Robert "Bob" Taylor
It is with joy, for having known him, and with sadness for having to let him go, that the family of Robert "Bob" Taylor shares the news of his passing. Bob passed away peacefully on May 10th, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Darlene. Born, January 30th, 1950, to Margaret and Bill Taylor, in Halifax, NS. Bob and family moved to Antigonish at the age of 3. The eldest boy of 6 children, he was a very energetic kid, he loved playing with his brothers and sisters, was a member of the Ninian’s Marian Choir. He made the Provincial Junior Golf Team and the highlight of his hockey career was playing hockey for the Antigonish Bull Dogs. He is survived by his sister Diane (Bob Cunningham), Sandra (Lorne Wall), and Peter (Carolyn Taylor) and many nieces and nephews, predeceased by his mom and dad and his two brothers Michael and Joseph.
Bob received his Mechanical Drafting Diploma from Port Hawksbury Community College. From there moved to Halifax to work as Manager at The Metropolitan Retail Store on Quinpool Road. He moved on to become an employee of Cody Food Equipment and worked in commercial kitchen design and sales. His work took him to Saint John, then to Truro where he met Darlene. They were married in 1978 and moved to Sydney, Cape Breton where they welcomed their first child. At Cody, Bob was awarded for Top Sales Achievement in Canada. Bob and Darlene then moved to Moncton and continued to grow their family. He then became involved with Jessome Food Equipment as Vice President of Sales. In 1993, he became involved in the bar & hospitality industry where he eventually became the owner/operator of his legacy, Captain Dan’s Bar & Grill, The Sandbar on the Pointe du Chêne Wharf and Five Bridges Bar & Grill.
Bob loved his children and was extremely proud of them, Jennifer (Giles Oland), Suzanne (Robert Dawe), and Robert (Tonya Wilson). He was proud to finally become a grandfather and held his grandchildren close to his heart and enjoyed spending time with them and making them laugh. His three precious little granddaughters Charleigh, Sadie, and Georgia were blessed to have known this legend and know they were loved unconditionally.
In addition to family, Bob valued and actively maintained many life long friendships. He was always the life of the party; everyone always gravitated to his fantastic smile, energy and story telling. Loved by many, Bob was an extremely hard worker and we are so very proud of all his accomplishments. Bob loved to teach and help anyone that needed advice or support, he was always interested in the well -being of his family, friends and employees. Bob was actively involved in politics, he cared about change and making things better for New Brunswick. Anything he could do to help, he would, he dedicated many conversations and evenings to supporting the local community and working hard at making a difference for his children and grandchildren. Bob and Darlene spent many years in Florida enjoying the sun and friends. In 2018 they bought a condo at Clearwater Beach, where Bob spent many months this year. He loved it there, enjoying the beautiful weather and time to reflect with friends. He spent many days sitting at the "Liars" table and making everyone laugh. He was a member of United Commercial Travellers, The Knight Riders Motorcycle Group, a very good golfer and loved watching hockey and enjoying walks in Cap Brule with their dog Frankie. Bob knew how to live life and knew more to what life was about then most. He taught his family to think smart, work hard and strive to be a great person! To not sweat the small things and in life things do get better, one of his famous lines was "It is what it is".
Bob was a legend, larger than life, Bob will leave an empty space in many people’s lives now that he’s gone. His legacy will live on in all of us, and we’re all so lucky to have known and spent time with him.
There will be no visitation hours. A Service to Celebrate and Honor Bob’s Life will be held at The Moncton Wesleyan Church Life Centre, 945 St. George Blvd on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm with Pastor L.D. Buckingham officiating. Reception to follow in the church atrium, All welcome.
The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to all who cared for Bob while in the hospital over the years. The staff and doctors at the Moncton Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Saint John Regional Hospital.
Arrangements under the professional care of Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation. Online condolences on the Funeral Home Facebook page or at www.fergusonsfuneralhome.com
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