Aug 1955 – May 6, 2015
It is with profound regret that the family of David Andrew Taylor announce that he has passed away after a very hard fought four year battle with pancreatic cancer.
David was born in Kamloops in 1955 and lived his young life there and in Salmon Arm. He was an outdoorsman at heart and his life was filled with hunting, fishing, riding, cattle ranching and, being a the consummate cowboy, roping garbage cans from the back of a moving truck with his best friend Jim.
David moved to northern Alberta in his early twenties and became an excavator and heavy machinery operator in the oilfield which was his profession for the rest of his life. He was a true craftsman and was considered one of the very best in his field. He travelled the four western provinces and the Yukon for his jobs and made many friends along the way.
In 1984 he met and married his wife, Stacy, and together they built their life and raised their two sons, Josh and Derek. In 1992 they decided it was time to come home to BC and settled in Stacy’s home town of Fruitvale. David made his life here one filled with homecomings from far flung jobs, popping in to star in the Over the Hill gang’s hockey games, chasing all the wildlife that he could during hunting season and fishing as often as he could squeeze it in. For those of us who loved him, in our hearts, we know that David has now gone hunting far, far above the timberline.
David is survived by his wife of 30 years, Stacy, his sons, Josh and Derek and his most loved granddaughter, Lana. He is also survived by his sister Linda Huntington, brother Robert, his Aunts, Evelyn (Don) Bacon, Anna (Wayne) Webber & Alma Quibell as well his brothers and sisters-in-law Ardie (Bill) Thomas, Howard (Val) Shannon, Debbie (David) Leavitt, Wally (Dawn) Shannon, his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many good friends.
David was predeceased by both his father Dennis and father-in-law Johnny Shannon in 2004, his mother Marie in 2012, his mother-in-law Beth Shannon in 2013 and his nephew Nicklas in 2015.
A family memorial will be held at a later date.
Our family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the charity of your choice.
Our family wishes to say thank you to all our friends and family for your care and kindness. A special thanks to Bob and Carol who held us up when the going got very rough. To Bert, Bob and Jim, better friends were never made. The love and kindness that each of you wrapped our family in will forever be cherished by us all.
We would also wish to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Scotland, the nurses and staff in KBRH Oncology department. Your level of excellence is beyond measure and your compassion is felt deeply in the hearts of our family. To the nurses from Home Care, your gentle care for David made him feel safe and heard. To the kind, lovely nurse who held David’s hand as he left this world, words will never be enough to express our gratitude. And lastly to our own Dr. Libby McCoid. David was blessed to have you. You are truly on the side of the Angels.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca