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Douglas "Jim" Tayler


April 22, 1954

Sarnia, Ontario


March 4, 2024

Sarnia, Ontario



April 22, 1954 - March 4, 2024. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Jim Tayler, who passed away at the age of 69, on Monday, March 4, 2024. Cherished husband of 46 years to Mary (nee Spurr). Predeceased by his son Joel and survived by his son Jake (Paula). He was the best “Gramps” to Dori, Van, Rylan and Tatum who meant the world to him. Jim is also survived by his mother-in-law Ruth, and in-laws Kathy, Alex, Tamara and Ian. Close friends Hayward and Gord. Predeceased by his parents Jack and Madge, his siblings John and Lori, his father-in-law Ike and close friends Randy, Colin, Mike, Gary and Roger. Jim retired from Lanxess in 2009. Until its sale in 2022, Jim also operated United Taxi (founded by his father). Jim will be remembered as a great friend to many. He loved to play guitar and was an avid car enthusiast. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassion and care. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in “Jim’s Guestbook” at In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Joseph’s Hospice Sarnia Lambton.

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I’m sorry to hear of Jim’s passing My condolences to Mary and the family May Jim RIP and he and Logan will be playing music in heaven Love from Brenda Demeray and family
Brenda Demeray

We are saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We’ll be thinking of you in the coming days and weeks. Sincere condolences to you. Greg, Chris, Lisa and Scott Foster
Greg & Chris Foster

Mary , Jake and family. So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our deepest condolences .
Bernie & Marianne Kilbreath

I first met Jim and got to know him as Jake's dad, Paula's father in law and saw him and his lovely and loving wife Mary mainly at holiday meals and family gatherings. And then I had the privilege of getting to know him as "Gramps". It always Brought a smile to my face when I pulled up to see that he and Mary were visiting. His kindness generosity and humour was a welcome addition to any gathering. Jim loved and adored his family and they felt the same. My heart breaks that he will be missing but I am grateful to have known him and he will not be forgotten. The stories of "Gramps" and the legacy of love he leaves behind for Mary, Jake and Paula, Dori, Van, Rylan and Tatum will keep his memory in our hearts.
Sallie McFarlane

I am so so sorry to hear of his passing! I had no idea he was so sick!😔I'm thinking of you all!!❤️R.I.P Jim!
Amber Moore

Dear Mary, Jake, and family! Know that we are thinking of you, and we extend our heartfelt condolences. We are deeply saddened with your loss yet we are so blessed with many fond memories of a great neighbour and friend! He loved his family, and was always ready to give us an update on Jake! We always had lots of laughs together! Jim indeed made his mark, and he will be missed by many!
Bill and Jacquie Walters

It is with a heavy hearts that we extend our most sincere condolences to you and your family upon hearing about the loss of Jim. To Mary, Jake, and everyone whose life was touched by his presence, we know that words fall short of expressing the sorrow we feel at this time. Jim was not only a cherished friend but also an insightful mentor to our sons and our family. His guidance and wisdom helped shape the path of many, leaving a priceless legacy through all the lives he impacted. In this time of grief, please know that you are not alone. We mourn with you, recognizing that Jim will continue in the memories we treasure and the stories we share.
Ted & Mary Ann Houck

Mary, Jake and family: Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Will miss his sense of humour and the friendship we had. Circle of close friends is getting smaller. rip jim.
Dennis Stothers and family

Mary, Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Will miss meeting you on your walks with the dog. Will remember the good times! Ian & Cheryl McLeay
Ian & Cheryl McLeay

Mary, Jake, Paula, and Kids. I am so blessed to be touched by Jim over all these years. He was more than a friend, and an employer to me, more like a big brother. So many conversations that I will never forget. He was so proud of you Jake, and the man you have become. Gramps was so proud of the 4 grandkids and loved them beyond words . Jim was such a great mentor to our family and we all will miss him deeply. Sue and Jerry
Sue Langan

I am so very saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. Jim was such a good friend to my late husband, Gary - more like a brother than a friend. He was so good to Gary when Gary suffered his stroke and the limitations from it and then when Gary was diagnosed with cancer he would cheer Gary’s days up with his many visits. He visited with me a few times after Gary’s passing and I always appreciated your visits to our home and the laughter we have shared over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family during this sad time. Jim will never be forgotten - there is a special place in my heart for such a kind, caring, loving, thoughtful man. He and Gary are together again in the Heavenly Home. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you during this time. May he Rest in Peace…..
Sue LeBrasceur

Dear Mary, Jake and family There are no words to adequately describe Jim. He was one of the most kind and caring men that I’ve ever known. I am grateful for his friendship and consider it a privilege to have known him. He will be very sadly missed. Sincere Condolences , Teresa
Teresa Birkmann

my deepest condolences to mary jake paula and jims precious grand babies dori and van. jim was more than a friend he was truly like a big brother. he had the biggest heart of anyone i have ever known or probably ever know. jake you made your dad so proud when you and paula made him a gramps.his eyes would light up every time those kids were mentioned.and his smile was from ear to ear.we had many great times together playing guitar our day trips no matter where they were just to london windsor or even brantford just to have chinese food.we also had many great memories on our travels to cuba. he would make friends wherever he went. his heart was always open, countless times he would see someone in need and struggling and would offer his help and also his dollars.this is the man i knew. mary jake and paula and his precious grand babies always know that yous were loved very deeply by the greatest man that yous knew as a husband your dad and gramps.although he is gone i cannot say goodbye because no matter where i am jim will always be there deep within my heart and in spirit.things will happen and things will be said that will always keep him around to all that had the honor of knowing him and spending precious time with him. memories live forever. jimmy you are a great man until we meet again

To Mary and family I'm heartbroken this morning, learning of Jim's passing. Over our years at Lanxess, we became more than family, we really got to know each other, and became friends, as well. On behalf of the Lennan clan, please be assured of our love for Jim. Fondly, Lori Lebel
Lori Lebel

My condolences to Jim's family. He was a lovely man.
Mason Vye

Mary, Jake, and Family, I am extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. Although we were not close in age I have fond memories of him at family gatherings and seeing him with my mother Ann and sister Donnie. Please know I am thinking of you all during this difficult time. Tracey Arnold (Popowich) daughter of Ann Stothers
Tracey Arnold

so sorry for your lose Mary i know what an important roll he played for his family and others he new RIP
james ellenor

Jim was very dear to me and my family . I am so lucky to have been part of his life and will never forget the good times together. Our atv trip across Newfoundland. Our countless late nights working in your garage ,and lately the coffee visits. I will miss my buddy

Dear Mary and Jake and family, I’m sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was a great chum of my husband Ron Hicks and was the best man at our wedding in 1972. We lived on Napier Street across from Elgin Park so just a stones throw from the Tayler home on Elgin. So many good fun memories of those days. Cherish your memories, they are your greatest treasure. Sincerely Sandy LaCourse
Sandy LaCourse

Mary- Jane & I are saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. We’ll be thinking of you in the coming days and weeks. Sincere condolences to you
Roger Gallaway

Mary, Jake and family, We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We really enjoyed Jim and his large personality. Wish I had more time to play guitar with him. You are in our thoughts. Big hugs. Benita and John
John & Benita Van Haaren

Mary and Jake so sorry for your loss. He was a great friend. A lot of laughs with him. Thinking of you. Dennis, Doris, Craig, Monica
Dennis and Doris Bourque

We are saddened by Jim's passing and sharing your sorrow but will forever remember Jim for his kindness and caring ways and our good times together. Sending love and condolences to all of you at this sad time. Chloe & Arnold Thorne New Harbour, Newfoundland
Chloe & Arnold Thorne

I’d like to extend my sincerest condolences to Mary, Jake and family(both by relation, and those he considered family). Jim had a big personality that he never filtered for anyone. If Jim was around there was sure to be laughter, and sometimes music. Tyler and I were so honoured that he played guitar for our wedding ceremony. Jim was a great friend to many, including my parents and Hayward, and He never hesitated to help anyone.. Even if he didn’t admit it, he had a big heart, because of this and his character his absence will be felt by many. Sending love to all of those whose lives he’s touched, and his absence is felt by.
Heather Fugard

Curt and I send our sincerest condolences to Mary, Jake,and all of Jim's family.May the memories Jim has shared with each of you, comfort you through the difficult days. Jim has left a lasting imprint into so many lives with his kindness and caring for others. He will truly be missed by many. Until we meet again dear friend
Jo-Ann and Curt Thorne

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