CNRS Fellow Melvin Kyle dies at age 81

Melvin Kyle, a fellow of the Canadian Numismatic Research Society, died on Jan. 16.

Born on Nov. 17, 1936 in Miami, Man., Kyle was also an active member of the and a member of the Royal Canadian Numismatic AssociationOntario Numismatic Association (ONA), Canadian Association of Token Collectors and London Numismatic Society.

“He was a well-respected researcher, and collector from southwestern Ontario, who was known by many and will be missed by all,” wrote ONA President Scott Douglas in Volume 57 (March-April 2018) of The Ontario Numismatist.

Kyle previously worked at Fibreglass Canada in Sarnia and also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, with which he was stationed throughout Canada as well as Europe. In his early retirement years, he served with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires at the Coast Guard office in Sarnia.

“Mel will be remembered both in Canada and in the United States for not only his numismatic contributions but for his wonderful sense of humour, his honesty and pleasant personality. He was always ready to assist other collectors and unselfishly would make a part of his collections available to those who had a greater interest in a particular piece. Our highly respected friend will be sadly missed,” reads the memorial published in The Ontario Numismatist.

At Kyle’s request, there was no funeral service; however, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Foundation.

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