It is with the greatest of sadness that World Bowls Tour writes this short piece in memory of John William Taylor who today, 22nd October 2016, passed away suddenly at his family home.
WBT has had the honour of knowing this man who started supporting WBT 10 years ago with his commitment to sponsoring many of our events and becoming great friends with players and officials alike. His dedication to the sport knew no bounds and he worked tirelessly with us to promote the sport and the Company that he represented during that time. He had a great sense of humour and was often the first in and last out at all the events. Never one to shirk any job, he would always roll his sleeves up and get stuck in, along with the rest of us and never complained when things got a tad difficult at times!
He was also dedicated to raising money for Charity and always manged to get the players to support him on his ‘missions’ as he called them when he took off to do a large stint of something to raise funding for his causes. As an organiser he was first class and as a friend to us all he was a person you could always turn to for advice and assistance. His love for the sport was endless and he assisted the sport of bowls at all levels, from the grass roots right through to the Professional level.
It was this sheer hard work that John put into all the WBT events which made him the perfect candidate for the WBT ‘Services to Bowls’ Award and he was presented with this Award by the Directors of the World Bowls Tour at the WBT Gala Awards Night at the World Indoor Championships at Potters Resort in 2016.
John would always go out of his way to assist and was never afraid to be ‘counted’ when needed. TV crews also got to know him well and John would often be asked to have a chat and many a time could be found in front of the camera’s! Always a serious business professional John could also make us all laugh when things got a bit difficult and John will be sorely missed by us all.
Rest in Peace John – all our thoughts will be with you and your family.