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Kevin, you lived a life of meaning, adventure and accomplishment.
We love you, and your memory will live on forever.
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About Kevin

Kevin passed away on August 6, 2021, at the age of 52, at the family cottage.

Kevin was born in Calgary and lived with his parents and sister in several cities throughout the country including Comox, Trenton and Greenwood. He lived many years in Ottawa, where he met his future wife Jackie. Kevin also spent two formative years abroad in Singapore, working as a respiratory therapist.

Kevin was a devoted husband and father. Together for 25 years, he and Jackie were true partners who could see the humour in the busy-ness of life with four kids. Kevin loved his children deeply. He enjoyed spending time with them, whether it was in everyday activities, or when he was sharing new and exciting adventures with them.

Kevin was also deeply committed to his chosen profession of respiratory therapy. He had been an RT for 25 years and was widely known and well respected in the RT and health care communities, both in Ontario and across the country. Most recently, he was the Registrar & CEO of the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario. He proudly represented his profession through his leadership on numerous external boards and committees, and was deeply involved in the regulatory community.

Kevin was energetic and endlessly curious, and found joy in many things - international travel, listening to an eclectic range of music, collecting and playing guitars, spending time outdoors and staying active through swimming, running, cycling, and adventure racing. Kevin enjoyed nothing more than sharing a cup of coffee, a craft beer, or a glass of scotch, with the many friends and colleagues with whom he had forged strong and lasting relationships.

Kevin had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in April 2021. He was brave and determined in the face of a life limiting diagnosis, and in spite of a complicated course of treatment. He put every effort into coming to terms with the diagnosis, and doing everything he could to love and support his family.

Kevin was the deeply loved husband of Jacqueline Houston, and Papa to their children, Isaac, Théo, Felix and Zoé Taylor. Kevin was the cherished son of John and Irene Taylor (Peterborough) and adored by his sister, Shannon Taylor. Kevin was the much loved grandson of George (d. 2015) and Marguerita Isaac of Calgary, and of Mary Ann Taylor (d. 2014, Calgary). He will be deeply missed by Jackie’s family including her parents Louise Bélanger and John Houston (Ottawa), and by her brother Patrick Houston and his wife Cara Houston (Ottawa). The extended Taylor, Isaac, Bélanger and Houston families will always cherish their memories of Kevin.

Details regarding a celebration of life will be shared at a future date, in consideration of Covid-19 precautions.

Please consider a donation in Kevin’s memory, to one of the charities below. These charities were selected to:
  • Recognize Kevin’s contributions to his profession of respiratory therapy.

  • Help support research and innovation in glioblastoma to improve treatment options and overall survival for patients who receive this devastating diagnosis.

  • Acknowledge the tremendous care that Kevin received in several hospitals across the province.

Michener Institute
for Education
In recognition of his leadership in respiratory therapy, and his commitment to education and professional development, a yearly bursary will be awarded to a graduating respiratory therapy student at the Michener Institute of Education. Please click below to donate to the Kevin Taylor Memorial Award for Leadership in Respiratory Therapy at the Michener Institute of Education (through the UHN Foundation), or call 416-603-5300. Please identify that your donation is in tribute to Kevin Taylor.
Bridgepoint Active
Please click below to support the delivery of person-centred and compassionate rehabilitation care that helps individuals reach their goals and potential, or call 416-586-8203. Once you have completed your donation, you will have the option to identify that your gift is in tribute to Kevin Taylor.

Please click below to support cancer research that will improve the treatment and care of individuals diagnosed with glioblastoma, or call 416-480-4483. Please identify that your donation is in tribute to Kevin Taylor.
The Ottawa
Please click below to support research, and the development and spread, of innovative neurosurgical approaches for glioblastoma, or call 613-761-4295. All donations made in tribute to Kevin Taylor will be directed towards glioblastoma research.
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