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Taylor, Dr. James Ernest (Jim)

Jim passed away in Kelowna in the presence of his loving family on April 22, 2012 at the age of 94 years.  He is survived by his immediate family of Tom and Sue Taylor, Val and Bill Prescott, Nancy and Denis Roy, Kathy and Peter Borsato, Paul and Jane Taylor and Mike Taylor and his extended family of nine grandchildren; Heather Taylor (Steve Shatford), Graham (Itsuki) Taylor, Laura Taylor, Sarah Prescott, Mark Prescott, Jennifer Seifert, Amos Seifert, Emma Taylor and Abby Taylor and four great grandchildren; Terrance Seifert, Fuzuki Taylor, Rio Taylor and Ella Shatford.   Jim is also survived by special friend Anne Hendren.  Jim was pre-deceased by his wife Betty of 54 years and his daughter Mary.  He was a pilot in World War II and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.  He then entered the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta and then practiced as a family physician and unofficial local veterinarian in Golden, B.C. for 33 very gratifying years.  During Jim’s 33 years in the mountains, he embraced his love of the outdoors including mountain climbing, skiing, hiking, fishing and hobby farming.  Being the consummate family man, all these pursuits were shared with his wife and seven children.  He strongly embraced community service and led many community organizations.  He also served as coroner for many years.  He always said he loved every working day of his life and he continued this passion for life throughout his retirement years in Penticton where he enjoyed windsurfing, tennis and golf and spending quality time with family.  Jim will be sadly missed by his extended family and friends.  Many thanks to Jim’s family physician, Dr. Barry Eliason, the staff of KGH and the staff of The Village at Mill Creek.  A Memorial Service will be held on May 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna BC with the Reverend Dr. Gordon Fletcher officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy St. Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2 and/or The Village at Mill Creek Benevolent Fund, 1450 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC  V1Y 5Y5.

May 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Springfield Funeral Home

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Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy St. Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2 and/or The Village at Mill Creek Benevolent Fund, 1450 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y5.


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The service for Taylor, Dr. James Ernest (Jim) is scheduled for May 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Chris O'Connor says:

    I had the opportunity to get a perspective on Dr. Taylor only by meeting his wonderful son Paul while working at IBM. Please accept my deepest regrets on your loss.

    With sympathy,
    Chris O’Connor

  • Jacqueline Neun says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and my prayers are with you. Take comfort and peace in remembering all the things he accomplished during his long and wonderful life.

  • Arnold and Carol Penno says:

    Arnie and I are saddened to hear of the loss of your father. We have such great memories of your Dad when he lived in Golden. He was a compassionate doctor who made house calls even in the middle of the night. May he rest in peace.

  • gail foyston says:

    Dr. Taylor was a caring and understanding man. I thought very highly of him, both as a man and a doctor. May he rest in peace.

  • Charlotte Englehart says:

    So saddened to learn of Dr. Taylor’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Dr.Taylor and as everyone would agree , he was an amazing doctor and a wonderful gentleman. I am thankful to have known him. My condolences to the Taylor family.
    Charlotte Englehart.

  • Agnes & Lloyd Coltman says:

    Very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. As volunteers for Okanagan Meal Service, we had the pleasure to deliver meals to him for at least two years, prior to his move from Hawthorne Park.

  • Bonnie Thomas says:

    So sorry to hear of Dr. Taylor’s passing. Perhaps he and my Dad are even now setting up their new clinic at a higher altitude than the one in Golden.

  • Margaret Petty says:

    My condolences to the Taylor family. Dr. Taylor was a warm ,caring person, and the kind of doctor that so many wish they could be.

  • Brian & Linda Williams says:

    Jim was my last surviving uncle. He and Betty are often remembered by us for their kindness when we had the occasion to visit. Jim had an infectious smile, a glint in his eye and willingness to listen. I wish I had visited more often. We look forward to a renewed connection with the family on the 6th.

  • Jeff and Linda Williams says:

    We were sorry to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. We have many fond memories of shared times together, many years ago in Golden on the farm, and in Penticton, after Jim retired. He and Betty were always gracious hosts, making us feel loved and welcome. We especially remember golfing on the little pitch and putt in Penticton. Our condolences go out to our cousins, and we are sorry we will be out of the country when the memorial service is being celebrated.

  • Norm Fix says:

    I would like to offer the condolences of the Fix Family of Athabasca, Alberta. We did not know where your father had moved to and wish we had as were in the area a lot. Mostly my older bros Charlie, Alyn and Don knew your dad when he lived in Athabasca. I did meet him in Golden one time and a few times when your family came home to Athabasca. I live in Kelowna now and will try to make the service. I am Norm Fix.

  • Gary & Sheila Bjarnason says:

    Dr. Taylor was one of the most kind,gentle, and caring physician I have worked with over 30 years. He was very kind and understanding of a new graduate RN on night shifts. Over the years we worked together as colleagues, we had lots of laughter, joy, and share sorrow when unable to achieve the goal of improved health for the patient. He was also a wonderful family physician who delivered our two children, and saw us through the “ups and downs” of life experience. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and our deepest sympathy to his extended family. He brought much caring to his community and his patients.

  • Garth & Marlene Thompson says:

    We regret deeply your loss . Doc was a wonderful person as well as a great doctor . He will be remembered as a true friend of the Golden area.

  • Mihalchan family says:

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of such a wonderful doctor and man. He was our family doctor and our veterinarian. I went, crying, to his office because our cat had been injured..as soon as he could he came to help our cat. He followed up with house calls until the cat recovered. Bless him.

  • B and Lil Cacaci says:

    Doc Taylor was such a sweet, soft spoken man, always ready to listen and help with whatever problem one had. He was a very personable and caring man. Not only once did he take porcupine quills out our dogs mouth and also helped out with livestock. I always think of him with a twinkle in his eyes. He leaves behind a wonderful memory.
    Out thoughts are with you all, B and Lil Cacaci

  • Tim willis says:

    In memory of Jim
    Thanks for letting me in to say a few thoughts of him. Through the eyes of Mike I often see the teaching of Jim. I know that the legacy with you does continue..Tom, Sue, Val, Paul,Jane, Kathy, Nancy, Mike, your spouses, the children and grandchildren too…sharing the loving memory of dear gentle Dr. Jim with you!!
    8 long years seems but as yesterday, wiping all those tears away, so please accept this hand of mine,waving through my phone this time, and as you go on imitating Jim in giving..do not allow your grief to stop you from living
    Tim w
    Mike’s first roommate in kelowna, got the privilege to know Jim during the hawthorn years…

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