Feb 16, 1930 – Dec 12, 2017
Robert (Bob) William Taylor was born on February 16, 1930 in Medicine Hat and passed away on December 12, 2017 in Red Deer at the age of 87 years.
Bob was raised on a farm near Bow Island in his early years and started driving a Model A Ford and his Granddad’s John Deere Model D on steel wheels during his summer holidays for one dollar a day.
Graduating Grade 12 in 1948 he worked for the PFRA surveying for irrigation from Taber to Medicine Hat for four dollars a day. In 1951 he hitchhiked to Stettler and found a job roughnecking for Cantex Drilling the very next day. In 1952 he started working with Gulf Oil Production.
It was not long after that Bob met Virginia Raynard of Big Valley. On May 24, 1954 the two were married and resided in Stettler and raised a family of two boys. In 1972 they moved to an acreage south of Stettler.
Bob worked with Gulf for 35 years and retired from Gulf in September of 1988.
Virginia (Virg) passed away on July 1st, 1989 and then Bob decided to move to Sylvan Lake where he remarried two more times in the next 10 years. He eventually moved to Red Deer where he lost his third wife in 2015.
Bob was a hardworking man, loving husband and father.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with family and friends.
Predeceased by his parents Elizabeth and Reginald; first wife Virginia, second wife Lorie and third wife Floy; brother Elmer (Ada); sister Marlene (John) Heck; Bob is survived by his sons Tim of Sylvan Lake and Bill of Vancouver; brother Doug (Nancy) of Parksville, BC and sister Beverly Taylor of Vancouver; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of many longtime friends.
A celebration of Bob’s life was held at the Stettler Funeral Home 4707-70th Street, Stettler, AB on Saturday, December 16, 2017 with interment in Lake View Cemetery, Stettler.
If family or friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the The War Amps, Alberta Cancer Foundation or a charity of your choice in care of the Stettler Funeral Home Box 1780 Stettler, AB T0C 2L0.
The Taylor family would like to thank the caregivers at Red Deer Collegeside Bethany for the special time they gave to Bob while he was a resident there.
Condolences may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, 403-742-3422, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.