John Taylor’s Celebration of Life

Fri, Aug 26, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Friends, we are saddened to announce the passing of our Uncle John on July 21st, 2022.

Please celebrate the love, laughter and incredible generosity of this man with us – Friday August 26th at 1pm.

Friends attending in person, please join us immediately following the celebration of life service for afternoon tea, catered by The Secret Garden.


John Rex Taylor of Vancouver, passed away peacefully, enveloped in love by his nephew Andrew and niece-in-law Sarah on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at the age of 78. He is survived by his nephew Andrew (Sarah) Taylor; his great-nephew and great-nieces Béa, William and Julya Taylor; his sisters-in-law Lynda Taylor and Jane Taylor; and his nieces Susan McKillican, Christine Taylor Bessort and Margaret Taylor. John is remembered by so so many friends and colleagues whom he, together with his wife Barbara, considered an extension of their family.

John lived a life of passion. His love for Barbara was deep and steadfast and he missed her dearly and daily in the almost three years since her passing. One did not think or speak of one without attaching the name of the other.

His other great passion lay in doing anything he could to care for our planet and the marginalized people and animals therein. He and Barb found like minded humans and collaborators by way of the Unitarian Church, both in Halifax and Vancouver. And the number of organizations, foundations and associations he was a part of or contributed to is in the hundreds. He and Barbara divided their time between Canada and the United States, where they housed hundreds of people for decades in clean, safe, properly updated and affordable residences. It was a source of immense pride for John that they could offer this to so many families and individuals. He believed if we treated each other kindly and fairly and really listened we would all be happier and peaceful. John was a great listener and a thoughtful communicator. Even if he did not agree with you, his gentle way of doing so allowed for the maintenance of dialogue and friendship.

A private interment and green burial was held shortly after his passing. His Celebration of Life is Friday, August 26th at the Vancouver Unitarian Church.

In lieu of flowers, John would have appreciated a donation to, adoption of or cuddle with an animal in need. BCSPA and BC Wildlife Rescue Society were two of his favourites.


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