Final farewell to Bergvliet bowler

James Edwin Taylor

Bergvliet Bowls Club player James Edwin Taylor recently died in England on February 23, at the age of 95.

Born on April 6, 1921, Mr Taylor joined the Royal Airforce in 1937 and served during the Second World War in Egypt.

An electrician by trade, he worked mainly on ships after the war, and then married Frances Joan Sharples in 1946. In 1963 he emigrated to South Africa with his wife and three children moving to Huxley Drive in Meadowridge in 1965 where he lived until being relocated by his youngest son to England in July 2016.

He started bowling aged about 60 while on holiday in the then Eastern Transvaal and was hooked from the very first bowl.
He joined the Bergvliet Bowling Club on his return and retired at age 62, after which he played bowls well into his 80s.

Survived by his wife of 70 years, Joan, son Dave and daughter Carol Smith (nee Taylor) (Australia), and four grandchildren, his ashes will be taken to be placed beside his eldest son, Michael, in the north of England.