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John Thomas Taylor

September 3, 1920January 4, 2018

TAYLOR, John (Jack) Thomas Passed peacefully at Lakeridge Health Centre as he welcomed in his 98th new year - surrounded by his loving children David (Nancy), Katie (Neil), Joan and John (Sandra) and his devoted grandchildren Robin, Jacquelin (Greg), Chris, Mike (Krissy), Taylor, Kevan, Liam, Reid, Lucas and Madeline. Jack was predeceased by his beloved wife Adrienne, his beautiful son Christopher, his twin siblings Norma and Bill, and his “favourite” sister-in-law Pat. Jack was one of the greatest members of our country’s “greatest generation”. Born in 1920, he grew up an Irish Catholic teenager during the depression in Toronto. Like so many of his friends, he volunteered for the Canadian forces during World War II. Serving oversees until early 1946, he was a decorated soldier in the 8th and 30th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiments, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain. Jack was also an accomplished musician - playing the clarinet, the violin and the saxophone (and sometimes handling lead vocals) in a Toronto dance band. It was at an after hours house party - and a couple of drinks - that he met Adrienne (the evening’s baby sitter) in 1952. Jack loved to tell the story of how he searched high and low for her in the steno pool at Bell Canada knowing only her first name. He eventually found her, they fell in love, married in 1953, had five children and lived happily ever after for 57 years until Adrienne’s passing in 2010. Jack’s business career started in his teens, with an impressive 200 household multi-branded paper route in the Riverdale area of Toronto. After the war, he was quickly snapped up by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company where his legendary common sense and strong people skills saw him rise through the ranks, becoming Personnel Manager at Goodyear in New Toronto and eventually Personnel Manager and then Plant Manager at the special products plant in Bowmanville, Ontario. Jack was also a gifted athlete. Like so many young men, he was an avid hockey player, apparently qualifying to play for the Toronto Junior Marlies at age 15, but not able to follow through given the demands of his paper route! He took up tennis as well, and excelled at doubles - often entering the Canadian Open when it was held at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club - and claiming to have once “taken a set” from Canada’s Davis Cup team. In his adult life, Jack continued with his love for hockey, volunteering as a referee for the CYO in Oshawa and in tennis as a club doubles team member at both the Toronto Lawn and Oshawa Tennis Clubs. Jack was a man well loved throughout a life well lived. His gregarious personality, huge heart and fabulous sense of humour will be missed by all. The family would like to extend its most sincere thanks to the incredible women who have cared for Jack (and Adrienne) for over a decade, including Ann, Mayla, Indra, Arlene, Cathy, Rohini and Ro, among others! The family would also like to thank the outstanding nursing staff on 6C at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Oshawa who ensured that Jack’s final days were as peaceful and pleasant as possible. Jack’s family and friends will gather to celebrate his remarkable life at a future date. Anyone wishing to help honour Jack’s life is encouraged to make a donation to SickKids Hospital, where his son Christopher was so well cared for so many years ago. Arrangements entrusted to OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234).

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February 5, 2018

As a child of Holocaust Survivors I am so grateful for your service. Without such brave men we would have been extinguished. Thank you and rest in peace.

January 19, 2018

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of a great man who will always be remembered fondly for his wit and wisdom. Noel Coppins and family

Keri-Lee Durno

January 17, 2018

We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. We fondly remember what a truly fine and wonderful person he was. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.
Ken, Mary & Keri-Lee Durno

John & Sheena Cowan

January 11, 2018

Condolences to the whole Taylor family for the loss of Jack, your much loved leader. He and Adrienne always welcomed our unannounced arrival at the Beach, complete with sandals, towels, bathing suits, and kids! Lovely memories. With sympathy from the whole Cowan Family

Angela & David Webster

January 11, 2018

Our sincerest condolences to the entire Taylor Family.

David and Angela Webster

Ted Marie Merriman

January 8, 2018

We have so many wonderful memories of Jack at the lake and his laugh smile and sense of humor. Always driving the girls crazy but then got them their drinks for the beach. Love Ted Marie

Chris Newhook

January 8, 2018

Please accept my sincere condolences. It was a pleasure to have known and worked for such a welcoming and kind man. I always looked forward to my visits with Mr. Taylor, and very much enjoyed his wonderful sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.

January 5, 2018

We have lost, but heaven has gained one of the nicest neighbours that one could ever wish for. We owned the cottage almost adjacent to Jack. He, like the rest of us, found absolute beauty and relaxation on Georgian Bay. Jack was a very humble individual who was genuinely interested in people from "all walks of life" and always had time to stop and say "Hi, how ya doin'...how was the traffic?"
He was a good person... "one in a million" that really did make the world a much nicer place.
I consider it a true privilege to have known him.
Ross and Shirley Wallace,
Niagara Falls

Maureen Condon

January 5, 2018

Please accept our condolences on the death of your father. You are in our thoughts.
In sympathy,
Maureen & Don

Karen Moloney

January 5, 2018

What a great deserving tribute to your Dad David, Katie, Joan and John.
No doubt he's having a great reunion with your Mom, Chris and Aunt Pat.
Look forward to joining you to toast him and hear more great Jack stories.
OX OCHS alumni Oshwiggidy Karen M

FROM THE FAMILY