December 24, 1927 – October 11, 2016
A resident of Surrey and White Rock for more than 60 years, Robert Lee Taylor was born in Princeton, BC. Lee was the beloved husband of Sonja Taylor (nee Jakobsen) for 62 years. He is survived by Sonja and their five children: Mark, Paul, Drew, Jennifer and Owen, daughters-in-law Linda, Caroline, and Rita, and seven grandchildren: Madeline, Phoebe, Celeste, Jake, Gia, Chloe and Manfred. Lee was a professional actor from the 1950s until 2014. He was a regular performer in radio dramas for the CBC, and in theatre productions at the Vancouver Playhouse, the Frederic Wood Theatre, the Arts Club Vancouver, and Theatre Under the Stars. In 1999, in recognition of his 83 leading stage roles, he was given the Sam Payne award for “humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent.” He was also a high school teacher of Drama and English in Surrey, Vancouver and Coquitlam for thirty years. He loved performing and directing, working with aspiring young student performers and professionals. Never fully retired, for twenty years, up until December 2014, Lee played Drosselmeyer in performances of the Nutcracker by the Royal City Youth Ballet. For several years he was a volunteer at the Vancouver Public Aquarium. He enjoyed travel, painting, sketching, and music.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 20th at The Church of the Holy Trinity at 15115 Roper Ave, White Rock, B.C.
A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice.
Lee will be very much missed by the people whose lives he touched and will always be in our hearts.
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”