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TAYLOR, Samuel Paul

May 19, 1926 – July 11, 2012

Sam Taylor passed away peacefully in Calgary surrounded by his wife Lynn, and his two daughters.

Born in Altoona, PA, Sam started school in Altoona and then attended Gillman in Baltimore, before joining the US Navy where he served with the Seabees in the South Pacific during WW II. He later attended Princeton and NYU. Sam met Lynn in San Francisco, married in Edmonton and raised their family in Rye, NY where they were members of Rye Presbyterian Church and nearby tennis, pool and beach club. Retiring to Calgary 15 years ago, he joined the Calgary Tennis Club, had season’s tickets to the Stampeders and loved the fabulous Calgary walkways especially along the Bow and Elbow. Sam’s publishing career began in San Francisco with IND News (now Time Warner) rising through field positions to head office in NY to VP Circulation Director for over 300 popular titles including MAD, Playboy, DC Comics, MS, Family Circle, Saturday Evening Post and Hot Rod. In 1974 he was hired by Time Inc. to help launch People Magazine and supervise newsstand sales of Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money. He moved from Time to Fawcett World Library as VP Circulation Mgr and Assistant to Roscoe Fawcett. The purchase of Fawcett by CBS provided the perfect time to start his own business providing services he knew were needed by many publishers. In 1978 he launched Taylor Consulting Services, specializing in all areas of magazine sales.

Besides his loving wife of 51 years he is survived by his daughters DeeDee (Kevin) and Cathy (Dave), brother-in-law Don McArthur and grandchildren Kendall, Leland, Savannah, Sebastian, Kayla, Jenna and Sarah.

He was predeceased by his only sibling Dr. Martha Taylor Schipper of Maryland, and is survived by 2 nieces and 2 nephews also of Maryland.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel (5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday July 22, 2012 at 3:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Sam Taylor, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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  1. Squeek LaVake :

    Hello Lynn,
    My condolences to you in the loss of your best friend and life partner. What an impressive life he led. Someday I hope to meet you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Squeek (Roger’s widow)

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  2. Doug McArthur :

    Lynn:
    I’m very sorry to hear about Sam’s passing.

    Words always fail at moments like this, and one is reduced to sputtering out the regular platitudes. But rest assured Rita and I are genuine is our expressions of condolences.

    I hope you are holding up alright and that time will help to heal the loss.

    Take care of yourself!

    Doug and Rita McArthur

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  3. Darryl and Pat Raymaker :

    Lynn and family – We were very saddened to learn of Sam’s passing. Although we did not know him for very long, he certainly impressed both of us with his sunny disposition and neighbourly spirit. He had a marvelously interesting and diverse career and no doubt a very happy life.
    You have our sincerest sympathies and condolences on your loss.

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  4. George & Mary Marcum :

    Dearest Lynn,

    I remember the early days in San Francisco (1959-1960)with you and Sam; meeting on Saturday nights at the BV and sampling seafood at Fishermans Warf; and Beefeater martinis! We stayed in contact over these many years in New York, many industry conventions, while working together at Independent News. Am saddened at Sam’s passing, however he is now without pain. Our sincere condolenses. Love to DeeDee and Cathy
    We’ll all miss him.

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  5. Irwin Billman :

    Lynn and family- sorry and sad to hear of Sam’s passing. I knew him to be a fine gentleman, and he will be sorely missed.
    Irwin Billman

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  6. George Wright :

    Lynn, Sam was one of the finest men in the business. I never met a wholesaler that didn’t hold him in the highest regard – something that was very rare!

    He was always my first recommendation as a Circulation Consultant and he never failed to meet the needs of those to whom I suggested engaging him.

    I considered him a great friend and have missed him since he left the NYC area. And, so help me, I didn’t push him off the boat into the water that day long ago at Diforio’s on Hen Island in Rye Harbor.

    Stay well,

    George wright

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  7. Martin Shafkowitz :

    Sorry for your loss. Sam was a gentleman and a friend while we were both at Independent News.

    I am sure that he is in a better place.

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  8. Ora Harrison :

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. It seems we have known each other forever. You were a great couple and complemented each other so well.I feel your loss!
    Ora

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  9. Everett Ferris :

    Lynn, I was so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing.

    Remembering back to the Independent News Co. days, Sam was always a friend and gentleman. In fact I still remember when you two met and later married. It was a great time in his life.

    Sam was always well liked and will be missed.

    Please accept my sympathy for your loss.

    Everett Ferris

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  10. Mary & Guy Packford :

    Lynn & Family
    We are so sad to learn of the loss of Sam- we are sure you have many happy memories.
    Our symapthy goes out to you from our hearts.
    Mary & Guy Packford

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  11. paul Hamrock :

    My condolences to The Taylor family for their great loss. I had the pleasure of Sam’s company at many conventions, on the road and in Beautiful down town White Plains.

    He will be greatly missed

    Kind regards

    Paul Hamrock

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  12. Hugh and Valerie Aitken :

    Dear Lynn

    Thank you for your message yesterday and we were so sorry to learn that Sam had passed away on 11 July.

    We know from our voluntary work in our local hospice just how much the palliative care and counselling they provide is appreciated at a time like this.

    We often think of the few days we spent with you both 10 years ago and how kind you both were. We recall how keen he was to get his crossword off the computer every evening to give him a head start in finishing it. We also remember fondly the great day we all had at the Stampede.

    He was obviously a very talented and successful businessman and will be missed by the family and all who knew him. We send you and the girls particularly our condolences at this time.

    With much love to you all, you are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

    Hugh and Valerie.

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  13. Daniel Quinn :

    To the family,

    Along life’s journey, some people enter just for a moment it seems, but they leave an indelible impression upon our hearts and our minds. Sam was big and loud and boisterous and fun and brilliant and kind and competetive and…more than anything else, a great Dad and a wonderful Husband.

    I extend my sincere condolences to Lynn, DeeDee, Cathy and the extended families. My prayer is that your grief be tempered by all of the great memories…and oh, so much laughter!!
    Love to all,

    Daniel T. Quinn

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  14. Steve and Jocelyn Waters :

    Lynn,
    We were so sad to hear of Sam’s passing; he was such a gentleman. Our thoughts are with your and family.

    -Steve and Jocelyn Waters

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  15. Suzanne Taylor Schipper :

    Dear Aunt Lynn, DeeDee and Cathy,
    There are so many wonderful memories of summers and holidays with you all. My mother loved when we were all together, and cherished her brother and his family. Uncle Sam brought so much fun and happiness into the family. I am so thankful for the memories. Much love to you all…Suzy

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  16. Dear family, I’m saddened by the loss of Uncle Sam. I have alot of great memories of him!! We enjoyed visiting you all, loved when you all packed up the station wagon to visit us! He will be missed! Love to you all. Anita, Roxanne, Lily and Derek.

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  17. Memories of two amazing people. Mom and Sam, both rose from the ashes of family tragedy to become incredible people. They are the end and the beginning of incredible memories and inspirations.
    I remember good talks with Uncle Sam. My condolences to you Aunt Lynn. You guys had an incredible relationship. Raised two wonderful daughters. The legacy continues!

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  18. Beth Taylor Yarnall :

    To Lynn and the Family,
    I am sorry to hear about Sam’s passing. I want you to know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With love and sympathy,
    Beth

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