Bakers Journal

In memory of Mel Boles

September 23, 2011
By Peter Scholtes

mel_boles_2September 23, 2011, Toronto – Melvin Boles, better known as "Mel", passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 12 in his 95th year.

A very enthusiastic member of the bakery industry, he served on the executive of the Bakery Production Club of Ontario as secretary and made sure that every member was notified of the various events.  When the Bakery Production Club became the Ontario Chapter of the Baking Association of Canada, he remained very active. Mel was also a member of the Canadian Pastry Chefs Guild and enjoyed attending their meetings.

He became involved with the bakery industry when he worked at Griffiths Laboratories baking department at the time they were baking special bread for their crouton production. Since much of this bread production was sourced out, he spent a lot of time in other bakeries where he made many friends due to his good natured character.  He eventually went to George Brown College to become the instructor for the theory portion of the baking program.  He enjoyed working with students and he had a unique way to connect with them. His calm approach to teaching and his know-how made him well-liked by students and colleagues alike.


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