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TAYLOR, W. Byron


November 14, 1928 to January 10, 2004. The Sault has lost a great jazz musician and teacher with Byron’s quiet passing. He immigrated to Canada in 1958, four months before being joined by his beloved wife, Edna and son, Bob. They lived for a short time in Bruce Mines before settling in Sault Ste. Marie. Byron’s love of music started early in his youth. He combined his passion with service in the R.A.F. band in the late 1940’s. He later played with the Brian Pearsall orchestra in England. With his new life in Canada, he continued sharing his talent, entertaining many people and making countless friends as a member of the Crescendos. He also taught clarinet and saxophone, nurturing a new generation of musicians. Until recently he contributed to the wonderful sound of the Sault Swing Band. Moving to Canada awakened an interest in our national obsession, hockey. Although having attended the 1967 Stanley Cup final in Toronto, he has been a long-unrewarded Maple Leafs fan. Byron’s grandson, Steve, continues his Grampa’s love for sports and music through his unbridled passion for soccer and classical guitar. Steve is also a diehard Leaf fan. Left to celebrate Byron’s life and love are his cherished wife of 51 years, Edna; son Bob and his wife Colleen and grandson, Steve; son Greg and his fiancé Debbie and special granddaughter, Holly; all of Sault Ste. Marie. Byron was pre-deceased by his dear son, Phil in 1984. Byron is lovingly remembered by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Reg and Renie Carradine of Wollaston, England. He was also loved by his niece, Linda Lewis and her husband Keith and their children, Matthew, Amy and John. Byron was predeceased by his sister, Marjorie (late Jim) Boycott of Stourbridge, England on December 22, 2003. The family would like to thank Dr. Walde and Dr. Spadafora for their care of Byron in the last few years. They are also grateful for the compassion of the nursing staff in the oncology palliative care unit. Byron’s friends are invited to remember him at a service on Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 1 pm at the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre. In lieu of flowers, his family would greatly appreciate memorial contributions in Byron’s name to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation. We will greatly miss his sense of humour.