Gordie Taylor

Born: Sun., Mar. 29, 1953
Died: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019


Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Tue., Oct. 29, 2019
Location: Holy Family Church


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Gordon Joseph Taylor
(March 29, 1953- October 23, 2019)
Sydney Mines

It is with profound sadness that we, the family of Gordon (Gordie) Joseph Taylor, 66, announce his passing after a short and courageous battle with cancer.  Gordie passed away peacefully on October 23, 2019 surrounded by his loving wife of 43 years Nadine (MacNeil), and his children, daughter Alana (Sean), and son Kyle (Lisa).  
Gordie was born in the very early hours of March 29th 1953. Growing up in North Sydney across from Marine Atlantic was just the beginning of his lifelong relationship with the strait crossing.  He retired as Senior Buyer after a remarkable 41-year career, with Marine Atlantic.  Gordie’s door was never closed, a true testament to his welcoming personality and willingness to help anyone he could.  He held his relationships with the purchasing team very dear to his heart. Gordie had an adventurous, humorous personality, his favorite saying being “I’ve got a little job for you”.   He truly left everyone around him with so many wonderful memories of all his good deeds and moments of giving.  
He developed a passion for sports at a very early age.  He put on his first pair of skates at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love with the game of Hockey.  Gordie was considered to be one of the most skilled goaltenders in Cape Breton in the seventies.  He played junior hockey with the Northside Vics and thrived in intense competitions. In 2017, he was inducted into the Northside Sports Hall of fame with the Sydney Mines Colts, the 1979 Maritime intermediate hockey champions.  Gordie played his last game at the age of 58, in the Vince Ryan Tournament (family division).  One of his fondest hockey memories was stepping onto the ice to play with son Kyle, and son in law, Sean. Not only was Gordie a talented goaltender, he was also a true sportsman. He instilled in his children what he firmly believed not only in sports, but all aspects of his life: it is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.  
Gordie was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Clifford Taylor, mother and father-in-law, Frances and Steven MacNeil and extended family Ronnie and Brendan Mac Neil.  Near and dear to Gordon was his relationships with his siblings  and extended family.  Left to miss him dearly are his mom’s sidekick (his aunt Sadie), brother David (Arlene), Little Harbour, NS; and sisters Darlene (Gordon Carter), Georges River; and Anne (Scott Mosher), Halifax; and extended family Danny (Carol), Illinois USA; Brian (Rita), the late Brendon (June), Valeria (John), David (Sandra), Paula (Phil), Flora (Freddy), Melodie (Bob). He will also be deeply missed by many, many, nieces and nephews.
Even in retirement, he didn’t stray too far from water and thoroughly enjoyed cruising to many far-off places.  But nothing gave Gordie more joy than spending time at Taylorville, on MacKinnon’s Harbour with his family and friends.  The past 7 years have been especially joyful as Gordon watched his 3 grandchildren (his ultimate pride and joy) Taylor, Declan, and Ethan make wonderful memories.  We hold all our memories of boat parades, bon fires, and beach adventures very close to our hearts, particularly the memories we made this past summer.
We are especially grateful to Drs. Elizabeth MacCormick, Ryan Kelly, and Peter Poulos, very special nurses Ms. Holly Winn, Mr. Brett Gillis, and the Cape Breton Palliative Care team for their compassionate care throughout Gordon’s illness.
Arrangements have been entrusted to J.M. Jobes Funeral Home in Sydney Mines. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at the Holy Family Church in Sydney Mines on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 10am, with Fr. Jim Oliver officiating.  A committal service will be held in Iona, the date to be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask for donations of children’s hockey equipment to the Northside Minor Hockey Association in his memory, to give all children in the community the opportunity to play the sport that Gordon so dearly loved. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

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Patricia MacEachern Estabrooks
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Dear Nadine and Family:
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Ben/Heather Young
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Our deepest condolences to to Taylor/MacNeil Families on the loss of Gordie , our thoughts and prayers are with you and may he rest with the Angels, RIP Gordie

Bern and Norma Dugas
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to Nadine and family... Our friend Gordie will be missed by many... Hugs to all ... PS...Christmas Eve won't be the same !!! We always looked forward to Gordie and Sean's visit ..💖

Bert moulton
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Our sincere condolences to Nadine and family, the MacNeil family and the Taylor family. I have many great memories of Gordie, school together, hockey, snowmobiling and both our weddings. Rest In Peace my friend.

Bert & Moira Anne

Gwen & Joey MacLean
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

Dave Rusciolelli
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Nadine and family : our sincere sympathies at Gordie’s passing.His wonderful sense of humour and love of family were truly admired and appreciated. He was a true Cape Bretoner who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Taylor and MacNeil families at this sad time.

HUBERTSORHAITZ
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Nadine and Family

Sorry to hear of Gordie passing He was a friend when we worked together

HUBERT Sorhaitz

Debi Freeborne
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Nadine & family: My sincerest sympathy at this very sad time. I knew Gordie from high school, cheered him on at many hockey games and worked with him for many years, in Moncton and North Sydney. He will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss.

Shirley ( Jackson) MacLeod
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Dear Melodie& Bob,
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Gordie.
My thoughts & prayers will be with your families on this sad occasion.
sincerely,
Shirley MacLeod

Brian Oram
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
My Sincerest Condolences on Gordies passing.I have many wonderfull childhood memories of playing sports and hanging around with him andd David as well as the hospitality of the Taylor Home.
Best Regards
Brian Oram

Joey Power
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
Nadine and family am so sorry for your loss

Joey Power

John & Linda Miles
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
We are so saddened to hear of Gordie's passing! Growing up on the Gannon Road, we spent many, many hours together playing road hockey and baseball. That was where he got his start - for both his illustrious hockey career and his Little League all-star trips to Quebec! So many great memories of Gordie and his family! Our deepest sympathies, our thoughts and prayers are with you all! May God bless! Rest in peace, old friend!!

-John & Linda Miles

Linda and Teddy Coleman
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
Darlene and Gordie
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Ellen(MacLeod)Scott
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
Dear Nadine and Family
So sorry to hear of Gordie's passing.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
At this time I worked with Gordie and he was a very good boss
Ellen(MacLeod)Scott

Joanne Stalker
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
My deepest condolences to Alana and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. Joanne

Steve and Pat Gillis
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Nadine and Family on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gordie will be always be in your memories.

Dale Pinaud
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
Nadine Alana and Kyle thoughts and prayers go out to you on your loss. Gordie was always there to greet us when we sailed into Mac Kinnons Harbour and treat us to his wonderful hospitality.


Aldona Liutkus
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
Nadine and family. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband ,father and grandfather. Gordie was always the first one to approach me at any of the family gatherings with his smile and humour and was so attentive to me when Mom passed away offering his support whenever I needed it. He will be so missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love.

Ashley Mosher
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
Nadine, Alana, and Kyle,
I'm so sorry for your loss and that I cant be there with you during this difficult time. I hope you feel surrounded by much love and I'm praying that you'll find comfort in your memories of Uncle Gordie.

Claudia and Wayne Gouthro
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
Nadine and Family. Wayne,Jamie, Summer and myself would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all of you on the passing of Gordie. He was a good person with a lovely personality, I know he will be missed by all who knew him.So sorry for you loss. Claudia and Wayne. Jamie and Summer

Claire and Gaston Aucoin
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019

We were sorry to hear of Gordie's passing. We spent a lot of time with Gordie watching the boys play hockey: a great guy indeed. Deepest sympathies to the family and close friends. God Bless.

Tara Kelly
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Kyle, Lisa, Ethan and Taylor Family,

My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. May the many great memories you have of your Dad give you peace and comfort.

Lillian Crant-Draper
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Darlene and family

We are so sorry to here of Gordon passing.
Aunt Hazel and the rest of the family was very up-set in hearing the news.
our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lillian,Russel,Harriet and Aunt Hazel

Abdoulie Samba FRUETEC
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Leone I am really saddened by this bad news :-(.
Gordie was a very nice person on the phone and that proves to be the same when we finally got to see each other during my visit in North Sydney.

On behalf of the whole Frütec team, I would like to send our condolence to the Taylor family and all member of staff at Marine Atlantic.
We will definitely be missed by many. Take heart Leone.
SLEEP TIGHT GORDIE AND REST IN PERFECT PEACE.

Best Regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Abdoulie Samba
Sales-Manager
FRÜTEC - technical supply GmbH
Hasselbinnen 2
22869 Hamburg Schenefeld

Sue (Irvine) Holmes
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Nadine and family,

I was so sad to hear of Gordie's passing. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue (Irvine) Holmes

Martha OKeefe
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Oh Nadine...how sad it was to read of Gordie's passing. He was always so fun to be around and always had interesting things in his office that he would always say to me "Mart..if you can guess what this is..I will give you a job!" Needless to say it was more fun listening to the history of the object!! My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Merrill Mac Innis
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Thank You Nadine and Family for sharing Gordie with us.

He always pick back up right where he left off the last time we saw each other. A bonded friendship. I had some memorable times with Gordie. I even got the chance to see the 1978 Montreal Canadiens take the Stanley Cup at the Boston Garden because of him. Adventures with Gordie were rewarding and fun! He was a special person who will be so sorely missed.

My deepest condolences, Merrill.

Mary MacIntyre-Cormier
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
So sorry to hear of Gordie's passing, such a lovely man who always made me laugh. As a young girl being hired at Marine Atlantic Gordie always showed us the ropes and was a true Leader to all who worked with him .Every Christmas I would wrap a can of sardines and give it to Gordie for a Christmas gift....he always open the gift and laughed.
Nadine and family , thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Ricky Tobin
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
David, Darlene and families..

So very sorry to learn of Gordie's passing.
I had not seen him in a long time, but reflecting back to the teenage years and good memories. of the parties in your parents basement and the spud roasts etc.. RIP Gordie

Allen MacHattie
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Kyle, Lisa and family, we are sorry for you loss, our deepest condolences to you guys and all your family

Anne Marie & Donnie MacAskill
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Nadine & Family
So sorry for your loss. May all the fond memories that you hold close to your heart help you and your family during this difficult time.
SINCERELY, Anne Marie & Donnie MacAskill

Alice & Charlie Coleman
   Posted Tue October 29, 2019
Nadine. We are so sorry to hear of Gordie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family at this very sad time.

Dave & Maureen McCafferty
   Posted Mon November 04, 2019
Our deepest condolences Nadine on Gordie’s passing. He was a really great guy and I can remember a lot of very fond memories in the Purchasing Dept. at Marine Atlantic in Moncton. I hope you and the rest of the family are doing OK.

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