done, Les!
Joe Flannigan
July 23, 2009
to the lye family
i have many happy memories of les lye and his shows-------he was one of the good guys
sorry for ottawa's and the lye family's loss
john mclean
john mclean
July 23, 2009
Les provided me with so many great memories growing up in Ottawa. I'm sure he will be greatly missed by "fans" like me...but it is touching to read what a loving family man he was too. My please accept my condolences - Alan Muir, Parkinson Society Ottawa.
Alan Muir
July 23, 2009
My children spent a lot of their young lives watching you on T.V. and I must admit I watched you too. Thank you for many fond memories. Willy & Floyd will live forever in our memories.
Thank you.
Ruth Baird
July 23, 2009
Witty and kind! My deepest condolences to the family. I had the honour of meeting Les when I was a guest on the Uncle Willy and Floyd show at the age of 9. Truly a gifted man.

Renfrew On
July 23, 2009
Em, William, Sophie and Jack - please accept my deepest sympathies.

Em - take comfort in knowing how your father brought laughter to so many. He was a part of all our childhood and teen years, thanks to "Willie & Floyd" and "You Can't Do That On Television." Thank you Mr. Lye.
Angie D'Elia
July 23, 2009
Les was a generous person throughout his life. His heart was large. His humor contagious. To those fortunate to have known him, he will leave a special place in our hearts for remembering this special, special person.
nanci lye stokes
July 23, 2009
You provided so many of us with laughter,and crazy humour..you will be sorely missed on the Ottawa scene..rest in peace.
George Pearson
July 23, 2009
To the Lye family...
you don't now me, but i was a "big fan" of Les's, way back in the Willy and Floyd days,,i am truely sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all today, he was a very funny man, he will be missed.
Cindy Demers
July 23, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
July 23, 2009
First you made us laugh and laugh at all your antics. Now, you've made us cry. You will be missed. Thanks for the memories.
A Fan Big Time
July 23, 2009
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