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Jean Taylor

Jean Louise Taylor (Coldwell)

Sunday, August 9th, 2020
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Obituary

TAYLOR, Jean Louise (nee Coldwell) — Peacefully passed away at Campbellford Memorial Hospital, August 9, 2020 in her 92nd year. Born in Port Williams (Annapolis Valley), Nova Scotia. Wife of the late Don Taylor. Dear mother of Barbara (Bob) of Bracebridge, John (Jane) of New Hampshire/California, Pete (Carla) of Vancouver. Grandmother of Sean, Kyra, Chloe, and Harrison. Daughter of the late Cecil and Dorothy Coldwell. Sister of the late Bryce Coldwell. Loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Family will gather for a celebration of life at a later date. Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Havelock, Ontario. Online condolences at www.brettfuneralchapels.com
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Carla

Posted at 11:57am
I have such warm memories of "Grandma". Starting with the very early days when we would go and spend weekends with the Taylor family. Even as young adults she would take the time to do Easter egg hunts for us and always kept us fed and comfortable. The weekends for me were so filled with warmth I would often get teary eyed with the farewells in the drive way. Once we arrived home we were always told to call them and let the phone ring a couple of times,, just to know we were safe. Jean would softly encourage me to call her by a name that felt comfortable with after initially calling her Mrs Taylor,, she would say you can even start to call me Pat if you like, or Mom or Jean. She was the most amazing caretaker of her husband until his final days which definitely was very hard. Jean also took great care of her mother Dorothy into her final days. They had such a special relationship joking around together both incredible women. I feel thankful that my husband had such an incredible mother as his strong relationship with her transfers now into how he deals with women. I see a little of Jean also passed through to both of the kids so her memory will continue on even though she will be missed dearly.

Carla

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Pete Taylor

Posted at 08:44pm
A few memories of Mom:
As many of us parents are, she was the taxi driver in the family, taking us kids wherever we needed or wanted to be.

She totally supported me in my love of hockey in my younger years. Being the only other sports fan in the house no one else would. She braved the cold early morning practices and came to every game. For those extra early games or practices when I was really young, I would put on most of my equipment at home. She would get up earlier than me and lay out the equipment and long underwear in front of the heat vent to warm it up, then wake me to get ready. Always thinking of others in front of herself.

I always liked to accompany my Mom everywhere I could when I was young. I would scan the papers for coupons or sales and go grocery shopping with her every week. She would always drive my brother to music lessons across town and wait in the car for the hour of the lesson. I would always go with her and sit in the car and read and/or talk while we waited.

Although she hated eating fish and the smell of fish, she would drive us to local rivers to fish and wait in the car for hours. Or on holidays at Balsam lake she would happily fry up our catch while eating something else for herself.

She was always kind and generous with her time, to our family and even volunteering in helping mentally disabled kids when she had her own three young kids to deal with.

Mom would always love to joke around and have a laugh. We had a lot of fun playing card games and backgammon and doing puzzles together. Sometimes she even used to get physical with my brother and I and some of our friends and would threaten to 'sit on us' (and did!) if we didn't stop doing something annoying and she would pin us down as we all howled with laughter.

Mom would play euchre with her friends every month or so and she would be out 'late'. Likely home by 11pm but to me it was late. So many times I would wake up and check if she was home and if she wasn't I would wait in the living room staring out the window worried about her…

She was always there for us, always had a dinner on the table for us. Always tried to give us a few dollars to help with gas for the car when we used to visit her and Dad after they moved to Havelock. Even kept doing that at Island Park.

Even with Mom's busy schedule and tasks of keeping up the household and trucking us all around she found time for her own activities. She loved to go horseback riding and would always try something new -like skiing - she did try downhill skiing at the local 'bump' of a hill near Oakville but also ended up doing some cross country.

Mom was a great caregiver to my Dad, who battled cancer for 10 years before passing away. I think this wore her down and perhaps she didn't take as good care of herself as she should have, ultimately resulting in the circulation issues and loss of her leg. She met difficult situations head on and outwardly accepted them without much of a complaint.

She always supported us in our relationships and welcomed our partners wholeheartedly into the family. She loved hearing from her grandkids and seeing them whenever they could visit.
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Susan Taylor

Posted at 10:17am
We will certainly miss Aunt Jean. Time has separated us all but we still have our memories. Where to start, there are so many. She will be missed by all she has touched.
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Lisah Gert D’Angelo

Posted at 04:14pm
She was such a kind and caring person .Her courage and spunk in difficult times are to be greatly admired.
I remember when she visited Vancouver and we all celebrated Mother’s Day together at Furry Creek.
She was vivacious and interesting and of course adored her family.
She will be greatly missed but the beautiful memories will be passed on.

Lisah Gert D’Angelo
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