Nigel Cunninghame Taylor

Nigel Cunninghame Taylor


Born in Kelowna, July 13, 1920, died in Kelowna Oct. 18, 2011. Nigel is survived by Margaret (Lee) Taylor, his loving wife of 68 years, and four children: David (Andrea), Stephanie Geis, Gordon (Joanne), and

Barbara; daughter-in-law Janet, his sister Belinda Duyvewaardt, grand-

children and great-grandchildren. He was

predeceased by daughter Mary-Lou and sons Robin and Rodney. Born in a bunkhouse on Bankhead Orchards, Nigel was the son of early fruit growers Claude and Madge Taylor who had settled in Kelowna In 1912. With the exception of the war years and school, his whole life was spent in Kelowna. He was educated at Vernon Prep School (Mackie’s) and Shawnigan Lake. At the age of 19, he

enlisted in the British Columbia Dragoons at the outbreak of WWII and rose through the ranks to Major. He was severely wounded in Italy while serving with the 5th Canadian

Armoured Division. After the war, Nigel remained active with the BCD’s, serving as second-in-command of the Regiment. Before retiring from the militia, he was awarded the

Canadian Forces Decoration, and was made honorary life member of the BCD Whizzbang Association. During the war, he met and married Margaret Leonora Besford of Surbiton, England. Nigel returned with Lee to the family orchard in South Kelowna where they raised their seven children. Nigel was very involved in the South-East Kelowna and greater Kelowna community. Among his contributions were people’s warden of St. Mary’s Church, member of the East Kelowna Boy Scouts Committee, trustee on the School Board, chair of the South and East Kelowna Centennial Committee,

commissioner for the Memorial Arena, president of the

Kelowna SPCA, and a charter member of the Kelowna

Kiwanis Club. Nigel served on many tree fruit and

agricultural organizations. He was a life member of the BC Fruit Growers’ Association and served as President of the Canadian Horticulture Council. He loved to travel, and

instilled in his children his love of nature and animals, of hunting and fishing.

The family would like to thank Dr. Griswold and the staffs at Cottonwoods and Sutherland Hills for their kind care of

Nigel. Should family and friends so desire, memorial

donations may be made in his name to the bursary fund of the Whizzbang Veterans’ Association of the British

Columbia Dragoons.

A private family service will be held.

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