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Robert Neil Taylor

May 31, 1927 ~ July 10, 2019 (age 92)

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Robert Neil Taylor, loving husband of Isabel, passed away at the age of 92. Neil was born on May 31, 1927 in Edmonton, AB to Geoffrey and Jean (Millar) Taylor.

Neil attended the University of Alberta, played both hockey and football for the Golden Bears, and graduated with a degree in geology in 1948. He married Isabel (Short) in 1950 in Medicine Hat, AB. Isabel was, and remained, the deep love of his life.

Neil’s successful career in geological exploration took him, Isabel, and their family of five children to new cities, countries, and continents. His love of exploration permeated life with his children, as he and Isabel led them on hikes filled with discussions of rocks, plants and animals, camping trips, and travels throughout America, Europe, and Asia. Most vacations weren’t complete without a visit to a mine or other geological marvel.  After reaching an international leadership position, Neil retired and he and Isabel continued their travels, eventually visiting six continents.

Neil had a passion for nature and beauty. He enjoyed watching birds and he and Isabel filled their home with art and photography from their travels. His love of family was reflected in the hours he spent researching and compiling the family history and capturing precious moments in photos and film.  To his colleagues, friends and family he was known as a person of calm strength, integrity, and great kindness.

Neil will live on in the hearts of Isabel and his children Sherry (Jim Laviolette), Ann (Olaf Wirsching), Gordon (Eveline Milliken), Andrew (Carole née de Blois), and Hugh (Leslie Allen); his eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Isabel and his children have gathered for a private family service and are compiling a collection of stories about Neil’s life in his honour.  Comments or stories added to the tribute wall of this website may be added to the collection, or if you prefer, email your stories to Gordon Taylor at In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a charity of choice.

Condolences may be directed to the family through 250-494-7752.

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