December 21, 1953 – November 20, 2019
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Garry Taylor as a result of complications following surgery. Garry died on November 20th at Abbotsford
Regional Hospital despite the best efforts of doctors at Abbotsford and Chilliwack hospitals.He was 65. Garry Douglas Taylor was born December 21, 1953 in Vancouver. He attended
John Oliver Secondary where he was a gifted athlete playing both basketball and football. Garry leaves behind his loving wife Dara, two daughters Jessica (Justin) and Melissa (Andrew) and three beautiful grandchildren. Garry was the oldest of his four siblings. He is survived by his brother Robert (Bev) and his two sisters Teresa (Bill) and Karen (Shawn).
Garry spent his whole teaching career (36 years) at Sardis Secondary School. He was the Social Studies Department Head at Sardis and taught Grade 11 Social Studies and Geography 12 to literally thousands of students. A well respected educator every student fortunate enough to have Mr. Taylor as a teacher learned about the history of Canada and the physical geography of our planet. Garry was committed to improving his knowledge of the subjects he taught. Every year he volunteered to go to Victoria and mark provincial examinations
and to help write curriculum. A fierce competitor on the basketball and tennis courts, Garry was one of only a few teachers who could keep up with the Grade 12 boys until retirement.
Garry spent countless hours coaching basketball, football and golf at Sardis. After retirement, Garry went to work as a teacher at Mountain Institution in Agassiz. When the Correction Service of Canada decided to take over from the contract provider in 2016, Garry was one of very few contract teachers retained by CSC and offered a permanent position. He was still working at Mountain school when he was hospitalized in September 2019.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Garry on Sunday, December 15th from 1-3 pm at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club onYale Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Garry’s name.
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