Born In: Sydney Mines
Passed on: December 19th, 2012
Held in the arms of his three girls and surrounded by his family, Greg passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
Born in Sydney Mines, Greg was the son of the late John and Caroline (Lovell) Taylor.
Greg leaves behind the broken hearts of his wife of 27 years, Sandra, whom he cherished above all else, and his beloved daughters, Jessica and Lindsey, at home. Also mourning are his brothers, Rick and Roger (Sherry), Sydney Mines, Bill (Karen), Georges River; sisters, Mora (David) Stewart, Ottawa, Mary Beth Bridges, Arizona, and Marsha Taylor, Ontario. Greg is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Henry and Louise Mackinnon, Florence; and sister-in-law, Wanda Mulley, Lower Sackville; his lifelong friend, Robbie Pero (Giselle), Sydney Mines; nieces, Melissa and Ashley and nephews, David, Justin, Shawn, Taylor and Stephen (who Greg thought of more as a brother); and many aunts and uncles.
Greg will also be missed by his extended family of friends who meant the world to him. Greg only had to say I need or I want to and he had a crew of friends eager to help.
Greg’s second family was his garage and his customers. He often said he truly loved his work. Greg and his business partner, the late Steve MacFadden, spent 26 years together building their business from the first location S&G Irving to MacFadden Taylor Ultramar and finally Greg and Steve’s Auto Repair (OK Tire North Sydney). Greg appreciated each and every person who came through their doors and built lasting friendships with many.
Greg volunteered in his community, serving on the board of directors of Seaview Golf Club for six years. Greg was a coach with the Northside Blades Speed Skating Club for many years where he coached both of his girls. He served terms as vice- president and treasurer of Speed Skate Nova Scotia and was a member of the Speed Skate Nova Scotia Canada Winter Games committee for 2007 and 2011. Greg also volunteered as a cast member in fundraising plays for St. Joseph Church in Bras d’Or, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Greg lived a rich full life in his short time with us. He was an incredible man who touched the lives of all who met him. Greg always put others ahead of himself and was our calm. Even through his difficult battle with cancer his only concerns were for Sandra and his girls. We were his world and he was ours.
Greg was humbled by the outpouring of support for our family during his illness. It would be impossible to express our thanks in a few words for the amazing care Greg received from the palliative care team of doctors and nurses.
Visitation for Greg will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., today (Friday) in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. Funeral mass at 2 p.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or, with Rev. Peter McLeod officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre or Hospice/Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton.
Online condolences may be sent to www.wjdooley.com.