Former Canadian cricket administrator and sports consultant Roy Taylor has passed away.
The Barbadian-born Taylor, who migrated to Canada in 1962 and took up residence in Montreal before coming to Toronto, succumbed to cancer. He was 69.
Taylor spent several years with Montreal’s Verdun Cricket Club as a player and administrator and represented Quebec in the 1971 national championships in Vancouver. He served as secretary and president of the Quebec Cricket Federation for four years each and managed the Canadian Colts which toured England and The Netherlands and participated in the inaugural International Youth Tournament in 1975.
A year later, Taylor was appointed assistant manager of the Canadian team that toured the Leeward and Windward Islands. Canada’s first match was against Antigua which included former West Indies players Andy Roberts and Sir Viv Richards.
Taylor also managed Canadian teams against the United States in Los Angeles in 1983, in Jamaica a year later, in the first North American triangular series in Bermuda in 1985 when Canada secured the Sir Henry Tucker trophy and in the 1986 International Cricket Council World Cup qualifier in England.
In 1978, Taylor was summoned to serve a second term as president of the Quebec federation before being appointed executive director of the Ontario Cricket Association (OCA) in 1985. He replaced Donovan Meston who passed away earlier that year.
Taylor was also a national senior coordinator, chairman of the junior selection committee and national selector.
“Roy was a highly competent administrator who served cricket well in Canada,” said retired cricket administrator Errol Townshend.
Taylor spent six years with the OCA before leaving to become a sports consultant with the province’s sport and recreation ministry.
“Even though he was not with the OCA, he was in the same building and I was able to benefit from his advice,” said Tony McWatt who replaced Taylor. “He was very helpful and he never lost contact with the sport. Many of the guys he managed also respected him highly.”
In keeping with a request of the deceased, a private funeral was held.