Monday, 26 November 2007

Ron Taylor

On Monday 19 November Julian Rota, George Lawson and other members of the staff past and present gathered at the City of London Cemetery, Manor Park, to attend the funeral of Ron Taylor. Ron, who was 79, had been a Director of the company and headed our Antiquarian Department from 1964 to 1990.

The service was a non-religious celebration of Ron's life set to the music he had chosen, from Oscar Straus and Jerome Kern to his beloved Edward Elgar. He was buried in the cemetery's woodland setting and since he was a life-long committed secular socialist we think he would be pleased to know he was not far from the burial place of George Foote, the founding editor of The Free Thinker, and Benjamin Gardner, a Labour MP for West Ham for some fourteen years.

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