19 Aug In Memoriam: Edmond “Eddie” Creed, 1921-2015
It is with sympathy and great respect that we acknowledge the passing of Edmond Creed, or ‘Eddie’ as he was known. Mr. Creed passed away on August 12, 2015, at the age of 94. He was instrumental in bringing the best designer fashions from Europe to Canada via storied luxury retailer Creeds, which operated in Toronto for 75 years until 1991.
Mr. Creed transformed the family fur business into a 35,000 square foot women’s luxury department store, introducing Canada to some of the world’s top brands for the first time. Featuring a streetfront entrance of 45 Bloor Street West within the Manulife Centre complex (now occupied by William Ashley), Creeds also pioneered the shop-in-store concept in Canada. By the late 1980’s, Creeds featured shop-in-stores for brands such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Kors, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Dior and Emanuel Ungaro. Cosmetics, fragrances, accessories, jewellery, gifts, footwear and furs were also prominently featured in the stunning two-level store.
Mr. Creed met his wife of 67 years, Edie, while she worked in the women’s gloves department at his store. Mr. Creed later helped Edie’s brother, Isadore Sharp, found the Four Seasons Hotels chain — now considered to be one of the world’s top hotel brands. Mr. Creed co-founded the Nancy Greene Ski League in 1968, and became friends with Olympic gold-medal equestrian Eric Lamaze. Following the closure of his store, Mr. Creed played golf well into his retirement, and spent winters in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Creed passed away peacefully at his home in Schomberg, Ontario, with his family by his side. He is survived by is wife of 67 years, Edie, his children Simone, Jack, Tommy, Wendy, Dodie, and Donna, as well as 23 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.