Delbert TAYLOR

TAYLOR, Delbert Delbert George Taylor was born May 12, 1937 – 15 minutes after his twin brother Douglas, to Herb and Ellen (nee Unsworth) Taylor of the Garden Plain District. Those were the days when mothers were given anaesthetic during child birth and when Ellen woke up and heard nurses and doctors talking about the beautiful twin boys that had been born, she asked the nurse "who had twins?" and the nurse replied, "You did, my dear!" What a total surprise, but what a wonderful surprise. Friends and family in the community doted on those two cute little blonde boys. Five years later their family was blessed with the addition of younger brother James. Three years later tragedy struck when the twins were eight years old and their Dad suddenly got very ill and passed away. Friends and family rallied around Ellen and her three little boys, and created a house for them, of sorts, from a granery that they fixed up and positioned close to James Taylor Senior's little country store at Garden Plain so that Ellen could help run the store. A few years later, Ellen was wed to a long-time local bachelor, Will Ironside, who was a very good step-father to the little Taylor boys and took great joy in raising them alongside Ellen. Soon the family was again enlarged by the addition of step-sister, Judy in 1948. The family lived on Will's farm in the area until Delbert was about 15 and he decided to leave home to start his first job with the County of Paintearth in 1956 where he learned the art of moving dirt. He truly enjoyed this type of work and soon twin brother Doug was also working at the Paintearth County. At this time the twins lived with their Aunt Marion Taylor who was a teacher in Castor. Delbert met the love of his life, Kaye Kobi in 1957 when the twin's 'matchmaking' Aunt Marion had the Kobi and Taylor families get together for a musical evening in hopes that Cupid would throw some arrows – and he did – Kaye and Delbert fell in love and were married on March 14, 1959 here in the original Knox United Church, which, sad to say, was consumed by fire a few years later. They had a deep and abiding love for each other and were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a quiet family gathering at daughter Rhonda's home in Calgary just two weeks prior to Delbert's death… sadly, those 50 years went by so very quickly and they just didn't seem like enough. Delbert and Kaye lived all of their married life in Castor and were well known in the community. At various times in his life Delbert was involved with Kinsmen, the Snowmobile Club, Glee Club, the United Church Choir and even played a bit of music in one of the Little Theatre productions. When he had the time and believed in something Delbert was an enthusiastic and willing participant in any project and always had lots of creative ideas, plus an abundance of talents to put to use in making things work out. For several years he enjoyed getting some friends together to create a snow sculpture for the winterfest weekend down in the creek below his home. But, by far the most pleasurable moments in his life were when he was either listening to music, or was playing music with wife Kaye. He and Kaye and long time best friend Earl Jackson played music at many, many local events over the years, and in the last 2-3 years they were often joined by Pastor Marty Hays and Chaplain Jim Culham. Also in the last 10 years or so Delbert was a member of the local wood carving club and really enjoyed creating some excellent wood carvings. He loved the camaraderie of the friends he made in the club. He loved Castor and was proud to call it home. One of Delbert's most admirable qualities was that he always wished for the best for others and was sincerely happy to hear of their good fortunes or achievements. Delbert's and Kaye's marriage was blessed with three children over the years, Rhonda – 1960, Audrey – 1963 and then a few years later Delbert was joyous over the birth of a son, Randy – 1971. Delbert was a loving, strong, kind, patient and supportive father. His children adored their Dad and he adored them. Delbert truly believed in living according to the Good Word and he taught his children to have those same values, believing in integrity, honesty, fairness and above all, to love and appreciate God, family and friends. Delbert and Doug created Twin Construction in 1962 and enjoyed many years operating their equipment until they retired. During those years Delbert achieved his journeyman certificates for Welding and Heavy Duty Mechanics. Delbert always enjoyed his work and looked forward to each day, making him a happy man. Twin Construction became well known in the local communities and towns and when the twins built a shop in Castor in 1967 it became known by many as a happy place to stop and visit. This was where many a joke was played and there was much laughter and camaraderie always present at those so-called "Knitting Club / Safety Meeting / Happy Hour" events. Delbert and Kaye spent many happy hours playing music, travelling in their motor home, and enjoying time with their family and friends. Whenever Delbert got behind the wheel of the motor home he would sing – "On the Road Again" and away they went. He always looked forward to driving the motor home and hugely enjoyed every one of the holidays they took in it, especially their trips to Arizona for several years. The Twins sold their business in 2006 and Kaye and Delbert travelled to Iowa to pick up a brand new motor home and toured from there over to Branson, Missouri to see all the musical shows there which they hugely enjoyed… which again showed that whenever and wherever there was music around him, Delbert was happy. Sadly, it was only a few months later after they travelled to Arizona for the months of February and March 2008 that Delbert took ill with cancer. He went through so much treatment over the next many months, and never uttered a word of complaint. He gradually lost his battle to the disease and died surrounded by his family in his bed at the home of daughter Rhonda in Calgary. He was such a strong, uncomplaining man who had so much common sense and the ability to see the 'good' in every person he met… a very much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. A Celebration of Life was held on April 8, 2009 in the Knox United Church, Castor, Alberta with officiating Rev. Barbara Zimmerman officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation – Lymphoma Society, Southern Alberta Office c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2 or c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels (1985) Ltd., Box 186, Castor, Alberta T0C 0X0. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at PARKVIEW FUNERAL CHAPELS & CREMATORIUM entrusted with the care and arrangements. For further information please call 403-882-3141.

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