It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Monsignor Frederick (Fred) Miles, who died on Monday 6th April 2020.
Fred was born on 13 December 1925 and was in Douglass between 1939 and 1944, and then Allen Hall until 1950 when he was ordained priest at the College by Cardinal Bernard Griffin.The Edmundian
magazine of 1967 contained the following tribute:Fr Miles joined the school staff in September 1953, coming from Cambridge with an English degree and a legendary reputation as a centre three-quarter. From the first it was evident that the keynote of Fr Miles's teaching would be a policy of "thorough". Everything that he did, and his activities ranged wide, was done efficiently, whether it was marking preps, coaching rugger, mastering the bass line in the choir or training altar-servers. From 1949–1966 Fr Miles coached the 1st XV ; never to be put off by lack of success due to a dearth of promising material, he maintained his enthusiasm to the end and inspired it in the boys. In the summer he transferred that enthusiasm first to junior cricket and in 1964, to tennis. When he took over the task of instructing altar servers he insisted on the highest standards and he can be said to have established a tradition, in this respect, which will live on. In 1960 Fr Miles took over Challoner House and showed the same industry and conscientiousness in this activity as in others. In December 1966 he was appointed Secretary to His Eminence the Cardinal (Heenan).
He served as a Governor of St Edmund’s between 1984 and 1989.
Mgr Miles was a Patron of The Edmundian Association and was a regular attender at St Edmund’s Sunday and the 40s-50s-60s Reunions until recent years. He published his light-hearted memories entitled Milestones
Monsignor Miles died on Monday 6th
May he rest in peace.