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Kenneth Lyle

Nov 24th 1948 — Aug 2nd 2023 (74 years)


Born in Toronto, the first boy and third child, in a full house on Palmerston Gardens, with sisters Elizabeth, Karen, Colleen and finally Ralph. Kenny came of age in the late 1960s. As a creative and enterprising guy, he took full advantage of the culture and spirit of the time. In keeping with that, Ken had an ear for music, an eye for colour and design, and a heart for adventure. His twenties were filled with fun and adventure as he travelled Europe and built a network of friends and memories that would last a lifetime. He kept many mementos of his journeys to remind himself and to the delight of anyone who would hear his many stories from the era.

Kenny met the love of his life in childhood, Debra Frances Ann Jordan, and they ultimately married in 1976. In 1977, Ryan William Lyle was born and in 1979 they completed their family with their second son James Edward Hamilton Lyle. He always encouraged his sons to pursue the things they loved and took great pride in all of their accomplishments, sports, drama, academics and more. They set up a home in Toronto and had many happy years together but sadly, as the trials and tribulations of life took over, they went their separate ways. Kenny moved to Mississauga, continued along his creative path, and found his calling as a palette alchemist, a much sought-after specialist. He worked at Dougall Decor in Toronto for 30+ years and eventually moved on to Paint Colours Unlimited. He had great friends and loved a night out at the local Pub to close out a day.

He had enduring respect and love for his parents and spent many a weekend throughout their retirement sharing time with them in Bobcaygeon and he even took a trip to visit the snowbirds in South Carolina. The family was always central to Kenny, which was a relief because left to his own devices he would have caused the endangerment of all fish species for miles around. He was the catalyst for every niece and nephew and grandchild to catch their first fish, and there are pictures he would proudly show to prove it. Later in life, Ken was enthralled with his duties as Pop Pop, to Darwyn and Damian and had a growing list of lessons that he hoped to pass along, from fishing and stargazing to the wonders of reading. He also made great efforts to share his love of music with them by playing the harmonica and keyboard but was not always prepared to tolerate the freestyle sound of this new generation of burgeoning musicians.

Ken was pre-deceased by his parents (Thelma Lyle (nee Scarborough) and Ralph Hamilton Lyle), Debra Frances Ann Jordan, and Graham Gardner (nephew). He is survived by his son Ryan Lyle and spouse Stella (children Damian and Darwyn), son James Lyle, and siblings, Elizabeth Lyle (nieces Heather Staicesku and Holly Gardner), Karen Drysdale (niece Tammy Lyle-Gravlev), Colleen Leonard (spouse, Richard, nephews Tim and Patrick Leonard), and Ralph Lyle (spouse, Pililia Savedia-Lyle) and countless cousins and friends.

As per his wishes, a celebration of life will be held on August 26th, 2023.


Dad's last fishing trip, summer of 2021
Pop Pop telling the boys a story.
Ken with 2 week old son, Ryan
Dad with his sons, James and Ryan.
At his wedding.
Always looking for the big one.

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