• "It has been a great number of years since my Vancouver days..."
    - Arnold McLellan
  • "I'm sorry to hear of the great loss of Don. I worked for..."
    - mike hardcastle
  • "Blessings to the family at this time, Don was a wonderful..."
    - Debra Philips-Sawatzky
  • "Taylormotive was the first place I ever worked at and is..."
    - Mike Lorch
  • "Dear Diane, Chuck and family: We are truly saddened by the..."
    - Doug & Eileen Claydon

TAYLOR, Donald Charles
79, entered into the presence of The Lord Jesus on February 11, 2013 with his loving family by his side at the North Shore Hospice. Don was born March 11, 1933 to Charles and Vera (Dawson) Taylor in Vancouver, BC. The eldest of two children, Don was dedicated to the Lord at 6th Ave Tabernacle at an early age, and attended and served the Lord at Broadway Church most of his life. Don attended Vancouver Technical School until 1948. In 1947, Don started his part time automotive career fixing and customizing cars at various service stations throughout Vancouver. In 1952, Don apprenticed at Fred Richmond Motors for two years, then went on to work at Duecks as a Journeyman Technician for another four years. Don married Diane (Smith) on February 11, 1955 and later designed and had their first house built in North Vancouver. In 1956, Don became President of the Kingsmen Car Club that grew to 65 Members. Divinely, on February 16, 1959 Don established Taylormotive Service Ltd. in North Vancouver. He asked his friends Barry Newton, Bob Crawford, and Hans Kretz to come work with him. From 1967 to 1968 Don, Diane and family relocated to Mara, BC with their friends, Jim and Ruth Metcalfe, and Cal and Jean Phoenix, to help build a motel and help operate Crystal Sands Resort. He later came back to North Vancouver, continuing with Taylormotive. In 1970, Don established Taylormotive Honda Motorcycle Dealership to become BC's largest Honda dealer until he closed its doors in 1977. Don continued to manage Taylormotive's family business for 53 years, until July 2012 when he took ill due to a brain tumor. Don took an interest in boating and toured extensively on our coastal waters. Don was able to travel throughout Europe, Japan, Italy, England, Scotland, Israel, the Caribbean, Mexico, and USA. In January 2000, Don became a member of International Coaches for Christ, then went on to become President of North West Coaches for Christ to start up chapters with rally's in the northwest. Don and Diane made many friends while travelling throughout Canada and the USA. Don enjoyed many times together with family and friends, especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, watching them grow and mature. Don and Diane also became adopted grandparents to Sarah, Ryly, Wesley and Carter. Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Diane, daughter Dawn-Marie (John), grandson John Jacob, son Charles (Melodie), granddaughter Nicole (Brian), great- granddaughter Jayde, granddaughter Candice (Simon), great-granddaughter Rachel, great- grandson Owen. Don was predeceased by his father, mother and son Rodney, survived by (Chantal) grandson Ethan, granddaughter Carmen, sister-in-law Elaine (Mel), niece Wendy and nephew Wayne, brother-in-law Jon (Jackie), nephew Jake, and Jordan, niece Erin, sister Maureen (Chuck) and family, brother Ray (Wanda), nephew Charles, niece Vera-Ann and family. A special thank you to Dr. Jenny Shaw and Dr. Jennifer Walker, and all the Doctors and caregivers at Lionsgate Hospital and the North Shore Hospice. Celebration of Life services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Broadway Church 2700 East Broadway, Vancouver BC V5M 1Y8 with Reverend Darin Latham officiating. Burial will also take place Monday at 10:00 a.m. at North Vancouver Cemetery, Lillooet Lane Heritage Site. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Club Freedom at Broadway Church and/or Villages of Hope Africa Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so online at vancouversun/


Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2013
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