Taylor, James G.
October, 1933 – June 16, 2023
It is with broken hearts that we say good-bye to Jim in his 90th year. Jim was the beloved husband of Muriel (Lowe) for 68 fulfilling years. They were a strong and committed couple who looked after each other well. Muriel ensured he wanted for nothing in his final years. He was a proud and devoted Dad to Lori and Lynn and father-in-law to Peter Dobson. Jim, Jimmy, Jasper lived life to the fullest with a strong commitment to family and friends.
He was the youngest and treasured son of Sara Jane and Robert Taylor and was born at Peel Memorial Hospital. He was predeceased by his ten siblings, Margaret, Bill, Norma, Jean, Bruce, Murray, Marian, Alice, Muriel, Helen and their spouses.
Life was filled with a passion for adventure, meeting people, and supporting family and friends. Going for a drive with Jim was always a pleasant experience, sure to be punctuated with the comment, “I put a furnace in that house”, repeated frequently. He brought warmth to many people physically, as well as he did emotionally with his warm and generous heart.
The family enjoyed many vacations together exploring Canada, the US, Australia and Europe. If he was asked if he wanted to go on a “road trip” the answer was always “Yes, when are we going?” He and Muriel enjoyed their golden years with travel, picnics, many dinner parties and visits with the large extended family of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He treasured this time and always reached out to see what was new and what was going on, because he was a people person and interested in staying in touch.
Special thanks to Pat Bardsley who provided Jim with a woodworking shop and woodworking assistance, in her garage and in her home. Jim spent many hours in good company creating beautiful woodworking projects for family and friends. One just needed to show Jim a picture and he would set about making the chair, barn door, bed frame, memory box, tea cup holder, plinth, cabinet, children's toys or table. He was a talented woodworker and enjoyed having a team of “helpers” stop by the workshop and work alongside him. Special thanks also to Sara Cranney for her chauffeuring, company, and woodworking assistance. Pat and Sara with their caring ways were the third and fourth daughters for both Jim and Muriel.
In his working life, Jim was an ideal worker. He had high standards, values and morals. He made life-long friends at every job and enjoyed keeping up with people, gathering a large circle of friends as he went through life. Jim and Muriel were two of the original home flippers, having purchased and renovated many homes, with itchy feet for the next challenge. For several years, Jim worked at Cairnlea group homes. His time at Cairnlea was fulfilling and provided him and the Taylor family with an opportunity to get to know many of the “kids” and make lifelong connections.
In a tribute of love and respect to Muriel and her family, Jim was determined in pursuing the naming of a street for the Lowe family. He submitted the application to the city and was relentless in his pursuit to have the family recognized as close to the family farm and homes as possible. He had love and respect for elders and those who went before him.
It was always going to be too soon to let Jim go, but there is comfort in knowing he lived life to the fullest, loved deeply and was deeply loved. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or Bethell Hospice Foundation, or Brampton Civic Hospital.
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There will be visitation on June 23rd, 2023 at Ward Funeral Home, 52 Main Street South, Brampton from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 24th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, 44 Church Street East, Brampton. A reception will follow at the church in the Great Hall.