Gary Lawrence Miles, the former CEO of Rogers Radio, has died at the age 78. The obituary at the website of the Humphrey Funeral Home notes that his wife, Taanta Gupta, was at his side as were his sons Gary Lee, Galen and Vikram. They had all arrived in Toronto from Hong Kong, Winnipeg and Washington, D.C. a few days before Mr. Miles died. The obit goes on to say that the former radio announcer and broadcast executive wanted friends to remember him with a party. “Yes, a party (his words). It definitely will NOT be a Celebration of his Life. He didn’t like that phrase. But now that he’s gone, we can say anything we like. To that end, please come to the Queen’s Park Ballroom at the Park Hyatt on Avenue Road, Toronto on Saturday, March 18, 2017, 3 to 6 p.m. and ask for the Miles-Gupta Party. You’ll be very welcome.”
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The family thanked Dr. Bernie Gosevitz for his “tireless efforts” in ensuring that Gary’s last days received the kind of attention and care to which he had become accustomed since his marriage to (Taanta) (Not just her words, Gary’s too!)”. Gary Miles was born in Winnipeg and was a radio announcer there. He went on to become the general manager of stations in two markets, president of the Radio Bureau, vice-president of Selkirk Radio and president of Rogers Radio from 1994 to 2008, growing the company’s division from two to 52 stations. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research C/O Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospital Foundation.