J. Allyn Taylor
TAYLOR John Allyn Taylor, OC, peacefully at his home in London, Ontario on Saturday, June 17, 2006 in his 100th year. Beloved husband of Betty, nee Haig (1999), loving father of Ann Fleming (Bill) of London, Ontario, Lynn Graham (John) of Ottawa, Ontario and John (Margaret Kirk) of Picton, Ontario. Proud grandfather of Stephanie and Jennifer Fleming, Andrew, Anna and Jeffrey Graham, and Meaghan and Ashley Taylor. The family wishes to thank the V.O.N. for the care and companionship provided to Allyn over the last five years. Allyn was an accomplished business leader and a dedicated philanthropist. Born in Winnipeg in 1907, he received his BA at the University of Manitoba in 1928. In 1935 he joined the company that would become Canada Trust and moved to its head office in London, Ontario in 1943. His career in Canada Trust spanned more than four decades, culminating in appointments as President and Chairman of the Board. He also served on the boards of many of Canadas leading companies and as President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Allyn was a proud Canadian and Londoner. His philanthropy included service as first chair of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario, founder and chair of the London Community Foundation, and chair of the Ontario Press Council. He believed passionately in the importance of medical research, serving as chair of the University Hospital (London) and the Robarts Research Institute and helping to found the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He received numerous awards including the Order of Canada, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and the YMCA Fellowship of Honour (Canada). Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London, Ontario. A service of celebration for his life will be held at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 280 St. James St. at Wellington, London, on Thursday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m., The Rev. Canon Donald R. Ford officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Elizabeth C. Taylor Memorial Fund (for Alzheimers support) at the London Community Foundation, 130 King St., London, ON N6A 1C5, the J. Allyn Taylor Cell Biology Unit at the Robarts Research Institute, PO Box 5015, 100 Perth Drive, London, Ontario N6A 5K8, or the charity of your choice will be gratefully accepted.
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