Tributes to Stapleford stalwart who helped bring war memorial to town
A much-loved community stalwart who was instrumental in ensuring Stapleford had its own war memorial has died at the age of 79.
The funeral of Roy ‘The Boy’ Taylor was at Bramcote Crematorium at 12.30pm on Wednesday.
Along with Tony Hansom, former landlord of the Chequers pub and other members of Stapleford Combined Services Club, Mr Taylor, nicknamed ‘The Boy’ because of his diminutive height and his character, had campaigned for Stapleford’s war memorial.
It has been situated in the town’s Walter Parker VC Square for the past five years.
Mr Taylor, who lost a battle with lung cancer, also played a part in the installation of a bench in the square which was unveiled in tribute to Lance Corporal Parker in April.
Mr Taylor, who grew up in Radford, served with 3 Parachute Regiment and the SAS, and had taken part in operations in Malaya and the Middle East in the 1950s.
After his service, he moved to Stapleford, where he used to run a country and western club and spin-off fairs at Pasture Road recreation ground.
Mr Taylor, father to Brett, Alan, Denise and the late Gordon, started a community club in the Chequers, and would take children on trips. Brian Leek, who knew Mr Taylor for 27 years, having moved from Radford to Stapleford, said: “Our war memorial was shared with Beeston, for some reason, so after forming the Combined Services Club, of which Roy was a founder member, we decided to get our own memorial.”
Mr Leek, 66, said Mr Taylor ran a campaign that resulted in 150 people signing up to donate blood. “He had a big heart,” said Mr Leek. who served with the Royal Artillery.”He was a big influence on people’s lives. I think half of Stapleford will be at his funeral on Wednesday.”
Stapleford town councillor John Longdon, vice-chairman of the club, said: “Roy worked immensely hard to get the monument, which I proposed. He was extremely well thought of.”
Stapleford town councillor and Broxtowe borough councillor Richard MacRae added: “Roy was a very popular person in Stapleford who served his country. He is sadly missed.”
A wake will take place at Stapleford and Bramcote Conservative Club, and The Chequers and Equalized club are also hosting tributes on Wednesday.
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