We Remember

Taylor, Gloria Jean

March 30, 1948 — October 4, 2012

It is with deepest sorrow that the family announce the passing of our mother, sister, grandmother and friend.  We rejoice in the peace of her passing.  Gloria was a woman of great determination, with a passion for life and love for all her family and friends.  Gloria is survived by Pat Taylor and their two sons: Jason (Steven), Clinton and granddaughter Gabrielle Taylor.  She is further survived by her mother Anne Fomenoff of Castlegar, BC, as well as her three sisters: Shirley (Bob) Merry and their children, Steven, Jeff and Christine; Betty and her late husband Don Johnson and their children: Tracey and Eric and Patty (Andy) Ferguson.  Gloria is predeceased by her father Fred Fomenoff, whom she is now reunited with and both are now going fishing.


Private services for family and friends will follow.  The family would like to express their gratitude t the ALS Society of British Columbia.  In lieu of flowers, Gloria’s wish that donations be made to the ALS society in Gloria Taylors name, 1233 – 13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC, V6V 2X7.  The family wishes to say a special thank you to Mom’s guardian angel, Dawn.  Cremation has taken place.

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ALS Society: 1233 – 13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC, V6V 2X7




  • Wanda MacKinnon says:

    Gloria was an amazing woman as we all know. Her heart was huge when it came to helping people. Gloria called a spade a spade and always shot from the hip. Although her passing is very sad, celebrating her life brings fond memories. Gloria it has been an honor to have know you. We had some laughs and made some funny memories. My condolences to Gloria’s family. She did so much in her life and loved so many.


  • colleen kane says:

    my deep condolences to all of Gloria’s family and friends. In June,when I went to Toronto with Gloria for the dying with dignity conference, was the greatest eyeopener for me. The indignities that Gloria had to endure were so inhumane. We shared so many tears and also so many laughs for those 5 days. I saw how hard it was for her on a daily basis to keep fighting the good fight. Glo is an amazing lady, who I admired very much and I am happy that she is with her Dad,my brother Steve,my husband Jim,whom she adored,and all those she loved that went before her,who were waiting her to arrive. God Bless you my friend, YOU will be missed BUT never forgotten as you have changed my life

  • Erika Berger says:

    I am sad that you’re gone yet happy that you shall suffer no more.
    Sad that no one else will have the pleasure to say that they knew you yet happy to say that “I” did.
    Sad that you leave behind a beautiful family yet happy that they surround you and have come together to ‘celebrate’ your life.
    I am forever grateful. Thank You! (for everything) <3

  • Sandy & Boyd Sommerfeld says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria & her family…
    We admire her courage and determination to have the right to die with dignity. We hope Gloria’s legacy will continue for all others.

  • Darcy Kleiman says:

    One of the greatest gifts in life is LOVE. This is the gift that Gloria gave to me almost 30 years ago when I entered the doors of a fellowship. In those days “Glo” was riding the most beautiful, purple Harley Davidson with the her favorite design, the unicorn, and of course the leather tassels hanging from the handle bars. We have shared a friendship that has lasted all these years with Glo sharing with me and I with her the relationship of love. Thank you Glo for all you shared with so many lives that you touched. As our eternity statement reads,”we have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed.” You have now joined the fellowship of the spirit, God Bless you Glo.

  • janice parker says:

    I knew Gloria for many years..having worked in kelowna post office with her..and have many fond memories of her during that time..it was a pleasure to have known her…i have followed her fight with the courts and am proud of her accomplishments…rip gloria..you will be missed

  • Lynn-dell Gibson says:

    First thing that comes to mind when I think of Gloria is ”Purple” and ”angels” , now she is one of them ..She messaged me last week and told me to watch Fifth Estate on Friday October 12th .I laughed and replyed ,, I won’t forget because thats my birthday .I then marked it on the calendar ”Gloria” She will be sadly missed by all that new and loved her.My condolences to all the family .,especially to her treasured grandaughter ”Gabby” ~~

  • Louise Goreas says:

    Dearest Gloria;
    You are no longer impaired in any way, and I smile to know you are up, up, and away.
    You were a light and inspiration in my life, and I am forever changed for the better for having known you. I will always remember our late nite phone conversations with joy and laughter. Love Always, Louise xxx

  • Carol Taylor says:

    Gloria’s courage to speak on behalf of others for choice in a dignified end of life is her legacy. I am grateful for her strength, her humour and her life.

  • Heather Cockerline says:

    To Grace’s family: I am very sorry for your loss. We have walked in your shoes as we lost my Dad in just over one year ago to this devastating and horrible disease. Please accept my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Barb and Wayne says:

    Gloria was a woman of great strength and determination. She was always very open about her condition.Dear Gabrielle(“I don’t want you to suffer ,grandma) gave her strength to fight.
    I still carry the letter and photos from “her last seafood Christmas dinner” and she was around 4 years after that! I will always remember the sparkle in her eyes.May her family find strength in the love she had for you all. We all will keep fighting for the right to die with dignity…as Gloria would want her beliefs to carry-on.There is an Eskimo saying ” Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy”. R.I.P.Gloria****

  • Gerry McNeill says:

    To the family and friends of Gloria I offer my heartfelt condolences.I met Gloria in my activities as walk Coordinator for ALS and worked closely with her in her Motorcycle ride for ALS. She had a great spirit, a warm heart and a good sense of humour.

  • April says:

    you had the courage to “change the things you could…and the wisdom to know the difference”… may God bless your spirit eternally…

  • Herb & Sandi Giddings says:

    My husband & I lived in Village Green MHP 12 yrs ago and we knew Gloria as Park Manager. Gloria lived life on her terms, if she believed in something no stopping her from doing it or fighting for it. I admire her most for the battle she fought against the courts. No matter how sick she was, ALS was not going to interfere with her agenda she was going to fight for the right to die with dignity and she was determine to win. We supported her cause 100% she did what she needed to do and although ALS won out she really won because she had ALS not ALS had her. I am glad that she saw the winning of the court battle.To her family be proud of her and hold her near and dear to your hearts and our prayers and thoughts are with you. Gloria was a Rock Star.

    • Michele Rafuse says:

      Dear Family of a beautiful lady and humanitarian,

      I am so proud to have had the privilege of getting to know Gloria through the Fifth Estate. I cried more than once. I am so happy she won the battle and knew that she won the battle. I wanted Sue to win too but that didn’t happen. Gloria’s granddaughter has alot of Gloria’s qualities, mainly, one of bravery. I am so touched by both of them. Thank-you Gloria, I will never forget you. Sincerely, Michele Rafuse, Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Arnoud Boek says:

    My heart goes out to the whole family. I will never forget the warm love she gave the first time you brought me home Jay. I remember her embrace and how she always made me laugh. She always had a strong sense of advocacy for everything she believed in. You and her will always have a place in my heart. Sending much love.

  • Larry Poloway says:

    how I appreciate the time we spent together and the many emails we shared ..your laugh will live on with me always .. I keep looking at my computer for emails from heaven..
    What an Honour it was .. love you always..You have left a legacy while asking for something that was yours all along

  • Barbara Mills says:

    I never had the pleasure of her acquaintance but I would like to thank Gloria Jean Taylor for bravely going where so many others could not in order to make it easier for those that follow. A woman who made a difference.

  • Janice Steen says:

    My sincerest condolences to Glo’s family and loved ones – I know she had many. Gloria was a remarkable woman and I will never forget her. I have many fond memories of our fun times together so long ago. I know Ken and her will enjoy a never-ending motorcycle ride. Rest in Peace Glo

  • Jo Showalter says:

    My condolences to Gloria,s family, have known her for many years. She helped so many people through the years and was always loving to all her friends. Love Jo Showalter

  • Arlene Coulter says:

    Gloria I had the honor and joy of meeting you many years ago. We had the chance to reconnect a couple of years ago and I am so glad we did. You were a warrior for those that needed it. You stood for what was right. So many of us are better people for knowing you. I will miss you but I know you are in a better place with those who have gone on before you. I am sure you are shaking up heaven a bit riding with Tom and Butch. Ride in Peace dear lady. This is how I will always remember you

  • Sandy Wilcox says:

    I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Gloria every Friday morning, for two years at the Community Policing office when we first opened in Westbank. How I looked forward to those mornings, and the friendship we shared. Gloria, you fought a gallant battle with grace and determination, and I am proud to call you ‘friend’. I hope you have everything that you ever wanted in purple, forever. I will miss you. Love to you and your family.

  • Elizabeth McLean says:

    Thank you Gloria for fighting for rights for everyone.

  • dennis says:

    gloria we did the party bartending for yrs and we didnt keep in touch. but i lost 1 of my best friends. sorry you had to go, but i’ll see you later save me a seat. love dennis

  • Sherilynn Babaeff says:

    Sending my thoughts, prayers and love to all of the family…but especially thinking of my dear friend Anne Fominoff during this time with the loss of a very beautiful woman…her daughter Gloria. Love you Anne

  • Terry says:

    I didnt know you but I watched your fight for all of our rights. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace now and know you done something Very good for all Canadians.
    Condolences to your family, may happy memories help them through their loss. Your fight is over now and hopefully we can continue the battle and make it happen for all who need it.

  • Flore & Co Langeslag says:

    Condolence to your entire family and I am sure your friends will miss you so much. You are vibrant, cheerful, determined and you know exactlywhat your sufferings and you want others not to suffer and through the unmeasurable pain. I will always remember you when you came for your treatment that you always shared how was your day and what you are going through. I was speechless during those moments but I can only listen give support. I believe in dying with dignity when time comes I will do the same request for what you believed.
    You left a legacy and i hope the government follow through to ease the life of people like you and no sufferings. I will remember your sweet smiles and opening the door for you each time you came for treatment.
    May you rest in peace. Flore Langeslag

  • terra reindl says:

    Gabrielle..we met you and your Grandma when we saw you on TV on Oct 12. You were so brave and smart; you spoke so well. We’re thinking of you as you go through these first weeks of this new version of your life. Even though you were long prepared for this eventuality, it’s okay to be very sad. Alot of people have you in their hearts.

  • Marilyn Fedak says:

    I was so sorry to here of Gloria’s passing. I have been away for 4 weeks so did not here until I got home. My condolences go out to all the family especially Ann and Gabrielle. Gloria will be greatly missed by all who lives she touched. She was a women of compassion and cared deeply for others. I worked with her for 12 years and these qualities she always showed for the people she looked after and her co workers. Gloria I know you are in a better place right now free from your ALS and having a party with your Dad. May God Bless you and keep you until we meet again.

  • Ava says:

    I wish I had met Gloria. Held her hand, looked her in the eye and ask How can I help you beautiful brace lady? The world lost a free, interesting woman who had so much more life to live. May she rest in piece free from pain and her broken body

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