Grant Frederic Styles, (aka: Mr. Polite, The General, Reverend, FlyingEagle1939)
Grant’s waking life unexpectedly came to a sudden halt in Kelowna on Saturday April 2, 2011 as a result of a heart attack. He was 5 days shy of turning 72 years young.
Grant was born April 7, 1939 in Winnipeg. At the age of six his family moved to Calgary where he spent the majority of his school age years. A brief stint at college in California was followed by time with the Bank of Montreal in Banff and then nearly 20 more years in Calgary as a stock broker and later lumber merchant. He was married to Arlene for 13 years and had three children; Shane, Shannon and Kim. The Styles moved to Kelowna in 1977, purchasing and operating Beacon Beach Resort (now Manteo). In 1989 Grant joined Jim Nixon and partners in resurrecting the famed Hotel Eldorado, floating it to, and subsequently rebuilding it on its current site. Grant was very proud of the “El” and spent the balance of his career serving the hotel in any way necessary.
He was a true character and touched many with his proud and positive outlook on life: never-ending thoughts, facts and opinions, extreme love of motorcycles and welcoming good- natured style. His warm and gregarious personality was a favourite of people around him and he made many friends easily no matter the situation.
He was proud of his membership in AA and nearly 50 years of sobriety and relished the opportunity to hand a Road Check officer his business card which read: “Don’t Drink, Go to Meetings, Sleep in the Nude, Mind Your Own Business, The First Three are Easy.”
Predeceased by his parents Bill and Florence, he is survived by his children Shane (Marla), Shannon (Al) and Kim; grandchildren Finn and Layla; his aunt Doris “Doll” Styles; sister Diane (Jack) Fotheringham; nieces and nephews Jodi Fotheringham, Lori (Fred) Greig, Jeff (Janine) Fotheringham, Nancy Fotheringham and; many, many good friends.
A party will be held in Grant’s honor at 3:30pm this Sunday, April 10th, at the Hotel Eldorado.
Recently Grant’s life had been positively influenced by the local chapter of CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project) and as a result we would kindly ask that expressions of sympathy be made by a donation to the local chapter. Please send cheque payable to “Kelowna CHIP” 793 Westpoint Drive, Kelowna BC, V1W 2Z4. For more information please visit www.kelownachip.com or call Larry at 250-764-8638.