A tribute to John William Taylor

our dear friend and former colleague

Two weeks ago last Saturday, we were told the very sad news that our dear friend and former colleague, John William Taylor, had passed away suddenly at the age of just 52.

We were absolutely heartbroken to say the least.

John had been a Co-op colleague for over 20 years, but had decided to move onto pastures new earlier this year.

After he’d left, he was always spoken of. Mostly with unforgettable tales of the things he’d done to make us laugh.

As our National Community Manager he did a huge amount for the business and our communities.

He was extremely passionate about our sponsorships and always went above and beyond to build lasting relationships with anybody he worked with. Not because he had to, but because he wanted to.  

The Glasgow Phoenix Choir, North and South Horse teams, countless bowls tournaments and many more, were, and are sponsored by us, all thanks to John’s commitment and dedication to causes he believed in.

He put his heart and soul into everything he did, and was respected and admired by all the forever friends he’d make along the way.

He knew how to put a smile on anybody’s  face, whether it was intentional or not, and he’d have been the first to admit that he drove everybody mad with his unique sense of humour…but you couldn’t help but love him for it.

He wasn’t one to shy away from the noise (he was usually the one making it!) and anybody that knew him would agree he was a memorable character, with a larger than life and infectious personality.

It was a joy to see that his zest for life shone through on Friday, when friends, family and colleagues turned up to say their final goodbyes.

The crematorium was bursting with people from all walks of his life, who wanted to pay their final respects - showing what a truly loved and popular man he was.

In John’s true comedy style - The Jam’s “Going Underground”, was played as his coffin was carried in, which brought a lot of smiles amongst the tears, and songs from The Beautiful South – one of his all-time favourite groups – were played throughout to celebrate his extraordinary life.

His life might have been cut short far too early, but he most certainly made the most of it and is a true inspiration.

We continue to send our love and deepest condolences to his wife, children and the rest of his family.

Rest In Peace John William Taylor, you’ll be sorely missed and will forever be in our thoughts and memories.

Lots of love your friends at Co-op Funeralcare xxx

John William TaylorJohn at one of our county showsJohn being his usual fun selfJohn at one of our Funeralcare Bowls Test Matches

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Emily Penkett

PR Manager

Lauren Pogson

Senior PR Manager

Catherine Turner

Head of PR