Alice Taylor
1923 - 2022

Alice Taylor (nee Marie Alice Antoinette Giasson) of South Bruce Peninsula Wiarton, passed away peacefully at Gateway Haven in Wiarton on Thursday, October 20, 2022. She was in her 100th year. Alice was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba on May 20, 1923. At 14, she moved away from home to work as a nanny in Winnipeg. Later, as World War II raged overseas, Alice was drawn to the intrigue of doing “men’s work”. Along with many young women, Alice donned pants, rolled up her sleeves and put her heart into riveting gas tanks for WWII bomber aircraft at the factory in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay). She always remembered the thrill of looking to the sky outside the factory while pilots flew the newly minted planes overhead, signalling their thanks for the women’s hard work. While out with a girlfriend one evening, Alice met a handsome young sailor named Harvey Wesley Taylor. The two married on January 1, 1944 and spent the next 75 years together. Alice always showed incredible love and patience for her children, Bryan Taylor (Elaine) of Wiarton, Don Taylor (Maureen) of North Bay, Sue Chester of Calgary, Pam Robertson (Tyler) of Kamloops, and Tim Taylor (Arlene) of Calgary. She was very proud of her 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren – each of whom not only took up a special place in Grandma’s heart, but also on her fridge. Alice was predeceased by, and now joins, her loving husband Harvey, their daughter Anne Marie Taylor, daughter-in-law Lynda Taylor and son-in-law Ned Chester. Alice and Harvey were respected members of the Wiarton community. They were active in the Frank Street Baptist Church and served the community in numerous ways. They enjoyed square dancing, curling, fishing, and camping. Alice worked at the Wiarton Hospital for 15 years preparing and serving food for patients, a job she enjoyed immensely. She was a talented seamstress – sewing everything from her children’s clothing, to upholstering furniture and later creating intricate garments for her beautiful ceramic dolls. With a kiln in the basement, Alice spent hours making lovely ceramic pieces for family and friends. Alice and Harvey travelled extensively in their later years, visiting Brazil, Florida, Alaska, and many locations from coast to coast in Canada. Alice never missed the birth of a grandchild no matter how far she had to travel. She treasured the time she spent with her family. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Alice’s life at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Peninsula Chapel, 272 Berford St., Wiarton (519) 534-5341, on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 2 o’clock. Internment at Bayview Cemetery, Wiarton. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Gateway Haven of Wiarton. Condolences may be expressed online at


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