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TAYLOR, Harold Reginald

November 24, 1934 – Michel, British Columbia
January 30, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Harold Reginald Taylor beloved husband of Jean of Calgary, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the age of 80 years.

Harold was the past business manager for IBEW Local 254 Electrical Workers and a trustee for Alberta Electrical Workers Health and Welfare and Pension Funds. He was a past president and board member of Inglewood Golf and Curling Club and a member of Good Sam – Wild Rose Chapter (Camping). His loves were his family, golf, red wine, dark chocolate and fine cigars. He enjoyed coaching Haysboro Hockey, putting up flags for the Olympics and volunteering for the Police/Fire Games.

Besides his loving wife Jean of fifty-six years, Harold is survived by two sons Brad and Mark (Shelley); grandson Cody; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly Foundation for Seniors, 211 Heritage Drive S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 1M9 c/o Southwood Hospice.

In living memory of Harold Taylor, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Linda and Dave sinclair :

    We met Harold and Jean through Good Sam, Wild Rose and enjoyed his sense of humour. He was gruff on the exterior, with a big heart and always ready with helpful advice. A good man who will be missed by many. Jean and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  2. Wayne and Bev Nalder :

    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  3. Lloyd and Marge Schroh :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, very sorry to hear of your loss.

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  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.

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  5. Roger and Cisca Bye :

    Our thoughts are with you. Although not close to Harold, he was the kind of guy who was easy to know and fun to spend time with. Whenever we met up with him, normally during his and Jean’s visits with Brad, it was always like meeting up with an old friend. We’ll miss those occasions.

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  6. Helen & Ted Johnston :

    We joined the Wild Rose Chapter of Good Sam because of Harold and Jean. Harold always had a story to tell, most often a comedic one, especially the one about the “BEAVER.” He was a great guy who will be missed by all who knew him. We spent many hours visiting around the camp fire.
    To Jean and family, our deepest sympathy and love at this very difficult time.
    Ted & Helen Johnston

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  7. I met Harold many years ago first through work and got to know him well after he sponsored my son as a junior at Inglewood. Through him I joined Inglewood as well and will always be greatful for his many introductions, his friendship and his spirit of teamwork and partnership through all our business dealings. He will truly be missed in meetings, at conferences and as a buddy out on the golf course. Jean, he always spoke so highly and with pride of you and your boys. May your memories hold him close. My sincere condolences.
    Danielle Carr

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  8. Brian & Kate Gallen :

    Jean,
    Kate and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our memories of Harold are very warm – he was a very special person, who’ll be missed by many. Warm memories will prevail.

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  9. Ron & Sheila Brown :

    We met Harold through the Wild Rose Good Sam RV club.
    Jean and your family, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Take Care
    Ron & Sheila Brown

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  10. Karen Figueiredo :

    I was fortunate to work with Harold and the Electrical Industry Trustees over the last two years. Harold was a thoughtful and dedicated chair who, with his colleagues, made tremendous contributions to the growth and stability of the pension plan over numerous years. I enjoyed spending time with Harold and Jean in Vancouver and in Calgary. Harold always spoke with pride about his sons and was a devoted husband to his wonderful wife Jean. He will be missed.

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  11. Elver and Grethe Olsen :

    The last few weeks have been very sad, as we realized how very sick our good friend Harold had become.

    Harold was part of a group who in 1969 started The Health and Welfare Fund for all unionized electricians as well as the Pension Fund at a later date. He was presently the chairman of The Pension Fund. His vast knowledge will be missed.

    Harold and Jean have been our very close friends for many years. We have spent much enjoyable time together on travels, at camping with Wild Rose and at dinners and card games at our homes. Harold was always in good spirits…………humming away at the latest tune, that was in his head.
    Harold was honest, fair and had a soft heart for children and the elderly.

    As we said goodbye to him, his last words to us were: “Don’t be sad. We will be ok. Look after yourselves.”
    Very caring words from a very sick friend.

    Harold will truly be missed by many, but mostly by Jean, Brad, Marc, Shelley and Cody.

    We will keep in touch.

    Elver and Grethe.

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  12. Peter Gruening :

    I had a lot of fun working with Harold, benefited greatly from his advice and will miss the good natured bantering we shared.

    My heart goes out to Jean and the rest of the Taylor Family.

    I’ll miss Harold greatly.
    Peter

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  13. Darlene Bowcott :

    As an employee of EBFA, I enjoyed a number of years working for Mr. Taylor, I will miss seeing him and getting his “how the hell are you” phone calls. My condolences to Mrs. Taylor and the family.

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  14. Mario Richard :

    Francine and I are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Harold. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Jean and family as well as to the Trustees and employees of Electrical Industry of Alberta. Harold and Jean always led by example of how a couple should care for each other and they were very proud of their two sons.
    We have learned a lot from Harold and Jean and we will miss him.
    Mario

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  15. Terry, Shirley and Tony Shaw will sorely miss our neighbour of 21 years, Harold. He was the epitome of a genuine good neighbour, always more than willing to help and so friendly. We offer our deepest sympathy to Jean and her family at this sad time.

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  16. Christine Dixon :

    Mrs. Taylor and family, I am so sorry for your loss. As an employee of EBFA, I have had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Taylor for many years and have learnt so much from him. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences.

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  17. Jackie Portrlance :

    My deepest and sincere condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

    If there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to let me know.

    Jackie

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  18. Brad and Michele Noordhof :

    We met Harold and Jean through the Wild Rose Chapter of Good Sam. Harold was funny, kind and made us always feel very welcome to be a part of the group. We loved to hear stories around the campfire and enjoy the friendship. We send our love, thoughts and prayers to Jean and the family.

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  19. Sylvain Boulé :

    Fair, candid and honest. That’s how I will remember Harold.

    Christine and I always enjoyed our annual dinners with him and Jean.

    Jean, to you and your sons, our deepest condolences.

    Christine and Sylvain Boulé

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  20. On behalf of the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta, our deepest condolences to Harold’s family. He had many friends in the electrical industry and will be missed .

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  21. Sharon Nelson :

    Jean and family, so very sad. I’m remembering all the good times – so many over the years!! He definitely made his time on earth fun for us all but especially you, Jean. I will miss him dearly and will cherish our last time when we were all together. Call if you need anything. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys. Sharon

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  22. Lorraine Mansell :

    While I casually knew the Taylor’s as members of the Inglewood Golf & Curling Club, my respect for both Harold & Jean grew as I watched both of them work so hard to help restore the golf course after the flood. Jean, Harold will be missed. My condolences to you & your family.

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  23. Fred and Barb Melnyk :

    I first met Harold in 1978 in Calgary. Over the years, our relationship evolved to a client advisor role of over 22 years. Harold was fair and firm in his dealings and exhibited maximum integrity at all times. As well, Harold served the youth of Calgary and my two sons as a hockey referee.

    Harold loved his family, especially Jean and his two boys, his Union, and his two provinces, Alberta and British Columbia. He maintained a special relationship with his fellow Trustees of the Electricians Health and Welfare and Pension Plans. These Plans will constitute Harold’s major legacy to his Union and it’s Members.

    Barbara and I thoroughly enjoyed Harold as a unique person. Our thoughts are with Jean and family at this difficult time. Fortunately, Harold left many significant memories for us all to dwell on. We will miss him.

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  24. I was so sad to hear of Harold going into the hospital and that his time with us was short. I was happy for the brief visit we had together. Harold was always very generous with me and very kind, he took a special interest in me while I worked on the new union center building while I was an electrical apprentice. We keep in touch through the years with skiing and the electrical industry.

    I enjoyed having known him and he has left his mark on me. Harold you will be missed. My thoughts, condolences and prayers go out to your family.

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  25. Armand Misuraca :

    Condolences from Joan and the old timers group that meet monthly for lunch at Stage West.

    Life is but a stopping place,
    A pause in what’s to be,
    A resting place along the road,
    To sweet eternity.
    We all have different journeys,
    Different paths along the way,
    We all were meant to learn some things,
    But never meant to stay…
    Our destination is a place,
    Far greater than we know.
    For some the journey is quicker,
    For some the journey is slow.
    And when the journey finally ends,
    We’ll claim a great reward,
    And find an everlasting peace,
    Together with the lord

    He will be missed by many old City of Calgary Electric light Employees and Enmax personelle.

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  26. Roy Hetherington :

    I offer my condolences to the family of Harold Taylor. In my role as director of maintenance with the Calgary Board of education, I had many opportunities to discuss and negotiate collective agreements between the Electrical workers and the Board. I always found Harold a fair man to deal with. On occasion, we dealt with side issues that were meaningful and we always parted good friends.

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  27. Vair & Donna Clendenning :

    Jean and family,

    Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
    Over the past few weeks Donna and Jean had a chance to talk and to reminisce. They shared some laughter, some tears and lots of memories of our work and travels together. I have many many good memories of Harold as my ski instructor and of Harold trying to teach Donna to ski when no one else would leave the lodge because it was too cold.
    Memories hold us together and make us stronger. Harold Taylor left his mark on the IBEW and the Alberta Electrical Industry and he left his mark on all of us. We will never forget you.

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  28. Andy and Paula Orr :

    Mark, Shelley, Cody and family. Our most sincere sympathy to all of you during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take Care.

    Andy and Paula

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  29. Marnie and Wayne Ralph :

    Jean, our sincere sympathy on Harold’s passing. May you find comfort in knowing you were kind and caring during his earthly days. He lived life to the fullest and dedicated much of his time to make Inglewood a better place. Cherish the many good memories. Take care.

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  30. Jean and family;
    Our sincere sympathy for your loss. We are out of the country at the present time , saw the obituary on the net, so regret that we are unable to attend the service for Harold
    Gerry, Shirley & family

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  31. Although Harold departs from this earth, he never truly leaves, for he is still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, he lives on. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, he will not be forgotten.

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  32. Karen Stoshnof :

    Dear Taylor Family,

    I’m terribly sorry for the loss of Harold. He was an amazing man and was held in the highest of regard by so many people. The contributions he made to his Union and the community at large are simply amazing. Hopefully your family is doing the best as possible during at this sad time. Thinking of you and sending warmest wishes during this difficult time. Karen Stoshnof

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  33. David & Billie Tettensor :

    Jean & family, our thoughts have been with you since we learned of Harold’s illness early in the new year. Harold had a large personality and made an impact upon all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. He was passionate about looking after the interests of his flock; the electrical workers of Alberta. He made a difference and won’t be forgotten.

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  34. Dan and Ann Philips :

    The Wild Rose Chapter of Good Sam RV Club was where we met Harold. Campouts and meetings were not the same if he and Jean were not in attendance. He was very wise and so much fun to be around. He could be counted on to provide pragmatic advice for solving sticky situations. This as well as his sense of humor and his wise cracks will be missed so much.

    Our sincere sympathy to Jean and the family. We are thinking of you at this difficult and sad time.

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  35. I feel like Harold has always been a part of our family’s lives. I always loved his personality and charm and refreshing honesty. I think I was scared of him, for about 5 seconds when I was 5 years old, because of his booming voice, but soon learned what a special and kind man he was. He has been one of my dad’s best friends for decades and his presence will be greatly missed. We will now say our farewells and wish Jean and all the family many good and warm memories and peace going forward.
    Linda Olsen

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  36. John Goldsmith :

    My deepest sympathies to Jean and the immediate family as well as the expanded family of the EBFA and their trustees. I first met Harold in 2009 and always appreciated his frankness and fairness. He was a truly great person and epitomized what leading by example was all about.

    You will be missed but not forgotten.

    John Goldsmith

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  37. Michael Olsen :

    For years Harold and my Dad were the closest of friends. Both personally and professionally they were buddies, either working together as fellow trustees, the glory days on the ski slopes to the more recent post-retirement camping trips together. The memories will last forever between the families.

    On behalf of the Olsen Family out here on the West Coast, we would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Taylor Family.

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  38. Jean and Ted Carter :

    Jean, Brad, Mark, Shelley and Cody
    Want you to know how sorry we are to hear of Harold’s passing. The world lost a great man. Harold was a leader, mentor and dear friend for me during my years having the opportunity to work alongside him. He was such a visionary of what was best for people and was very compassionate about ensuring everyone was looked after many times at the expense of his family. He will be dearly missed by many people as he was such a force in the labour movement and the community as well. His wisdom and compassion for a better world will be his legacy of all the great work Harold accomplished during his time with us. Once again we want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jean and Ted Carter
    Once again Jean and my thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this tough time.

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  39. Verna and Lyly Parker :

    Jean and family, we were so very sorry to hear of your loss. I always loved giving Harold a bad Time.
    Many laughs and good times with both of you.

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  40. Bill Begemann :

    From my family to yours, all our heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

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  41. Many great memories of Harold through our work with our respective IBEW Local Unions. Working “just down the hall” from each other, we enjoyed a good relationship and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss many issues in the Alberta Labor scene. Harold worked hard for his membership and I shall not forget his mentoring in my early days as a new Business Manager of the Telephones Local, 348. My sincere condolences go out to his family and especially Jean. Kindest Regards,
    Dale Ashton

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  42. Robin & Karen Duke :

    Karen and I would like to express our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to you and your family. Harold’s memories will always be with us.
    Karen and Robin

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  43. Merrill Nelson :

    Jean and Family
    My thoughts are with you all. Harold and you have given so much for us
    at Inglewood. He leaves wonderful, colourful memories for us all.
    Take comfort from all the kind words of your friends at this difficult time.
    Harold’s memories and good works will live on.

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  44. Bob & Sylvia Gingras :

    Jean,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Harold was an ICON at Inglewood and will be missed by the members, especially the senior men’s group. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Bob and Sylvia

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