TAYLOR, Donald (Don) Allan

Don passed away peacefully with his beloved wife Mary of 51 years by his side on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016. He was 77 years of age. He was the loving father of Scott (Karen Schmidt) and Liane Maki (Corey), cherished grandfather of Samantha and Carson Maki and the dear brother of Nancy Stibbard (Jim), Kenneth Taylor, Janice MacDonald (James) and Judy McPherson (Angus). He will be fondly remembered by his extended family and many friends. Don began his working career as a banker. Upon earning his CGA degree he worked for lumber companies in Malakwa, B.C. and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1983, he was called to Toronto where he became the CFO of the Presbyterian Church in Canada where he faithfully served for 20 years until his retirement in 2003. He remained active after his retirement with his involvement in the Canadian Council of Churches, Ecuhome and Melville Presbyterian Church. A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at Melville Presbyterian Church (70 Old Kingston Road, West Hill) beginning with visitation at the church at 10am with the service to follow at 11am. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Lakeridge Health Foundation – Cancer Centre would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street (905-721-1234). Online condolences may be made at www.oshawafuneralhome.com

In 2003, the General Assembly heard a minute of appreciation for Don’s work as CFO.


The General Assembly and the Assembly Council are grateful to God for the long and faithful service of Mr. Donald A. Taylor, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, on the occasion of his retirement.

Mr. Taylor was appointed as Comptroller in July 1983, and has served throughout these past twenty years with commitment and diligence.  During this time he witnessed many changes with the various committee structures of the General Assembly, got to know numerous staff who have worked in the Church Office, and supported the church with his financial acumen through many different programs such as Live the Vision.

The position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer has, over the years become increasingly complex, and Mr. Taylor has provided a very high level of technical service to the church as new legislation and different standards and forms for accounting have been phased in.  Mr. Taylor is known for having a vast ‘corporate memory’ and this has been a great source of information both for management and for various committees over the years.  He provided sound financial leadership to Knox College and to the Canadian Council of Churches that illustrates his commitment to assisting various groups related to the church as part of his ministry.

Coupled with Mr. Taylor’s skill for numbers and vast knowledge is a very personal approach to his work.  It would not be possible to count the number of calls from concerned treasurers, ministers and members of the church he has received and addressed in a clear and sensible way.  Whenever his busy schedule allowed, he offered workshops for treasurers in a number of presbyteries throughout the church.

As a member of the Management Team at Church Offices, he brought a competent and fair approach to working through issues affecting both the facilities and people in the office.  His ability to bring forward, on an annual basis, the myriad of matters that need attention for the smooth operation of the Assembly Council, its budgeting process and the general good order and financial management of the denomination has been appreciated.  Don will be missed as a close and trusted colleague in the office.

Beyond his work at the Church Office, Mr. Taylor is a member of Melville Church where he actively participates in the life of that congregation as an elder and as the envelope secretary.  He was a member on the Evangel Hall and Portland Place Boards where he shared his gifts within an inner city ministry.  For many summers, Don and his wife, Mary, have been attending Chautauqua, a unique Christian program that offers educational and arts programs, from which they return with a desire to share their enthusiasm with others.

The General Assembly wishes to express its appreciation and God’s blessings to Mr. Taylor in his retirement.