In loving memory of Martin Taylor who sadly passed away on 29th October 2020
Martin was born in Rangoon, Burma, now Yangon, Myanmar.
He was the youngest of 5 boys With younger twin sisters .
He came to England when he was 12 and lived with his family in Lewisham .
He left school and went to college to train as a Car Mechanic which he excelled in .
He was a very popular and handsome young man, he had many friends, girls adored him.
He was a keen footballer and played Saturday, Sunday
and trained twice a week. He played for several teams over the years and won a multitude of trophies and medals .
Any spare time was spent at The Black Bull pub in Lewisham, which is where he met his Wife, Julie .
Very early in their relationship Julie became pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy, Daniel , they were both overjoyed.
Their early years were very rocky but they were devoted to their little boy and eventually became more settled when their second son, Robert arrived.
Martin gave up work as a mechanic and became a Courier, working hard to provide for his family .
After sadly miscarrying at 6 months gestation, they had another baby, a girl they named Katie .
Martin had a long held dream to become a Black Taxi Driver
Which he fulfilled at the age of 50 after 4 years of working full time and doing the Knowledge .
The whole family were overjoyed and full of pride the day he came home with his Taxi Badge .
The children gradually found partners , married and had children .
Martin and Julie we’re overjoyed to become Grandparents and their greatest joy was spending time with their beloved grandchildren.
In 2013 when he was 58 martin fulfilled another dream which was to return to his Country Of birth, Burma ( now Myanmar)
Along with julie, his brother and his family he travelled to Bangkok then on to Yangon(capital)
For 3 weeks they travelled to see members of family , visit the house where martin was born and others places where martin had spent his childhood . It was an emotional and cathartic experience for all .
Martins football career gradually ended and he took up Racket ball and Tennis , he enjoyed both sports and played on a regular basis , he even played Golf occasionally.
Martin liked to keep fit and was still doing a Power-wave routine at home every other day
After living in Charlton, Woolwich and Welling they made their final move to a cozy little Bungalow in Sidcup.
It was everything they wanted for their older years , Martin had finally got the Garage he had always wanted , along with a delightful little summerhouse (Fred’s Shed) .
Then Lockdown happened and the whole world went quiet ,
but martin and julie were in their element with the weather
hot and sunny they spent months Outside gardening painting and ‘fixing’ and at the end of the day the would sit with a drink and wallow in their home and their happiness.
Sadly martin started to become ill around June and gradually deteriorated over the summer when he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer .
Martins reaction was ‘ what will be will be’ , he never once felt sorry for himself and on the odd occasion when he Cried
“it was for us left behind , he had filled his 65 years with 75 years of life”
Martin Passed away at 4.20am on the 29th October 2020
with his family around him .
He was a larger than life itself and has left not only a massive void but a phenomenal legacy .