In Celebration of

Alexander Carlyle

April 8, 1922 -  August 2, 2022

Alexander Charles Carlyle passed away peacefully in his 101st year, in his Toronto family home of more than half a century on the sunny summer morning of August 2, 2022.

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, April 8, 1922, Alex – commonly known as “Ace” – was the third eldest of four sons.

Alex is survived by his wife of 26 years, Pearl Gay; daughters Anne Carlyle (Sean Moore) of Ottawa and Beverly Carlyle (Bruce Adams) of Stratford, son David Carlyle of Grand Forks B.C. and four grandchildren Lindsay Sinardi and Kimberly Sinardi of Toronto, Seamus Carlyle and Iona Carlyle of Grand Forks, BC.

Alex was predeceased by his first wife Joy (Glashan) Carlyle; his parents, David Poole Carlyle, and Annie (Sang) Carlyle; his beloved step-mother Mabel (Groom) Carlyle; and brothers, Gordon, Harold and Weldon.

Though Alberta-born, Alex was raised in the West Point Gray neighbourhood of Vancouver. A star athlete and excellent student at Lord Byng High School, he worked part-time in the Davey Shipyards until enlisting in the armed forces during the second world war, graduating as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Following the war, at the University of British Columbia, Alex earned a mechanical engineering degree while serving as captain of the UBC Thunderbirds varsity rugby team – where young A.C Carlyle earned the nickname, Ace.

Marrying his high school sweetheart, Joy Glashan, they started their life together in Kingston where the young engineer had his first professional job with CIL Inc. (which later became, for the next 37 years, DuPont of Canada.) Alex and Joy grew their family as he managed various DuPont facilities and divisions in Kingston, Brockville, Montreal and Toronto.

Ace is remembered as a wonderful, caring, unflappable father to his three children; at his 100th birthday t-shirts were printed up, festooned with his lessons and lines that spoke to his positive. entirely dependable, wise and loveable character; “Don’t make mountains out of molehills”.

Until he was in his early 90s, Alex remained in remarkable physical shape. Strong and lean, he was an avid and accomplished golfer; he loved his time at St. George’s Golf Club in Etobicoke.

Joy passed away in 1988, as the couple were preparing to enjoy retirement following a busy family and work life.

At a DuPont Retiree Christmas party, Alex reconnected with a former office colleague, Pearl Gay, and it was the beginning of a loving and mutually supportive partnership. Pearl has been a vital part of the Carlyle Family for decades now and a faithful caregiver during the several years of Alex’s decline.

The family wishes to extend its thanks and appreciation for the excellent and loving personal support and medical care Alex received from Gladys Diaz, Doris Oppong, Nikki Sekinat, Dr. Stephen Ross, and the palliative care team at Etobicoke General Hospital.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the Fall that extended family, neighbours and friends will be welcomed to attend.


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Gail Jaseliunas (Friend and Neighbor)

Entered August 5, 2022 from Toronto

Wonderful friend and Neighbor..Joe and I met Alec the day we moved into our home over 25 years ago.
Alec was there to great us ., with his wonderful wife Pearl.
He will forever be remembered for his smile and kindness.
He will be missed.
Joe ,Gail and Erica Jaseliunas

Donald Scott (Family friend of years ago)

Entered August 8, 2022 from Mississauga, Ontario

Dear Anne and Bev

Kindly accept my heartfelt sympathy. Your father was a pleasure to meet, and with your late mother Joy, your home on Waterford Drive in Etobicoke was warm, welcoming and always positive. I can picture in my mind your father sitting in the famous director chair in the den off of the kitchen.

The years have passed too quickly. However, I am a part tine Funeral Director [after 46 years] at Turner & Porter, hence I saw your father's notice at work.

There is so much to chat about! PLEASE let me know when the Memorial Celebration takes place; and give my regards to David also.

Fondly, and with love.

Carol Pasternak (I was his fitness trainer)

Entered September 12, 2022 from Toronto

Alex was such a joy to work with and talk to. He greeted me with a cheerful 'Welcome' every time I walked in. His sports prowess was evident; no one could kick a balloon like he could. And he could follow complicated instructions to the letter, no doubt from his sports and military training. I loved to hear his stories. I did not once hear him complain; he was always cheerful. What a guy. Smiling until the end.

Judy Abramsohn (Friends with his wonderful children)

Entered October 1, 2022 from Pennsylvania, Us

So sad but so wonderful a life Ace made for himself and his family.
101 and being loved everyday until the end. It doesn't get much better than that.
My love to Pearl and his children.

Derek Scott (Friend)

Entered October 4, 2022

There is much I will remember of Alex, but I think the most was the twinkle in his eye while he gave me a strong strong handshake.
He was blessed to be surrounded by so much love, . . .


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