David was born on 16 July 1936 to Ethel and Owen Taylor in Aylesham, Kent. He is survived by his younger sister and brother, Judith and Keith and by his three daughters, Louise, Sue and Sarah, his sister in law, Betty and many other much loved family and friends.
Ethel and Owen moved back to South Yorkshire from Kent when David was a small child. He went to Slosh School in Tankersley and then to Kirk Balk Secondary School before studying Mechanical Engineering at Wombwell Technical College.
In 1954, he met his beloved late wife, Lorna. He was a talented and passionate photographer and took some beautiful photographs of Lorna in their early years, throughout their many years together and as their family grew. David and Lorna were a very stylish couple and loved dancing – Lorna making her own stunning dresses. They married in 1960 at Tankersley Church and after a few years as a young married couple and buying their first home at Ward Green, they went on to have three daughters, Louise, Sue and Sarah. He was a very much loved grandad to Nathan, Nicole and Jessica and great grandad to Owen, Liam, Nelson, Sadie and Olivia.
David, Lorna, Louise, Sue and Sarah moved to Australia in 1973, where they lived for three and a half years before returning to Tankersley in South Yorkshire and later settling in Derbyshire. David made many great friends during his lifetime – in Yorkshire, Australia and Derbyshire and while working as a mechanical engineer and later in his engineering sales role at Wellman Bibby. He travelled extensively across the country and to many countries in connection with his work, including South Africa, Egypt, Korea, and India and was well respected by everyone he came into contact with and whom he worked with.
David loved to travel, enjoying many holidays with Lorna to the Greek Islands, family holidays in England and further afield, including many recent adventures with Sue, Jessica and Wesley and visiting Louise, Malc, his grandchildren and great grandchildren and Sarah & Will in Australia.
Loved by many, but especially by Lorna, his girls, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Judith, Keith and all his extended family, David will be greatly missed by them and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. A true gentleman who always made time for everyone and greeted them with his charismatic and heart warming smile and conversation.
Date & time of service
December 9, 2020 11:00 am
Order of service
Due to current restrictions, a private funeral service for family and invited guests will take place at All Saints Church, Matlock Bank at 11am on Wednesday, 9 December 2020 followed by interment at Darley Dale cemetery at 12 noon.
The funeral service and interment will be live streamed and recorded and may be viewed by clicking the link on this memorial page.
Donations in memory of David are being received for ‘The Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity’ and may be sent to Thomas Greatorex & Sons Ltd, 29 Knowleston Place, Matlock, DE4 4BU.
75th Surprise in London | July 2011
Submitted by: Alison
This photo reminds me of one of the many happy times we spent with David and his best family. Suzy, Graham and I sat in wait for David to arrive in a pub in London. David didn’t know we were going to be there and I will never forget the surprise on his face when he walked in and saw us waiting for him. Memories like this are priceless and I am honoured to have very special memories of some fabulous times we spent together xx
Ice cream in the park | July 2016
Submitted by: Louise Rhodes
I love this photo of Dad and I enjoying an ice cream in Matlock Park
Our last visit | August 2016
Submitted by: Louise and Malc Rhodes
The last time we were together 4 1/2 yrs ago so sad we couldnt have another of your lovely big hugs
Tribute to David George Taylor
Submitted by: Suzy
I was so lucky to have met you and remember the times we spent together so fondly. Ali has posted a picture of the time we surprised you in London - your face was a picture! But this image also has such fond memories for me - it was one Sunday afternoon at your house with Lorna, Ali, Sarah and Sue - a few (very strong!) vodka and tonics later, we were all giggling away! Such happy memories.
Bibby sales team, Leeds, November 2017
Submitted by: Les Fife
This picture was taken in Leeds in November 2017 at one of the regular get-togethers of the now long retired members of the Bibby sales team. David was always good company when we met up to reminisce about the old times and often recalled his memories of customers, good and not so good, and also his overseas trips about which he shared many happy memories.
David was a great host on the occaisions when we met up in Matlock and will be sadly missed and always remembered whenever we meet up in the future and we shall always raise a glass in his memory
David was a good friend and well liked by customers and workmates alike. He was a good man and we feel lucky we got to know him and to work together
From the guys - Barry, Colin, John and Les
Lovely day in York | April 2019
Submitted by: Sarah
One of many happy memories of spending time exploring beautiful places with my wonderful, Dad. I will miss times like this Dad but treasure the time we spent together, the adventures we had and all the amazing memories created ❤️
Cromford Canal walk
Submitted by: Will Russell
Happy memories of the last time we visited you in Matlock. A very long walk along the canal to the pump house (which was a lot further than you remembered) That was a good day.