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RIP: June Doyle, 1934-2019

The Canadian MI industry was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of June Doyle, the longtime and widely-loved Western Canadian sales rep for D’Addario Canada. She passed in a fatal car crash on Nov. 16, 2019, at the age of 85.

June was born in Cold Lake, AB in 1934 and is survived by her children Jacqueline Doyle (David Baerg) and Michael Doyle (Angela), granddaughter Amanda, grandson Liam, granddaughter Mackenzie Maxwell, and brother Jack Doyle.

Prior to her life in the Canadian MI industry, June served with the Canadian Air Force from 1955 to 1960, and has been involved with the NDP party since 1968. An animal lover, she was a great supporter of PETA, the SPCA, and WWF.

A memorial service will be held for June at 1 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 30th, 2019 at Henderson’s Funeral Home. Memorial donations can be made to the diabetes Society in June’s name.

On June’s obituary page, a number of her friends and colleagues have shared their heartfelt tributes.

“June was a very special woman, Liked by so many in the music industry; she was an icon. Such a delightful person who always had a smile and greeted everyone with so much respect and understanding,” wrote John Daddario, Jr. “Knowing her was an absolute honor. She was dedicated, hard-working, considerate, and possessed a special way about her. She will be missed and certainly remembered by many. Rest in peace.”

D’Addario Canada President Arnold Davidson wrote: “We at D'Addario Canada are heartbroken at the sad, tragic loss of a wonderful, special person, June Doyle. The large number of condolences we have received from dealers and friends, or should I say extended family as they called themselves, only shows and confirms what a special, wonderful, caring individual, mother, grandmother, and road warrior June was. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to June's family and may you all be blessed with her wonderful memories. This icon of our Canadian music industry will be sadly missed. We love you June.”

Rob Gooding, an Eastern Canada rep for D’Addario, added: “I will miss my long road conversations with June about the environment, politics, and the state of the music industry. Some of my best memories of time spent with June are from the NAMM trade show in Anaheim, California. By the end of the show we would have free time where we could just sit and watch the people go by. The rock stars, the used-to-be's, the could-have-been's, and the just-might-be's. The fashions, the piercings, the tattoos, and the inevitable question: ‘What does a person need to do to get noticed around here?’ Despite being exhausted at that point, we could always laugh at that. June was an icon and a trailblazer in the Canadian music industry. I can remember many times waking up on a winter morning on a day where I was scheduled to set out on a road trip. With a questionable forecast and grey skies threatening bad weather I would ask myself: 'What would June do?' June was one of the most down-to-Earth, real people I've ever known and I will miss her very much. My sincerest condolences to June's family and friends.”

Ray Verrall, a veteran independent rep for companies including Levy's Leathers, Larrivée Guitars, Audio Distribiutors International, and Blaze Music, among others, reached out to CMT with the following tribute:

"November 18th wasn't a good day for me when I heard the news of June Doyle's passing. We first met over 30 years ago when I was a retail buyer
and she was my rep for Canadian Musical Services. June was like a dog on a bone when it came to selling and she really knew the product. She was as passionate about her sales as she was about the environment and politics and I was proud to call her my friend even though, as her brother Jack once told me: "June can be a bit crusty at times." She lived to travel Western Canada, visiting dealers on a schedule that put all of us on the wholesale side of the desk to shame. June was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. May she rest in peace."

For more information about the memorial service and where to make donations in June’s memory, go HERE.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Music Trade. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.