Joel Andrew TAYLOR

TAYLOR, Joel Andrew - The comedian, musician, writer, polyglot, philosophy-enthusiast and award-winning amateur philologist Joel Taylor passed away peacefully, and surrounded by loved ones, on June 20, 2013. He was 34. Joel was cherished and will be missed by so many: partner Ivy Johnson, parents Ian and Madeline, sister Lindsey, brother-in-law Dominic (Dom) Teolis, nephew Cameron Teolis, and grandmother Helen Smethurst, among other loving family members and many devoted friends. Predeceased by grandparents Harry Smethurst and Jean and Scottie Taylor. Thanks are owed to the staff of Princess Margaret Hospital and Kensington Hospice for their warm and capable care. Joel takes with him his strange, wonderful humour, his rare love and gift for languages (he spoke seven), and his innate gentleness. But he leaves behind a joyful legacy of remembered kindness and creativity. And in his habit of finding and deriving great pleasure from the beauty in art, ideas and those he loved, he also leaves us a model for living. Friends are invited to a tribute to Joel's life and work at the Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., Toronto, Sunday, June 23, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Memorial Service on Saturday, July 13, at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 130 Glebe Ave., Ottawa, at 2 p.m., with visitation at 1 p.m. Donations can be made to Pancreatic Cancer Care or Palliative Care at Princess Margaret Hospital, or to Kensington Hospice.

Published in the Toronto Star from June 23 to June 24, 2013