August 2, 1930 – August 31, 2019
Eleanor May Taylor (nee Jones) was born 2 August 1930 in Milltown, New Brunswick to Thomas William Jones and Margaret Stewart Moyes, the youngest of 10 children. Eleanor received a Lord Beaverbrook scholarship to University of New Brunswick in 1948, at a time when few women attended. She left in 1949, to care for her mother, who died in 1952.
Eleanor joined the RCAF after her mother’s death. She met William Alexander Taylor, also of the RCAF in Clinton, Ontario in 1952. They married in 1953. 3 children followed. Margaret (1954). Heather (1957). Brian (1959). The family moved around Canada and France, during the Cold War, arriving in North Bay in 1967.
Eleanor entered Teacher’s College at 37, winning the gold medal. She taught for the Nipissing Board of Education in North Bay from 1968-1989. She received a BA (Honours) in History in 1973, while teaching full time. In 1984, she received an MA in Education. She was a reading specialist, a special ed. teacher and vice principal when she retired in 1989. Bill Taylor retired from his second career in teaching that year too. They spent 12 years in southern Texas as snowbirds. She played tennis until age 75, receiving many medals in McAllen, Texas for her doubles’ games. At age 80, she could still deliver a mean serve.
She was at her best around small children. She was active in her church, tennis, bridge and visiting her growing family, from Maine to BC frequently. Bill and Eleanor celebrated 65 years of marriage in October 2018.
Her husband William (Bill) Taylor passed away in March 2019 in Salmon Arm, BC. Eleanor passed away on 31 August 2019, at age 89 in Orillia, Ontario. Left to mourn are Marg (Chris), Heather (Ken), Brian (Lana) and grandchildren Liam (Sofia), Loren, Lis (Paul), and James (Jill), Kayleigh and Abby (Billy), Tim (Megan), Alex, and Joe. Greatgrandchildren Luke, Elsa, Johan, Frieda and Jackson, Grady, Lachlan, Maelle and Meleena, Jayce, Isabelle, Sage.
The family would like to thank Dr. McMordie, staff at Leacock Manor and Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion. Donations to The Salvation Army or any charity of your choice. A service is planned in September in Orillia, Ontario.
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