Harry Taylor
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This is a tribute for the man who lost his life at 6.30am on Thursday November 5th 2008 on the Gardiner expressway in a FREAK ...

This is a tribute for the man who lost his life at 6.30am on Thursday November 5th 2008 on the Gardiner expressway in a FREAK accident in Toronto, Canada. We saw this on TV and it saddened us tremendously.

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Mskemi Omololu-Olunloyo

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  • 5 years, 5 months
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    I was dumbfounded when I heard the news about Harry. I had the pleasure of working with Harry from February 1991 when I started at the OAI. He was one of those rare people that you never could say anything bad about. He made you want to strive to be a better person yourself. He knew the name of EVERYONE he worked with and took the time to get to know them.

    I lived in Oakville too and we would discuss which Tim Horton's to hit before hitting the highway for work. He joked that with his long arms, he could go through any drive thru ... the driver pick up window or the passenger pick up window ... he had the reach for either.

    I left the OAI in 2001 for Halifax and my grief couldn't be any less if I had just seen him yesterday. He was a truly remarkable man who touched all that knew him. I know he's up there, modestly shaking his head at all the tribute he's receiving, thinking that he doesn't deserve it. Harry you deserve it all. You are loved and missed by everyone you knew.

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    We will miss you Harry. You were one great guy!

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    When I think of Harry...as most of us called him at OAI (now Holland Centre...part of Sunnybrook) I think...great guy! He was always calm in any situation, always smiling and would listen to you if you had a problem. He worked at the OAI for close to ten years and we all loved and respected him. Never a bad word was heard from Harry or about Harry. We listen and watch the news thinking how horrible situations are but when it is someone we know that is involved, all of a sudden it makes us more aware of how it can happen to any of us and to appreciate each day. How his family handled this news is beyond me. Our hearts go out to his family with love and support. We are all sending hugs to his daughter Stephanie who was with her Dad and survived with injuries.

    I attended the Memorial Service for Harry at Sunnybrook on Wednesday, November 12th. It was a wonderful tribute to the "First in Class" man who had created such admiration among the staff at all three facilities...Sunnybrook, Holland and Women's College. The auditorium was jam packed with folks standing at the back and simply not enough room for everyone wanting to attend. Marilyn Reddick HR and Rudy Amrein gave touching words on Harry's great sense of humour. There were things about Harry I never knew...like his passion for black and white photography, having a pilot's license, being a constant gum chewer. On each seat we found a lovely tribute card of Harry and packages of gum. The night of the accident Harry was to receive a Special Achievement Award at Sunnybrook. The Solar Energy Wall Project he had been working on will be dedicated in Harry's name. We will miss you Harry.

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    And yet the tragedy could have been even greater. Taylor was riding with his 18-year-old daughter, Stephanie, one of four people injured in the accident that survived.

    The operating room surgical assistant at Sunnybrook was one of Taylor's four daughters.

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    As soon as I heard the news I prayed that no one lost their life in that tragic freak accident. It makes us realize how precious life is and I was truly saddened to hear that Mr. Taylor lost his life with his daughter beside him. It leaves me at a loss for words especially when the family never had a chance to say goodbye. I'm sure Mr. Taylor was an honourable man to have been a recipient of a leadership award. May his family know that our thoughts are with them at this sad time. Rest in peace!

    Glynis Huff

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    I am very sorry and sad to hear that Mr. Taylor lost his life in that Freak accident. May God give family and friends the strength to deal with this tragedy. I heard this morning that Mr. Taylor was suppose to receive "The Leadership Award" last night for the great work at the hospital.

    KMundi

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    1 dead, 4 hurt as truck trailer falls on busy Toronto highway (CBC NEWS) November 5th 2008

    One man was killed and four people were injured Wednesday morning when the trailer of a transport truck hauling copper pipe flipped over a guardrail and crashed onto a highway below.

    One of the busiest highway intersections in Toronto has been closed so police can investigate.

    The accident happened at about 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 427, the Queen Elizabeth Way and the Gardiner Expressway in southwes

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    I am deeply saddened about this story. We were watching it unfold and all I could say was "that is someone's loved one." May GOD give your family the strenght to cope thru this. Anyone can post memories on this site. It is my gift to you. Remember a good man who died on the day he was to get a leadership award! He is leading the ANGELS now!

    Love from Kemi
    647-344-5390

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