August 15, 1939 – March 5, 2023
at the age of 83 years:
Gary was born a twin alone and passed with his family by his side. Born to Sidney and Mary Ann (Bobbie) of Burnaby, BC, he leaves behind his loving wife Evelyn, sons Christopher (Karen) and Darren (Lynn), his adoring grandchildren Melissa (Chris), Ryan, Jessey, (Phillip) and Tristan, great grandaughter Emberlyn, his brother Wayne (Connie), nieces Cindy (Jake), Brittney, Beau, Sharon (Lee) Gage, Liam, Vivian from Gibsons, BC.
Gary had an exceptionally full life! He was a cowboy on Gang Ranch, a drummer in his own band at sixteen and went on to play with famous people and bands. He also drummed at “The Cave” night club with famous singers. Gary owned restaurants and was a part owner of a night club. He owned and ran a construction company that built high rises, subdivisions, etc. in BC.
He moved to Lillooet, BC in 1980. He set up a construction company and set Evelyn up in a Building Supply (lrly Bird) Sageland. There he loved curling, golfing, fishing, boating and playing Canasta with friends. Moved to White Lake in 1994 and bought 16 acres, subdivided and sold most of the lots and build a house on 3 acres of the land. Gary belonged to “The Shuswap Car Club” with a 1965 Mustang. He also belonged to “The Shuswap Miner’s Club”; Rock Club and RVing, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
The family wish to thank the staff at Polson in Vernon and Hillside in Kamloops.
Donations can be made to the Dementia, Alzheimer Societies.
Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.
We loved spending time with Gary and Eve on many adventures. The stories told always shine bright! Lots of love to Eve and her family.
Our sincere condolences Eve.
Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Always a big heart, I won’t for get going to the Fraser River near Lillooet and surviving the “speedy” road trip there with Gary and Eve. Great stories around the camp fire at Cyoosh.
Our deepest sympathy Eve and family ❤
I’ve known Gary and Eve for 7-8 years from the gold club. Gary was a remarkable character who had many a story from over the years. From playing drums in a band to being in the RCMP. He also at one time had his own ‘Gary Taylor Show Lounge’ at the coast. He ran a hardware store in Lillooet and at one time ran a few Mr. Mikes locations. Gary also had at one time one of the largest Smith & Wesson handgun collections in Canada. Gary loved looking for gold and had a few favoured locations from years gone by. He was a man of good morale fiber and loved to tell his stories over a drink. He was an intelligent man who hid his health conditions well and will be sorely missed by all members of our gold club! Gary had loads of enthusiasm for getting things accomplished and he was always full of great ideas! With a larger than life persona we all thought that Gary would be around for his 100th. Sadly, we must part ways and hopefully we will meet again in the great beyond!! Lets all toast to Gary !!!!