George Craigie Taylor
January 8, 1928 – August 5, 2020
TAYLOR, George C. Peacefully at Lakeridge Health – Oshawa on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 at 92 years of age. George is now reunited with his beloved wife Patricia and his son Robert. He leaves to mourn, his children Craig and his wife Lynda, Pam and her husband Doug Noonan and David. Cherished grandfather of Alicia (Dale), Daniel, Matthew, Julia and Charlie. George will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews throughout Ontario, his extended family from his hometown of Dundee, Scotland and family throughout the United Kingdom. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West, (905-721-1234) on Monday, August 10th, from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 p.m. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 11th at ST. MARY OF THE PEOPLE PARISH (570 Marion Street, Oshawa). Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations to SickKids Foundation or United Way Durham would be appreciated.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Private Family Mass of Christian Burial, Interment Resurrection Catholic Cemetery
George Craigie Taylor
August 10, 2020
Dear Pam and Family,
"Those we love can never be more than a thought away..for as long as there's a memory they live in our hearts".
The Tribute Video is a beautiful love story of your family's life with your Dad and Mum and Robert. George is with his bonnie wee lass and Robert now. May they rest in Peace 🙏❤
It was a blessing to know George. I remember him saying each time we said "cheerio" he would say "if I don't see you through the week
I'll see you through the window".
George looks so peaceful...I was very touched when his Veteran friend placed a poppy on his jacket lapel. ❤
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you today.
Gerry and Linda Monaghan xx
August 10, 2020
Dave, Pam and Craig, sorry to hear about George's passing. I always liked George, corney jokes and all. All my best. Stay strong. J.Kelly.
August 9, 2020
To my dear cousins
I will always cherish the wonderful memories that we shared with your family growing up together in our families homes as kids.
Uncle George always could make a room of darkness light up with his infectious laugh and jokes. He gave me the desire to always better myself and to love my friendships as he had a huge love for our family
I'll always remember him for his "Why did the chicken cross the road "joke, that would have me laughing till I would almost cry! I would often tell friends and work colleagues about my wonderful uncle that could make you laugh before the punch line of jokes . I also modelled my work ethic after him. Uncle George had a profound influence on me as a kid and even today. I can still hear his voice with that Scottish lilt that probably sell anything to anybody!
I am truly sorry for your loss but I find comfort to feel that our parents are all together again, enjoying a we drink on Friday afternoon when he would just drop by to visit. I always thought that it was a random visit but I look back and think it was always planned that way. My hope for you all is that you find comfort for a life well lived and loved by everyone he met
Sincerely Richard Stevenson
August 8, 2020
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were both lovely people. They were both always smiling and had a joke to tell.
George played golf with my dad George McMillan. My dad thought the world of him.
I’m sure they are up in heaven sharing a wee dram.
Our deepest sympathies to all of you from the McMillan family.
August 7, 2020
Craig, Pam, David and family, so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of both your Mom and Dad and of course my first boyfriend Robert. Remembering those times makes me smile. Such good hearts! Always a kind word and smiles. Trust your memories will give you comfort at this time. Take care.
George was born in Dundee, Scotland on January 8, 1928. Married to his wife Patricia (deceased Sept 2017) for 64 years
How do you sum up 92 years?
George was always a hard worker, at the age of 14 he began an apprenticeship as an upholster and at the age of 17 joined the British Army. He trained as an paratrooper in Dover England. A few years after the war, he fell in love with a lovely young lass Patricia (Thomas) .. Sept 1953 they were married and soon after set sail across the Atlantic.. They traveled to Timmins to stay with Pat's sister Kay and brother-in -law Bert. Unfortunately, there was no work for George, so they soon traveled to Ajax to stay with George's cousins, Mary and Ross Stevenson. it wasn’t long and George found work in his trade as an upholster in Oshawa.
Soon after George and Pat settled in Oshawa, and baby made three. The family of 3 were fortunate enough to be apart of the new and upcoming co-op Sherwood Park), established by Father Lawlor and thanks to their dear friends Kay and Harold Hopkins
The co-op was the future of a new life for many young families. Neighbours became life long friends in the co-op.
Within a few years their 1st son Craig was joined by a bouncing baby brother Robert, (deceased Feb 2017)
George and Pat where soon blessed with 2 more bundles of joy, Pamela (Noonan) and David.
The couple were always there to make sure the lives of their children were full and happy, despite some very difficult times the family endured.
They had great summers in their backyard. It became the hub of their summer celebrations, family and friends spent many a summers enjoying the backyard pool. During the cold months George loved to make his famous Scotch broth. It was a weekly ritual. The pot of soup never lasted long.
George was the life of the party for all celebrations or any room he entered. He had a knack for telling a joke. No one could compete with his endless array of jokes and stories. Many tried, but he was the king.
George and Pat where blessed with 5 grandchildren: Alicia, Daniel, Matthew, Julia and Charlie. They were very involved in their activities from school, sporting events and music recitals. They made every effort to ensure they were involved with each grandchild.
George loved to golf, not only the sport, but the social aspect of it. He played in a golf league from the Tartan Tavern. Nothing would keep him from missing a round with his fellow Tartan Tavern members. He always had a little extra to add to your morning coffee when you were teeing off and maybe a refill during the round. His golf bag packed a bunch.
George was a salesman in the late 60's for Allstate and later became a Liquor salesman till he retired in 1994
He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Knights of Columbus, Kinsmen Club and the Moose Lodge.
After loosing his wife Pat and son Robert, it was time for George to sell his home of 60 plus years and move into Cedar Croft a Retirement Villa in Oshawa. He was fortunate to have lived his last 2 years there. The care and compassion, shown by the staff will never be forgotten by George's family. They took excellent care of him, especially during these difficult crazy Covid times. His family was blessed knowing he was properly cared for when they could not see him.
George's motto was “soldier on, never look back, always look to the future and keep your faith.”
When people have been sharing their thoughts of George, the same message is repeated to his children: he was a great guy, he always made me laugh, I loved your dad.
What a way to be remembered.
He had few regrets in those 92 years, as he once or twice famously said, if I had of known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself… but he always saw the sunny side of things.
He touched many a heart and a few funny bones!