Memorial Service for Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor
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The RYAN TAYLOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND as been setup to honour Ryan's memory. This  annual scholarship will be provided for education purposes. Details regarding qualifications and the application process are being formalized. More details will be provided later.

To donate to this fund, please make cheques (checks) payable to the University of Toronto, and forward to 30 Wellington Street East, Suite 2002 Toronto ON M5E 1S3. ATTN: L St Denis. A tax receipt will be issued for all donations $25.00 and up.

At the end of this message, you will find the obituary prepared by the family...

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On the personal side: I will miss Ryan's charm and his warm smile. He was always very caring, and often sensed when I was overwhelmed or upset. He would always ask what he could do to help, he would always offer to listen. Ryan noticed so much: a new hair style, a new suit, etc. and he would compliment. This was Ryan, although extremely well respected in the genealogical community, he always had time and concern for others. I'll miss you Ryan...

Louise St Denis



TAYLOR, Ronald Ryan Wilbert (1950-2006) Genealogist/Librarian

The unexpected passing of Ron (Ryan) Taylor on Sept. 25, 2006 is announced with deep sadness. Ron was characterized by warmth, thoughtfulness and generosity, and beloved as a son, brother, uncle and great-uncle to an extent he perhaps did not realize. He was born in Oshawa, Ontario, the dear son of Velma (Woodward) and the late Charles Taylor, and is also mourned by his brother Doug (the late Tish), his sister Pat (Robert) Hursti, his nieces and nephews Nelson (Sheila) Hursti, Laura (Bruce) Dawson, Andrew (Maria) Taylor and Gillian Taylor, as well as seven grandnieces and grandnephews.

Ron was an esteemed and popular genealogist who had worked at his chosen field since his teen-age years. He published and lectured extensively in his profession, gaining a reputation for his research capabilities and lively speaking style. For the Taylor and Woodward families, he was our own family researcher, recorder and raconteur whose forty years of gathering family tree information and anecdotes is a cherished legacy.

He will be greatly mourned and long missed, not only by his family and colleagues in the genealogical world, but also by his wide circle of friends. There will be a private family funeral service to be followed at a later date by a memorial celebration. Funeral arrangements by McIntosh-Anderson Funeral Home, 152 King St E, Oshawa, Ont. Telephone 905-433-5558.

Ryan was a faculty member of the University of Toronto and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies' online education program. The Ryan Taylor Scholarship Fund has been established through the University of Toronto to provide annual scholarships. To make a donation, please make your cheque payable to: University of Toronto; please reference 'The Ryan Taylor Scholarship Fund' on your cheque and mail to the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, ATTN: Louise St Denis, 30 Wellington Street East, Suite 2002, Toronto, Ont. M5E 1S3. A tax receipt will be issued. Charitable donations may also be sent to the Canadian Bible Society.

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