Nick was a great neighbor and astute business partner. I cherish his friendship and mentorship. I found him accomplished and humble at the same time -- not easy to find in a great man. When others grew more excited, he had the gift of being calmer. He knew so many people. He was full of stories of interesting people he had know in the past.
Over his lifetime of accomplishment Nick was a member of the Legislature of Alberta and Leader of the Official Opposition in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
He was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1996 serving six years. He outlived his friends Peter Lougheed and Pierre Trudeau. He was still advising in the Liberal Party on oil and gas policy right up to his passing.
Nick, trained as a geologist, partnered with companies all over the world, has served as president of an Israeli oil company and a member of the Israeli Stock Exchange.
I miss you Nick. Blessings of peace on his family.
i frequently remember being a guest in his home,
was quite a honor ... and think of the effort being a good opposition is a win.
Peggy and Family,
Where to begin, so many memories, so many years! Nick gave it his all to the Liberal Party. I can't recollect the year, but a a convention in Lethbridge, to raise funds Nick's tie was auctioned - but more funds were required. So from the platform Nick offered the shirt off his back. To encourage bidding I went too far and won the auction. All the young Liberals had to chip I because I'd bid more than I could afford. I think it was probably Peg's good sense, but I recollect Nick attempt to take his shirt off - but was prevented from doing so!
Our deepest condolences,
Dave Hastings and Family
Dear Mrs Taylor and family
I have lasting memories of Nick Taylor especially the campaign of 1968 where I developed an interest in politics. I still have a Nick pin from that election. Nick Taylor stayed loyal to his political ideals and served his province and country with passion and civility. I hope that your memories of him bring you comfort.
Mrs. Taylor and family,
My sincere condolences, this is a loss both to you and the country. He was a great Albertan and a great Canadian !
I think I first met Nick in the spring of 1968 when Patrice, Mary, and I were initiated into Nick's epic battle to support P.E.T. and Liberal ideals in Alberta. We had a great time as I recall and actually even learned a thing or two about politics.
In the subsequent years at UofC both our friendship and our interest in political and social changes intensified and took a path to the left of mainstream ideas. Although our ideas and ideals have perhaps matured with age, I can still relate to those powerful messages of 1968 of social change, public interest, contributing to the building of a civil society, fairness, and equality.
Not quite up to the French standard of "Liberté, égalité, fraternité", but getting there.
Thank you Nick for helping me (and many others) move along that path.
Rest In Peace.
We had very heavy hearts when we found out the former Leader of our Party, and former Senator for Alberta in the Senate of Canada, the Honourable Nick Taylor, passed away.
Nick was a giant in Alberta politics. He was the fearless, committed Leader of our Party for 15 years — from 1974 to 1988 — during one of the most challenging periods in Alberta Liberal history. Before being elected MLA for Westlock-Sturgeon (1986-1993) and Redwater (1993-1996), he worked as Leader for no salary, attending the Legislature regularly, sitting in the Visitor’s Gallery and taking notes.
Nick cared deeply about Alberta and its people. Born in Bow Island and a graduate of the University of Alberta, he was a self-made highly-successful businessman in the oil and gas industry. He epitomised the Alberta values of hard work and entrepreneurship and was held in high regard by people from across the political spectrum, as the outpouring of tributes we've read demonstrates.
After Nick left provincial politics, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed him to the Senate, where he championed policies to make Alberta and Canada a better place for all of us.
Nick retired from the Senate in 2002 but continued to support and attend Liberal events. One of the most notable recent events was the Tribute to David Swann I hosted in November 2018. Until the last few months, he was still driving himself into work in downtown Calgary most days from his home in Chestermere!
Nick was a friend and mentor to Alberta Liberal Leaders who came after him, including me. I consulted with him on our 2019 provincial election platform. He gave me some excellent advice and ideas, including a policy on democratic renewal to create four seats in the Alberta Legislature to be elected by First Nations and Métis peoples — which he said existed after the First World War.
He was always quick to laugh, and had boundless empathy for others, as so many are remembering now.
I just spoke to him recently — he was in the hospital — and we were all hoping he would pull through. But, he was 92 — he would have been 93 next month — and he lived a great life.
I offer my deepest condolences to his wife, Margaret (Peg) Taylor, his nine children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I’m very sorry we can’t have a big celebration of his life right now. We will be paying tribute to him at a future date.
David Khan, Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
I was so sorry to learn that Nick had passed away. I will remember Nick's lovely laugh. He was such a generous and kind person and had a great sense of humour. He loved to laugh and to share a laugh. I was travelling with Nick and Peg over 9-11 in Burkina Faso. I'll never forget out flight out on Friday night after all the tragedy in NY and fear everywhere. We boarded an Air France flight very late at night, walking across the tarmac and up the stairs. With two seats, 4/5 seats and two seats across. Nick and Peg were several rows behind me and the stop over in Bamako Mali became problematic as we bounced up and around in 3 attempted landings in a wild thunderstorm. No one spoke on the plane, many were clutching hands. When we finally landed in Bamako, Nick and I met in the aisle and he assured me - that was the WORST landing he'd ever been on and he'd been on some REALLY bad flights! He was calm and caring and told some wild story (a bumpy ride and a quick trip into detention for not having a proper visa?) to make us all laugh. We finally arrived at 6am in Paris and of course, rooms were not ready yet at the hotel. Calm, kind, able to roll with it all, Nick lead the way to the breakfast room and we all sat together, making the most of being stuck in a hotel lobby for a few hours, eating well, finding a newspaper and always thinking of the bright side of the situation. I can hear his chuckle about one thing or another as I type.
I was very lucky to see Nick work a room in Alberta, in Ottawa, in Ougadougou and in many places. He and Peg are a wonderful team. Thank you to the Taylor family for sharing Nick with all Canadians. RIP Nick! You'll be missed.
My father was a candidate for Nick Taylor's Alberta Liberals in 1975 and 1979. Our family immigrated to Canada in 1972 and Nick Taylor was one of those rare individuals at the time, who openly embraced newcomers and was committed to equal opportunity. We are and will be forever grateful for his commitment to public service and his ability to inspire and instil the same commitment in numerous Albertans. For our family, our values and sense of public service is directly attributable to Nick Taylor. On behalf of the entire Chahal family, our condolences to the Taylor family.
For many years Nick Taylor was the Alberta Liberal Party. It is not an exaggeration to suggest that at one point, he might
have saved the party. If any Provincial Liberal deserves everlasting recognition, it is Nick Taylor.
Sincere condolences to all family and friends.
I was in high school or first year of university when 'Mr. Taylor' appeared on the Pickard family scene. Mum, a rabid Liberal, worked hard on his campaigns, and persuaded his daughters to wave the flag too. I was there for what you describe as a 'heartbreaking loss', and believe me, it was: only 300 votes out of a total of around 10,000. It was small consolation that no other opponent of the incumbent Douglas Harkness had ever come so close to defeating him. I would have to say that Nick's federal campaign was likely the catalyst for my lifelong participation in politics as a supporter, campaigner, and scrutineer. I rarely saw Nick over the past couple of decades, but it was always a pleasure to bump into him, and I was touched that he came to Dad's memorial service. I'm sorry, Taylor family, that you have lost a special man. Alberta needs more politicians like him.
I did not know Nick Taylor personally but I took note of his work in the Alberta Legislature and always admired him for
his strong commitment to democracy and to work hard for the good of Albertans. I appreciate all that he did for us.
As a family, you can be rightfully proud of this man - a true Canadian.
Nick earned my esteem and respect as a fellow member, but different political party, of the Alberta Legislature.
Beneath his good humour and occasional rambunctious expressions, his respect for democracy and care for the people of Alberta/Canada were always present. He was an energetic politician in the face of long odds.
I wish his family comfort in the memories of a true gentleman.
Les Young, Edmonton
Deepest sympathies to you, Patrice, and your family on the death of your dad. He was a fine man who had the best at heart for Alberta and its citizens, as well as his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate this journey of grief.
Jane (Treanor) Oxenbury
I had the privilege of working with Nick when we were both serving in the legislature. Nick was a mentor who always had good advice and insights into many topics. It was fun to watch Nick in action because I often said that I didn’t think Nick could walk into a room anywhere in the province without knowing many of the people in the room. It was a privilege to get to know Nick the politician and Nick the gentleman. He said that the pursuit of political life is a calling similar to those who sought the clergy. Nick was a great alberta who will be missed by so many. Condolences to Peg and the family.
To the Taylor family, my condolences to you. "Mr. Taylor" as I knew him growing up, was the dad to my friends out at the lake. Being welcomed into their cabin at any time was always a fun, busy time. Many great memories for a life well lived...Judy (Douglas)
I met Nick when I was a new reporter working at OK radio in Barrhead in the early 80s and he was trying to become the MLA then. He lost unfortunately, but he was such a wonderful man and so kind. I ran into him many times over the years and he always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye. A true gentleman. Rest In Peace. My condolences to your family but what a life well lived. Shannon Sampert, PhD
Nick was a warm, smart and funny gentleman. One of the finest Albertans ever. Sad condolences to family and his many friends.
I first met Nick in 1963 or 64, at - what else - a Liberal meeting. I have had enormous respect for him over the years, both as a businessman and a politician. Most people can do one or the other, seldom do they have the capacity for both. Nick had the capacity for both. He was also a community-minded man whose family was of the utmost importance to him. His efforts on the part of the Liberal Party were Herculean. As a public person he delivered his contributions with a mischievous smile, a quip, always indefatigably, and always effective. It was a pleasure to have worked with him, and a pleasure to have known him. It was a life, well lived! My sincere condolences to Peg and family.
I met Nick when I first moved to Calgary when I financed one of Nick’s O&G plays. We remained friends and while I never took up his requests to run for office, he influenced my continued commitment to public service. He served in the Senate with My mom and for a time were seat mates sharing many laughs and opinions. I will miss him and consider it an honour to have known him.
I’m sorry for your loss.
Thinking of all who knew and loved him.
Nick Taylor was one of those personalities that you fondly remember for a lifetime. He knocked on our door back in the 70's and convinced us to vote Liberal for the first time. That conversation inspired us to become more involved in the Alberta Liberal Party. His influence has always been the core our political compass and his values reflected our own. He was great man who mentored and encouraged so many. A huge loss to many of us. His work is done, may he rest in peace.
Mrs. Taylor and family,
What a fine, great man. He was always so kind to us all. Our sincere condolences, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
The Burke-Gaffney family.
My thoughts are with all of the family at this time. Now Cayt and Ian are together with their Dad again. My sincere sympathy to you all at this time of sadness and loss. "None but those shadowed by death's approach are suffered to know that death is a blessing; the gods conceal this from those who have life before them in order that they may go on living." Lucan, De bello civili, Book 4.517-20 Sincerely, Colleen Hoppins
Mrs. Taylor: with sincere sympathy to your family. The Moriarty and Taylor family shared many memories together. Your family has lost someone very important, who touched many lives, especially yours. He will be missed. We are thinking of you all.
The Moriarty family.