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TAYLOR, Jayson “Jay”

May 2, 1971 — January 11, 2022

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a legend, Jayson Del Taylor, on January 11, 2022, while surrounded by his family after a long hard battle with cancer.

Jay was a loving father, devoted son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, loyal friend to many, and a warm-hearted, faithful family man.

Jayson was born in Kelowna, BC on May 2, 1971, he went to Belgo Elementary and graduated from R.S.S. in 1989. After school, Jay worked at Deep Six Enterprises as a truck driver, then moved to the coast and worked for Neptune as one as well. Shortly thereafter, he landed a job at Smurfit MBI. During those days at Smurfit, Jay met Kimberly and his life took a different direction; a year and a half after courting, they married.

They bought their first home in Tsawwassen, BC and had their first child, Sydney. With all the struggles of parenthood and their desire to have their children supported by family, they left the coast to come back to their homeland, Kelowna. Jay sought after a position at Crown Packaging, where he achieved the position of Shipping Manager. During his time there, Jay and Kimberly embraced the arrival of their second daughter Sophia and their family was complete!

After the plant closure, he took on a new career direction in Network Engineering. He worked a short time at school district 23 as an IT tech before he was hired on by Telus as a service tech and remained there until his passing. In 2018, Jay was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and admirably fought a long, hard battle with the utmost strength and tenacity before passing on January 11 at 1:50 AM, he was 50 years old.

Jayson loved everything outdoors; hunting, fishing, and exploring the woods was where he thrived. Jayson loved all things electronic and gadget. He loved his home and all his comforts, and was a true creature of habit. His girls and family were his world. He was loved by so many and will leave a huge hole in all of our hearts.

He leaves behind his committed wife of 21 years, Kimberly; their 2 beautiful girls, Sydney Grace Iris and Sophia Anna Lynn; his devoted mother Diane; brother Cory (Michele); his special mother-in-law Pat; brother in law Chris (Ana) and family; sister-in-law Tamra; uncle Ed Helfrick (Gloria) and family; his large extended family, cousins, nieces, & nephews, and the entire Hansen clan; and his band of brothers Dan Ross (Taryn), Dallas Blake, Keith Kepes (Tammy), Kevin D’Costa, and all of their immediate families. Jay was sadly predeceased by his father, John Eugene Taylor (d. 2001) and father-in-law Dell Hansen (d. 2017), and brother-in-law David Gellatley (d. 2020).

A Celebration of Life will be held to honour Jayson on SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022, AT 1:00 PM (PST), at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. All are welcome to attend. For those unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency – Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior.

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 SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022, AT 1:00 PM (PST)

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The service for TAYLOR, Jayson “Jay” is scheduled for  SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022, AT 1:00 PM (PST). 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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  • Pat Hansen. (mother in Law) says:

    There will be a big void in our hearts as we come to terms with loosing you Jay, we watched you struggle for so long and now we want you to rest . You fought the battle as long as anyone could endure and you did it well. Thank you for being my son in law and my friend. Love you forever. 🙏🏻♥️

  • Kristy Colpron (Franzen) says:

    Jay was an incredible friend to me during a challenging time in my life many many years ago. I will always be so grateful for his friendship. He was a genuine and true person. Holding you in my heart, Diane, thank you for your always open door and open bingo invitation. Hearing of Jay’s passing is just devastating.

  • Angel Taylor says:

    Sending love and strength to everyone during one of the hardest things to deal with. We love you Cuz forever and for always! You will be missed.

  • Julie Fiorentino says:

    Dear Kimberly, Sydney, Sophia, Ana, Christian and family,
    I was saddened to read about the passing of Jay. I have many memories of the times he came into the classroom to support Sophia at our special Parent and Child celebrations. Jay was an involved parent who embraced the fun and games we played at these events. I remember his kind nature and the way he always made me feel appreciated. Sophia, may this photo bring back memories of your wonderful father and be a reminder of his love and desire to always be there for you. Keeping the Taylors in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Julie Fiorentino
    Sophia’s Grade 1 Teacher

  • Carson says:

    My dear Diane and family ,
    I am so sorry to hear about Jaysons passing, I know you loved him dearly , and from all the stories you told me and many times we talked about him
    , you were proud – sounds like he was a very lucky man to be so loved by his Mom and all of his family – such a heartbreaking time. Hugs to you Diane ,
    Love , Carson

  • Jaime Spielmann says:

    Jay is looking down with so much love for you and the girls Kimberly. He fought so hard and is now at peace. Sending love and healing to your whole family,
    Jaime and Justin

  • Janice Winckers says:

    Kimberly, you and your daughters have been in my thoughts, I am so very sorry for your family’s loss.

  • Leanne and Joe Pastore says:

    Our sincerest condolences to Kimberly and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Michelle & family says:

    Kim, Sydney, Sophia, Pat & family,
    Sending you all our love and deepest sympathy.
    Fly high Jay. RIP

  • Sabrina, Bianca and Adrian says:

    Jay, thank you for being a part of our lives. Our memories of time spent together as a family and just you and I contemplating this thing called “life” (wink, wink-you know where I’m going with that:) will hopefully fill the void in our hearts. Heaven has gained another Angel, you are free of pain…rest now…Love you.

  • Matt and Jay Perich says:

    Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times…. Our sincere condolences to Kim, Sydney and Sophia and the whole family. May he rest in peace!

  • Rita Schulting says:

    Dear Diane, my long time devoted friend; my fond memories of Jay and his younger brother Cory, remain vivid in my mind as it was yesterday. Living down the street from you and watching your boys and my girls growing up happens way too fast. I recall Jay’s modelling picture, he was such a handsome young man who became a father of two beautiful girls. Diane, I know how it feels to lose a child and I am so sorry you and your family had to endure the pain and suffering through a long hard fight that Jay had to deal with. You as a mother Diane, always put your boys first, no matter what, and I know in my heart that Jay knew you had his back at all times. My deepest condolences go out to you my friend and all the family. Jay will be forever in your hearts and missed dearly by his family and friends. God bless you all and rest in peace Jay as you no longer need to suffer.

  • Jenni & Shane Benz says:

    Know you are supported and being held in the palms of Jesus. Sending you love, comfort and peace. You are not alone. Sydney, Sophia, Kimberly and family, Jay and for the girls your Dad is watching over you. He will always be just a thought away. We are all connected.
    Life is a journey and a walking experience of which we leave behind so many emotions, feelings, memories which others can call upon at any time and know we are there.
    Celebrate his life knowing he is now at peace and an Angel in Heaven. Our hearts go out to you, sending Love

  • Norman & Jennifer Haw says:

    Kimberly, Sydney, Sophia, Pat and all of Jay’s family
    Our hearts go out to you. Such a big loss of such a kind a wonderful man 💔

  • Zimmer Family says:

    Sending all our love to you, Kim, Sydney, Sophia and family, during this time of deep sorrow and loss.
    We loved Jay and he will always live in our hearts as a friend who was constant, steady, quick to laugh, kind… a rock. He was there for us at all times… even putting a home phone into their bedroom in case, while my husband worked away, I’d ever be in trouble or need help. Jay was the first to shovel my driveway, the first to help out anyone in need, with a huge smile and the most lovable soul. Jay will be dearly missed by the Zimmer family.… but remain close in our hearts in our beautiful memories of raising our little ones together. Thank you Jay for all the beauty you added into our lives. Kim… you gave your life for him each step of the way. You have walked in strength and dignity, hand in hand with God as your strength. He will hold you and the girls. Love to you all and we are with you in spirit even if unable to be physically with you tomorrow.
    With all our love,
    Danny, Kirsten, Jake and Lane

  • Darren & Lisa Stregger says:

    Kimberly, Sydney, Sophia, Pat and all of Jay’s family. We’re deeply saddened by your lose. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we are sharing in your sorrow. We will never forget Jay, and are grateful to have had him in our lives. Love Darren, Lisa & Cole Stregger

  • Martin & Ciaara says:

    Our hearts go out to Kimberly, Sydney, Sophia and everyone who loved Jay.
    Please know that your friends love you and are here for you.
    Love Martin & Ciaara

  • Sierra & Andy Ciancone & Family says:

    Kim, Sydney, Sophia, and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss, it was a long, hard battle ❤️ You guys are in our thoughts and we are sending lots of love ❤️

  • Tarnya & Brian says:

    Kimberly, Sydney & Sophia, our deepest love goes out to you. Jay’s soul has found peace and rest. May years of wonderful memories fill your hearts and comfort you endlessly. Kimberly, your love and devotion is one of magnificent proportions; your strength, undeniable. Girls, you were his world; he will always be by your side; the brightest star in the night sky. You are so loved.

  • Jenny Beatty says:

    Sending so much love and strength to you all during this time. Witnessing all of your journey for the past few years has been very inspiring. May you continue to have strength as you are held by the love around you and lifelong memories of a brave man who was able to stay bright right until his flame dimmed. Much love, Jenny

  • Tammy Chase (Taylor) says:

    Sending my condolences to the family. Jayson was not only a good friend in high school he was also my cousin and will be dearly missed.

  • David Hatton says:

    We are so saddened by the loss for your family and offer all our prayers during this time for you and your family. Jay will always watch over you and will forever have a place in your hearts. – Love David, Krista, & Evie

  • Catherine (Senko) Mclean says:

    Went to High school with Him! So Sorry!

  • Sue Nelson says:

    Dear Kimberly, Thank you for sharing Jay with me. His celebration of life has given us a glimpse of the man you love so dearly. I can not begin to fathom the loss you must feel & the void that will be left. My heartfelt condolences go out to you, Sydney, Sophia & family.
    You remain in my prayers. Love you my friend. xo

  • Aunt Iris says:

    Kim & family,
    My thoughts are with you. Sending my love.❤️

  • Tammy Taylor says:

    I’m so sorry about Jay , he was the sweetest guy with such a heart of gold my heart goes out to you all . Love you all Tammy Taylor

  • Trisha Eddy-Wright and Jim Wright says:

    Kim, we are so sorry for your loss.
    We send our thoughts to you and your family. Trisha and Jim

  • Jeff Cruickshank says:

    Many of us in our lives are fortunate enough to be part of a team. A work team, a sports team, a community team. Whatever the team, it’s a group of people who have come together for a common purpose. Jay was part of our TELUS team and we are proud to call him a teammate. Most teams experience the highs and lows, work together, solve problems together, laugh together and are forever bonded together as teammates. Jay, you always will be a part of our TELUS team. And, as you watch over us, if you learn the secret of how to contact other TELUS departments without waiting on hold, could you please share it with us? We’d certainly appreciate it.
    Sincerely, your West Kelowna TELUS Team

  • Shannon says:

    Kimberly, Sydney, Sophia, both Mamas and extended family…
    There are no words for such a loss. Sending deep sympathy and praying for peace and comfort as you grieve. Jay will be with you for always.
    “Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories”

  • Kathy Kakoschke says:

    Kimberly and girls, my heart is with you as you mourn the loss of your husband, father, friend. I never had the privilege of meeting him but our deep conversations Kim often involved sharing about our loved ones. You are an amazing strong woman, and you and Jay raised beautiful wonderful girls. Thoughts and prayers being sent your way along with much love.

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