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Governor General, Sir Howard Cooke and Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Carl Marshall will head the list of mourners at the funeral services for the late Dr. Garth Taylor today (November 26) at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
The 61-year-old Dr. Taylor, a well-known ophthalmologist and cornea specialist, died on Nov. 19 in the Ottawa Heart Institute. He was born in Montego Bay and attended Cornwall College, the University of the West Indies and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
High Commissioner Marshall has described Dr. Taylor as an exceptional human being, who represented both Jamaica and Canada with unqualified distinction.”Dr. Garth Taylor was a model for emulation in many ways. He was well planted and firmly rooted in his understanding of his function as a human being. He performed his function and tasks with the excellence proper to them.”
Dr. Taylor was the Chief of Ophthalmology at Cornwall Community Hospital and a professor of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University, and had only recently been bestowed with the Order of Jamaica on National Heroes Day, October 17, for “dedicated humanitarian service in the field of Ophthalmology.”
Dr. Taylor served as head of Orbis Canada from 1984 to 1987 and more recently as Vice-President and a volunteer medical director for the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, a converted DC-10 airplane. He had been on more than 100 sight saving missions with Orbis and was very instrumental in the organization’s ‘Building Eye Care Capacity at the Bustamante Hospital for Children Project’.
Over a three-year period, the project is expected to train eight eye care practitioners; examine and treat 10,000 children for eye care problems; perform 1,000 surgeries; and implement public education programmes to improve the eye care awareness of 10,000 persons. A statement from Orbis describes the late doctor as the organization’s most active medical volunteer who was “brilliant, humble, outspoken, kind-hearted and generous”.
In 2004, Maclean’s Magazine, one of Canada’s leading news publications, named Dr. Taylor to their annual Honour Roll, recognizing him as a Canadian who not only made a difference through the work he did, but also made Canada a better place.
Mr. Dan Williamson, Chairman of the St. Thomas Healthcare Association, paid tribute to Dr. Taylor, noting that he had assisted the organization with its first eyecare clinic in 1998 at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.
Mr. Williams described Dr. Taylor as a true humanitarian who had given his services free of cost on several occasions to Jamaicans who could not afford to pay for their eye operation.
Dr. Taylor is survived by his wife Beverley and children Leanne and Gregory.