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April 10, 1948 ~ January 24, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
Felix Taylor, 74 years old of Madoc, Ontario passed away on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023. He passed at home in his bed beside his wife peacefully in his sleep, exactly as he wished he would. He succumbed to heart failure. Felix St. Patrick Taylor Sr. was born April 10th, 1948 in Kingston, Jamaica. Never knowing his parents, he was an orphan whom at 5 yrs old was placed in the capable care of the Nuns at Alpha Boys School in Jamaica. From birth he was blessed with a smile that could light the world! He flourished early in life excelling at sports and what became the 2nd greatest passion of his life, music. He was recruited by the world-renowned Byron Lee and became one of his Dragonaires. Some time later Felix followed a man whom would become his lifelong friend and mentor Jojo Bennet (A fellow Alpha Boy). Felix embarked upon a great adventure and left Kingston, Jamaica and joined Jojo in Canada in 1967. He played with many bands over the years, too many to list here and in some circles was considered one of the best trombone players in the world.
In 1980 he met the love and greatest passion of his life. They would spend the next 42 years together, 39 of them as husband and wife. They were wed on Dec 3, 1983, in Etobicoke, Ontario. Sheila and Gary Wasserman standing for them at their intimate wedding. From 1987 – 1995 Felix, along with Fergus Hambleton and the late Jojo Bennet formed the heart of the Toronto based Reggae band The Sattalites. In his role with The Sattalites Felix brought joy, happiness, and his infectious smile to many around the world earning 2 Juno awards along the way, the first in 1989 and the final one in 1995. Felix tired of the grind of “Big City” life and moved to Madoc, Ontario in March of 2007 with his loving wife Tina. They quickly became accepted in the community, freely sharing time and his love of music with many over the years. He collaborated with local artists and performed at many community events, always supporting the love of music whenever he was able. In addition to the trombone and flugel horn Felix played the steel pan, the piano, the guitar, various hand drums and just about anything else that he could make a joyful sound with. His passion for music and his family never waned and was as strong at his passing as it was during the rest of his blessed time on earth. He was humble, thoughtful, caring, generous and patiently loving. The best example of what it means to be human. We should all hope in the end to have spent our own lives so well!
Felix is survived by his wife Mary (Tina) Taylor, his 4 sons (2 by birth, 2 by marriage) Felix Taylor Jr., Robert Taylor, Ryan Rose, Hernan Rose II and his 3 grandchildren Alyssa Greening, Aalyah Greening and Hunter Rose. Felix has once again been reunited with Jojo Bennet in the afterlife, embarking upon yet another grand adventure, no doubt creating joyful sounds to soothe and entertain the heavens forever. A small gathering for immediate family will be held on Saturday January 28, 2023 at 1pm just outside of Madoc. A celebration of his life open for those whose lives he touched will be announced later in the not-too-distant future. Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.milestonecremation.ca.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution toward a memorial legacy plaque to honour his memory. E-transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org