Today's throwback thursday is remembering Ted Taylor...
Ted Taylor was born November 26, 1923 in Vancouver. After leaving school, he worked on various ranches in the Kamloops area.
He joined the RCAF in January, 1943. After graduating from an air frame mechanic's course, Ted served on several RCAF stations across Canada. His final posting was to a transport squadron in Edmonton until his discharge in 1946. He became a Flight Engineer on the D.C.3, the great old workhorse of the air. Supplies were flown all over the north from Edmonton to Grande Prairie, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, Watson Lake and Whitehorse. The RCAF also serviced the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line.
After leaving the service, Ted went to a watch making school in Winnipeg. On completion, he worked for Andrew's Jewellery in Kamloops for 10 years. He met Leone in Kamloops and they were married in 1950. They have a son, Jay, and a daughter, Wendy. Both are in the jewellery business.
Ted and his family moved to Merritt in 1957 where they started Taylor's Jewellery. Over the years, the business grew, with a large selection of gift merchandise, as well as jewellery. He joined Branch 96 in 1958. He was soon on the executive, becoming Secretary in 1960 and President in 1961.
Ted retired from the jewellery business in 1988 but had been a helping hand in his son's and daughter's businesses. He was involved in many organizations and was always busy with community activities.
Information taken from Nicola Valley Historical Quarterly Vol. 11 No. 2&3