Our beloved Captain passed away last Friday after a short illness.  He died as he lived; quietly, with dignity, and surrounded by the people he loved most in the world.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jane, his brother Ernie & his sister-in-law Kathy, his daughters Karen, Heather (Mitchell) and Alison (Chris), grandchildren – Danielle, Jillian, Kali Jane, John, Alice, Eric Edward, Zuzu, & Florence, niece Tanis, nephew Alan(Cheetal), and many more beloved family members and friends.

Ed was born to Ernest and Edith Carley in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The family came to Victoria in 1952. His childhood memories included Scouting, hockey, and waterskiing.

Ed kept a lifelong log of his flights as a commercial airline pilot from 1963 until his retirement in 2004. Throughout his career, he was proud to fly with the Victoria Flying Services, Pacific Western Airlines, Canadian Airlines, and finally Air Canada.

Ed and Jane married in 1967 and moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta in 1971 where they raised their family.  He was a devoted husband and father who built backyard skating rinks, doll furniture & playhouses. He repaired sports equipment, tea sets, and bruised knees.  As a family, they skied, skated, fished, camped, travelled, and more.

In 1992 Ed and Jane moved back to Victoria. In his retirement, he became Captain of their boat, the Dunfly’n and they spent many hours together on the waters of the Salish Sea.  He valued his memberships with the Royal Canadian Legion, Capital City Yacht Club and the BC Aviation Museum.  He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed reading history, and followed politics closely.  He had a cheeky sense of humour and was always sending a new cartoon or joke to family and friends.

He loved his grandchildren dearly and was generous with his time and wisdom.  He will be forever missed and always remembered.

The Funeral Service was conducted in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens by Reverend Hilde Seal from St. John’s United Church on June 2, 2021 at 2pm.

A recording of the service can be viewed by clicking the image below.

Tributes, if desired, may be offered to the Canadian Cancer Society https://www.cancer.ca/

Condolences and happy memories may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Marian Swan

    I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Please accept my condolences to Jane and all the family and friends. Ed was very well liked & respected by everyone who knew him. I had the pleasure of flying with Ed on many occasions out of YXD. Ed had a great personality and always talked lovingly about Jane & his family. I am lucky I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Ed!! May he RIP

  • Coral Gilbert

    Dearest Auntie Jane, Karen, Heather, Mitchell, Ali, Chris and all of the Carley family,

    I have a lifetime of memories of Ed thanks to my parents, Ron & Pam Vincent’s relationship with the Carley family. My mom became friends with Jane when they were young girls. I believe it was Jane’s parents & my grandparents who found each other first. None the less, the friendship grew & continued through life’s twists & turns, laughter & tears.
    Through the years, The Carley family became my family. Always welcoming with the best hugs & fun to be around. Ed & I shared a passion for aviation. I admired & respected him greatly for the loving husband he was to Jane and the devoted father & grandfather he was to his beautiful daughters & grandchildren. He was a man of great integrity, intellect, wisdom & wit. I loved him & will miss him. My heart goes out to you all during this very difficult time.
    Fly high, Captain Carley -aka Uncle Ed…and rest easy until we meet again.
    with much love from us all.
    Coral, Paul, Christopher, Marcus & Mitchell xoxoxoxoxo

  • Donna Miller

    Dear Jane and family.
    Trev and I send our love and condolences. The service was beautiful and the love you and Ed have for your family came through loud and clear. What wonderful memories you have, which hopefully fills you with comfort in this time of sorrow.

  • Gordon Wilson

    Our condolences to the Carley family.
    It is hard to believe that it is over thirty years since Ed and I flew together in Edmonton. It was such a pleasant day to fly with Ed that the eight landing days passed nicely with the “odd sense of humour time” along the way!
    May God comfort you all during this time of grieving.

    Emily & Gordon Wilson

  • Ellen Booth

    Dear Jane and family. We were devastated to hear the news about Ed. It’s seems like it was just the other day that we we visiting at CCYC. Our hearts go out to you.

    Ellen and Wayne Booth

  • Rebecca Barnett

    Condolences to Ed’s family. He was gentleman with a great sense of humour. Flew with Ed out of YXD/YEG. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Murray MacMurchy

    Surprised and very sorry to hear the news about Ed. Loved his sense of humour around aviation topics over a beer at VIPERS. Would run into him at McDonalds in Sidney early in the morning where he would be with his boating buddies. Sorry to miss the service. Condolences to Jane and the whole family. Bye for now Ed.

  • doug and laura scheelar

    Dear Jane and Family,

    We were so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He had a special spirit that is going to live on through all of you.

    God Bless
    Doug and Laura

  • Ann Bidlock

    Dear Carley Family,

    You were a most fortunate family to have Ed as your husband and father. He was such a lovely man both on and off the aircraft. A calm person with a caring manner.
    We flew many trips together into the Arctic with PWA.
    He will be remembered with fondness.

    Ann Bidlock.

  • Margaret Ottewell

    Jane and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss my thoughts are with Jane
    at this difficult time.

  • Colleen Christman

    Jane and Family
    My heartfelt condolences to all of you. May sunshine and
    beautiful memories replace the heartache and loneliness
    your feeling now. Life is so fragile, but May all of you walk
    In peace knowing what a wonderful life you all shared with Ed.

    Love Colleen and family

  • Melbourne and Katherine CHECK CCYC

    We were sadden to read of the sudden passing of Ed. He was a gentleman and a friend to all of us who knew him. He will be missed.

  • Colm Egan

    Jane and family,
    We are so saddened by this news, Ed was the nicest of people to have had in our lives and was always a pleasure to work with. Our hugs to you all.
    Colm and Chrissie Egan

  • Christine C Smith

    Jane: my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ed was such a lovely human being and you two had a good life together. It is sad that he no longer is with us but I am glad he didn’t suffer for too long. May his memory bring you peace for a long time to come.

  • Lorraine Doxey

    To Jane and family, may you find peace in your memories. Sending you my prayers and thoughts at this time

  • Laurie Parsons

    Dear Mrs.Carley, Karen & family, Heather & family and Alison & family
    You have so many amazing memories of your husband/dad. I will always remember him as the dad of the street. When he wasn’t flying he was camping with us at Brownie camp, grade 6 camp or building garages and play houses. I will always remember sitting on the stairs at your back door before school and he was trying to teaching us how to spell Tuktoyaktuk! I still had to Google it just now!
    Hold your memories and family tight! Love you all
    Laurie Parsons

  • Glenn Kraeling

    Thoughts and prayers to you Jane and family. I had many enjoyable trips in YXD on the 737. Enjoyed playing hockey with him in Spruce Grove.

    Glenn & Margaret Kraeling

  • Jane Hantos

    Dear Jane and Family.
    Sincere condolences to All. I’ve known Ed since PWA days as part of the Flight Operations Team in Edmonton and later in Vancouver. He was a funny, competent, positive individual that brought so much to his family, friendships and career. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was one of the good guys and will be missed by many.

    Jane Hantos

  • Russ Lamb

    Hi Jane
    So sad to hear of the Ed’s passing.
    He and I worked long hours during contract negotiations and during the merger to form the Canadian Airlines pilot contract
    I will always remember his work ethic and his sense of humour. He was alway able to keep calm during challenging negotiations!
    Russ Lamb

  • Trudy Bennett

    Dear Jane and Family,
    I did not know Ed but I truly love him. Just listening to the stories about him, loving his favourite music, knowing he loved his family. Our hearts go out to all of you. Celebrate that which you shared. Try not to mourn what you have lost. He’s present in your fifty plus years of memories.
    Thank you for including your St. John’s family in this celebration.
    Love and prayers,
    Trudy and David

  • Fern Christensen

    Please accept our condolences and know that we are thinking of you all. We are heartbroken to hear about the loss of your Ed. Fern, Johnny, Avalon and Gabrielle.

  • Elinor Whitney-Griffiths

    Dear Jane, Karen, Ali and Chris, Heather, Mitchell and all the grandkids,
    Time heals a little – memories remain forever – may you all feel comfort in this. My heart is reaching out to you in sympathy and our wonderful friendship.
    I love Ed and I love all of you so much. He will be so missed.
    El, Janet and family

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