Thursday, March 31, 2011

A final goodbye to Brian W. Taylor, killed in Christchurch earthquake 22.02.2011

Yesterday the 31 st of March in Christchurch, over 1300 people turned up to farewell Brian Warrington Taylor who was killed when the Canterbury TV building collapsed on 22 February, 2011.

From talking to many people he was not only a wonderful and very close friend of mine for over 49 years, but a loving and helpful husband, father, brother, friend, teacher, scientist, coach and mentor to many.

You were fittingly farewelled yesterday Brian and I am just sorry I couldn't make it for the service, and for the rip-roaring wake that I am sure followed where all your old friends from your running days gathered to honour, and toast to your memory. My two daughters Aroha and Ruia represented me and were deeply moved by the service. This presentation below has helped me grieve and mourn for you Brian, I hope it will help others too.
Here is a comment from my daughter Aroha who attended the service:
Thank you for introducing me to Brian. He was very generous with his time and he always encouraged me to go beyond my best. Brian’s Funeral was truly amazing and he was described by many as positive, generous with his time, interested in people and passionate. A record of achievments was remarkable. He was very ambitious as are you Dad and it is both admirable and honorable. I know he will be greatly missed by many, the running group will continue to do so well and sure they will forever recall those words of positivity and encouragement as I will. An outstanding Man. May Gods peace & love comfort Prue and Brian’s loved ones.

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