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Robert "Bob" Taylor

19 March, 193910 May, 2021
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TAYLOR, Robert Brian

On May 10th, 2021, the Taylor family lost a husband, father and grandfather to cancer. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Beryl. Bob was a treasured father to Andrew & Sally, father-in-law to Noella and Paul, brother to Brenda, and a loving Papa to Shawn, Jaclyn, Dylan, Maddy and Robert. Bob worked most of his career at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Late in his career, he also worked around the world on issues of nuclear safety through the United Nations.

In his final days Bob shared reflections with family. He told us all that taking care of the people you love is the most important thing. He told us to always try to do what is right, even when it is difficult. He told us to try our best to see the end of his life as a natural part of the cycle of life - a valuable experience that could make us stronger and wiser. He said. “Try not to be too sad, but try to carry on the traditions that we have established: Integrity, Honesty. Kindness.”

Visitation will take place on Sunday May 16 from 4 to 8 pm. At the Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King St. W. Oshawa. Please access the following link to reserve a time slot (no phone in reservations please). All COVID protocols will be adhered to. Masks are required and guests will be screened at the door.

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A Family Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday May 17th at 1 pm. The service will be Livestreamed and recorded using the following link.

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a memorial donation to PLAN International or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Bob Wheller

23 May 2021

So sorry to the sad news of Bob’s passing. He was wonderful person to speak with, mostly because he listened. He was very decent chap and we will always remember him that way. Kind regards Bob and Jane Wheller

Nancy Maxwell

21 May 2021

I was so sorry to hear the sad news that Bob had passed way.
Thinking of you and your family at this time and I send my my most sincere sympathy .
Nancy Maxwell

Jo Thackeray

17 May 2021

It's hard to put into words what a wonderful man Bob Taylor was and how kind & caring Bob was to his friends.
My most recent and significant memory of Bob was how thoughtful and kind he was to me and my husband Bob, when my Bob was unwell. Bob Taylor would come up every Thursday morning and sit with Bob while I had a couple of hours to go out and do my thing. Once my husband passed away, Bob was also a Mr. Fix-it to me and alot of friends who had lost their husbands.
I cherish all the wonderful times the four of us have shared over 50 years. Friends come into your life. Some stay and some go. We were blessed to have Bob & Beryl stay in our lives. Forever grateful!

Steven Taylor

17 May 2021

For the Uncle I wish I had known better.
I remember my only visit to Canada with my Grandad and brother, many years ago when I was only 15 and Uncle Bob took me to a rugby match in Oshawa.
Many beers later Auntie Beryl had to turn up to get us back home. I don't recall whether I was allowed more than one, but I am certain Uncle Bob did.

You will never be forgotten

Steve.

Philip Bull

17 May 2021

We were so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was Phil’s boss at Pickering and steered him to gain a licence. A first for someone from maintenance. He also nudged Phil to INPO after which they worked on some UN projects together.
We visited Bob and Beryl in Vienna and they came to visit us when we returned to the UK.
Beryl and family our thoughts are with you please accept our sincerest condolences.
Phil & Gill

NIck & Yvette Taylor

17 May 2021

We were very sad to here the news and our thoughts are with you at this time, unfortunately we haven`t been able to spend more time in Canada, I can remember Bob taking me up in a plane when i was young, ( it was very loud and a bit scary) and spending the summer there with grandad and my brother Steve, and playing a lot of pingpong with Steve, we must have driven you all crazy!
the Taylor Brothers will live on through the stories Tony past on to Paul, Steve, and me and i am sure they will be together looking down on us all having a few beers somewhere.
Love and best wishes Nick, Yvette, Lee, Jay and Jordan.

Peter Byer

16 May 2021

We feel so blessed to have known Bob since the early seventies. and to have been a part of so many memorable occasions with him, his family, and his circle of amazing friends. He was a huge presence at the annual Christmas Tree Cutting, numerous badminton and tennis club dinner/ dances , skiing at Blue Mountain, the infamous games and dart nights, and many other events. He loved to share his passion of sailing and power boating with us and others. Bob, you will always be in our thoughts and hearts and will be sadly missed.

Clare and Peter Byer

Natalia Breuss

16 May 2021

Though I’ve met Bob ( a grandfather of my son-in-law ) just a few years ago on the family Thanksgiving, his welcoming, kind, caring and at the same time, strong personality made me feel as if I have known him all my life.
Bob shared with me his memories about the former USSR that he visited as a member of the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission. I was lost in admiration of his dedication to his duties and his professionalism.
I will never forget Bob’s gracious conducting of Olga’s and Shawn’s wedding, his sense of humor, and his vivid personality.
I feel the loss very deeply and will always keep memories of Bob in my heart.

Olga Perron

16 May 2021

Bob showed me that the bonds we make are the most precious parts of life.
He lived with conviction and passion, surrounded by people who love him. I keep him in my heart and honor his memory by cherishing my family and those rare friends who make life shine.

Thank you for bringing us all together,
Olga

Cal Gillies

15 May 2021

To the Taylor family:

It is with great sadness that I learned of Bob's passing. I first met Bob when he was the Operating Superintendent of Pickering B, during the commissioning of Units 7 and 8. In my interactions with him at that time, I knew that I was working with a special person. Demanding, but always fair and encouraging. The respect that he had garnered throughout the station is demonstrated by the mobility device made for him by the Maintenance organization to travel the hallways of the plant, after he had torn his Achilles tendon during an athletic event.

I had the pleasure of working under Bob's Team Leadership of several peer evaluations, including the endeavour in Lithuania to support the Ignalina nuclear plant after the Chernobyl event, He reinforced in all of us the importance of assuring high standards of performance. After returning to Pickering, having worked 10 years in the USA nuclear industry, Bob was one of the first to welcome me back. He was a powerful mentor and reliable supporter to me throughout my time there. I will never forget him.

Please accept my sincerest condolences.
Cal Gillies