Memorial for Clyde Street pirate on Friday

A memorial service was held Friday for a well-known Halifax man, Chris Doyle, who was a prominent figure outside the Clyde Street liquor store. He died on the weekend from a heart attack.

By Paula Sanderson

A memorial service was held Friday for a well-known Halifax man, Chris Doyle, who was a prominent figure outside the Clyde Street liquor store. He died on the weekend from a heart attack.

Many remember Doyle for his trademark eye patch and white beard — having affectionately dubbed him the “Clyde Street pirate”. He was often seen sitting in front of the store handing out cards in exchange for money.

External links
Spacing Atlantic’s story on Doyle
The Coast’s story on Doyle
Chronicle Herald story on Doyle

Vicki Jeha grew up in Halifax and remembers him fondly. “He’s been around Halifax for pretty much my entire life,” she says, “You kind of liked seeing him around.”

In high school, Jeha worked at the McDonald’s on Spring Garden Road and saw Doyle often. “He would come in every day, he always got a large caramel latte,” she says, “And every single time without fail, he would grab my hand and roar at me.”

Doyle went to the School for the Deaf in Halifax and the Interprovincial School for the Deaf in Amherst.

He was also a past president of the Truro Deaf Association and taught American Sign Language in Truro.

Doyle is survived by two daughters, Lisa Sandy and Tanya Gradet.