TAYLOR, Jack Matthew - (December 19, 1933 - April 18, 2017) - Died after a long illness.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Sandra and three children, Sidney (Brad), Stuart (Kara) and Shelby along with six grandchildren, Henry, Samuel, Islay, Violet, Philippa, and Augusta, and a sister, Anita Taylor of Vancouver.
Jack was a life-long lover of travel, golf, and hockey, having played hockey in university at Hamilton College in New York and Waterloo College (now University of Western) in Waterloo. He travelled to Europe and the Far East many times and was particularly fond of the Swiss Alps.
Jack graduated from Waterloo where he met Sandra and after graduation, taught high school business skills.
Sandra and Jack’s mutual love of travel led them to a three-year teaching post through the RCAF in Zweibrücken, Germany. Jack continued to play hockey while in Germany and was recruited to coach the RCAF Three Wings Flyers team. Upon their return, Jack moved into administration as Vice Principal at various high schools in Halton and Peel.
After several years, Jack became restless and, in 1973, took Sandra and their young family on a year long adventure to Europe, travelling through 27 countries in a VW camper van. During this time, Jack discovered an unmet need for travel accessories and when they returned in 1974, Jack founded Austin House. His first publication was a mini guide called Travel Tips to Europe, which was followed by travel-related products such as money belts, luggage locks and straps. Jack is credited with being the father of travel accessories, a multi-million dollar industry that grew out of Jack’s basement.
In 2000, Jack sold Austin House - but not content to retire, he opened Five Putts golf store, which kept him busy until it was time to retire for good in 2008. Jack spent his retirement playing golf and travelling with Sandra.
A memorial service will be held at Kopriva Taylor funeral home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville on Saturday, June 24th at 2pm.