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July 10, 1921 – October 13, 2012

Ross Taylor passed away at 10:10 a.m. on October 13, 2012 at Calgary Foothills Hospital of causes incident to age. He was 91 years old.

Ross is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Gunnild Nielsen Taylor; his son and daughter-in-law, Barney and Myrle Taylor, and their seven children and spouses, Norman (Pam), Laura (Nathan) Dorward, Jonathan (Jenni), Renae (Tom) Higginson, Joshua (Laura), Karen (Brad) Baker, and Matthew (Chloe); his daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Douglas McAllister, and their seven children and spouses, Emily Anderson, Paul (Stacy), Catherine (Marcus) Shapiro, John (Karisa), Laura, Mark and Rachel; forty great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Allan Luft; brother and sister-in-law, George and Rita Nielsen; sister-in-law Hazel Taylor Davidson, and ten nieces and nephews and their spouses and children. Ross loved all of his family members.

Ross was born at Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary on the evening of July 10, 1921, just as the fireworks from the evening performance of the Stampede filled the sky. He was the younger of two children born to James Henry and Beatrice Ross Taylor, both immigrants of Yorkshire, England. He grew up in a home on 4th Street and 36th Avenue in Park Hill that overlooked the Elbow River Valley and Elbow Park. He attended Park Hill School, Rideau Park School and Western Canada High School.

In 1940, he began working at the newsstand at the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) Calgary Depot on 9th Avenue and Center Street. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He married Gunnild Nielsen in Christ Church, Elbow Park, on December 30, 1944 during a Christmas leave. In 1946, he became a CPR trainman, which started a 35-year railroad career. His family delighted to hear his railroading stories. He worked an additional five years at Stacs Record Centre, a record storage company.
On November 23, 1963, Ross and his wife and children were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a faithful member of the Church the remainder of his life. He magnified his Church callings, served diligently as a home teacher, and quietly blessed the lives of his family, Church members and friends in significant, practical ways.

Ross was a loyal son, husband and father. At a young age, he had to work hard to help support his family. He was physically and mentally strong and loved to work. In 1949-51, he solely designed and built his own home at 2040 31st S.W., which he and his family lived in for sixty years. He continued to improve his home through the years and constructed two major additions. One of his highest priorities in life was to provide a comfortable home and life for his wife and family. Doing so was a source of great satisfaction to him. His home occupied his thoughts until the day he died.

He was a voracious reader, devouring hundreds of books on religion, history, and other non-fiction subjects. Ross loved to write, authoring a book based on his personal experiences: “Through These Doors, A Look at the Workings of the Canadian Pacific Railroad Calgary Depot 1940-1966.” He wrote articles on historical subjects that were published in the Calgary Herald. He authored a detailed autobiography, leaving for his descendants the wonderful story of his life as well as a history of his ancestors. When his son gave him a journal for Christmas 1978, he made daily entries until recently when his health did not permit it. He wrote poems for family birthdays and anniversaries and long letters to his children and relatives. He was naturally artistic. He studied art under a Dutch artist and made drawings and paintings.

Funeral Services will be held at the Calgary Stake Centre of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2021 – 17th Avenue S.W.) on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Friends may visit with the family at the Stake Centre one hour prior to the funeral. Graveside Service to follow at Union Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through Ross and Gunnild are especially grateful to Barney and Myrle for their loving and dedicated care, particularly during these past few years. They also express thanks to Ross’ caregivers at The Colonel Belcher Care West Centre.

In living memory of Ross Taylor, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Wollene & Frank Mitchell :

    We send out our heartfelt condolences to Gunnild (Gus), Janice, Barney and their families. Wollene lived in your basement suite on 31st St S.W. for a time in the 1950’s and had a wonderful relationship with both Gus and Ross. She recalls many happy and hilarious events from those years. She got caught crawling through the milk chute in the early morning hours after losing her house key once, and on another occasion she lathered mashed potatoes on Ross’s head at the kitchen table because he was so preoccupied reading that he didn’t talk to her. Seeing Gus at the Hudson’s Bay store from time to time later, refreshed those earlier memories. We have been out of contact for many years now and we are distressed to hear of Ross’s illness and passing.

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