Charles L. Guiles, a former South Pasadena chief of police, died Thursday at VA Medical Center at Bay Pines after a long illness. He was 65.
His former wife, Betsy, said he started with the South Pasadena Police Department as a patrolman in the early 1960s and rose through the ranks. He became acting chief of police in August 1968 and police chief shortly after. Later he worked at the Redington Beach Police Department.
Born in Union, N.J., he came here in 1958 from Newark, N.J. While in New Jersey, he was the bandleader of a five-piece combo known as Charles L. Guiles and the Blue Jackets.
During the Korean War, he served in the Army. He also played in its band.
Survivors include two daughters, Winona Vigari, St. Petersburg, and Crystal Dennington, Pinellas Park; a son, John Guiles, Pinellas Park; a brother, Edward, Fort Myers; two grandchildren, Cory Dennington, Pinellas Park, and Dominic Vigari, St. Petersburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4900 54th Ave. N, where a service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.