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Taylor, Keith Edward

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Aug. 26, 1936 — Dec. 26, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father and poppa Keith Edward Taylor. Keith passed away peacefully at the Fort Macleod Health Centre surrounded by his family on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, at the age of 86.

Keith was born in Carmangay on Aug. 26, 1936. He worked for ATCO Gas (formerly Canadian Western Natural Gas) for 41 years and he worked his way through various positions, until his retirement as district supervisor in Fort Macleod. Keith was always very active in all the communities he lived in. He was a member of the Trochu Elks for more than 60 years. In Trochu he was a councillor for five years, on the Trochu Fire Department for 17 years, and coached minor ball and hockey. Keith received a “once in a lifetime” honour for his community work in Fort Macleod when he received the Max Gibb Award for his significant contributions to the development of the Southern Alberta Summer Games. That was followed up when Canadian Western Natural Gas (ATCO Gas) presented him with the Eugene Coste award for his community work. While living in Trochu, Keith and Marion fostered more than 44 children over a 25-year period and the highlight for them was being reunited with one of their foster daughters after 30 years. For more than 40 years he and his friend Jack Cook ventured on horseback into the mountains for their annual hunting trip. Keith had a huge passion for the ranching life and helped many people over the years with roundup, branding and as a ranch hand.

Keith was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years Marion (Lock) and his son Kevin. Keith will be sadly missed by his four children: Karen Clark (Doug), Rob Taylor, Darla Stav (Nelson Thomas) and Dawn Borck (George); and a special foster daughter Katherine (Susie) Aubrey. His six grandchildren will miss their Poppa: Kaitlynd Clark (Phil Lampman), Stephanie Taylor, Stephen Taylor (Dawn McPartland), Shae-Lynn Taylor, Dayna McTighe (Brad) and Riata Stav (Brent Scharf). He is also survived by his six great grandchildren; his siblings Stewart (Jean) Taylor and Laurel (Sterling) Clayton; his sister-in-law Norma Lock; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

With sincere appreciation, in lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation be made to the Fort Macleod Health Care Auxiliary Association, P.O. Box 1866, Fort Macleod, Alta., T0L 0Z0. 

At Keith’s request no service will be held, instead his family will hold a private service at the Okotoks Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his wife.

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