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William Edward ‘Bill’ Taylor Passes

Published: December 7, 2017 1:19 pm ET

Last Comment: December 12, 2017 4:49 pm ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Trot Insider has learned that William ‘Bill' Taylor, former chief of security (Standardbred division) for the Ontario Jockey Club, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 5 at Etobicoke General Hospital at the age of 95.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Valerie (1999). Loving father of Donald (Lois) and dear grandfather of Jonathan (Carolyn) and Matthew. Bill served his country during WWII in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was the proprietor of Taylor’s Meat Market on Dundas St. in Etobicoke from 1946 to 1965. He was chief of security for the former Ontario Jockey Club, Standardbred Division during the 1970s and ‘80s.

Bill will be missed by many, including caring neighbours from the Lion’s Gate community (where he lived from 1981 to 2015), and his special friends from the Dorking, Ont. area.

Many thanks to the wonderful and loving staff of Westside Long Term Care, where Bill lived for the last two-plus years of his life.

Friends are invited to a Celebration of Bill’s life, which will take place on Tuesday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the lower hall at St. Giles Kingsway Presbyterian Church, which is located at 15 Lambeth Road, Etobicoke, M9A 2Y6 (416-233-8591). Please enter the church through the parking lot side doors and proceed down stairs.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Bill Taylor.

December 12, 2017 - 4:49 pmBill was the 1st person I

Jim Lee SAID...

Bill was the 1st person I met back at Greenwood Racetrack in the late 70's.His office was a trailer that was parked inside the security gate off the Coxwell St entrance. Truly a wonderful classy gentleman. Rest in Piece Mr Taylor

December 9, 2017 - 6:30 pmRIP Mr.Taylor - one of the

RIP Mr.Taylor - one of the nicest gentlemen I ever had the pleasure to know in or out of the sport. All class and always with a friendly, warm smile to greet you. You made living and working on the backstretch tolerable and dare I say it... fun for the unsung heroes who not only worked there but lived there. My sincerest condolences to Mr.Taylor's family and his many, many friends and acquaintances.

December 7, 2017 - 5:15 pm"Rest in Peace" Mr. Taylor. I

"Rest in Peace" Mr. Taylor. I lived and worked on the OJC circuit during the years Bill was there. He was a wonderful, classy, man and was fair and nice to everyone. He had a fun loving spirit and was great to be around him and chat anytime.

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