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Algoma U Honours the Late Albert Taylor

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – September 30, 2016): Today, Algoma University honoured the life of the late Albert Taylor, the University’s first Physical Plant Superintendent, in a special dedication ceremony on campus. The University renamed the shipping and receiving building the Albert Taylor Building, in memory of his longstanding contributions to the University.

“We are pleased to honour the late Albert Taylor,” said Dr. Craig Chamberlin, President and Vice Chancellor of Algoma University. “Albert worked tirelessly to help improve and beautify the campus of Algoma University College. He is recalled by many as a dedicated employee who worked long hours, and always kept the best interest of the students and the University close at heart. He deserves our recognition and it is only fitting that we recognize him with this dedication today.”

Albert Taylor was born in 1929 in Sunderland, England. A skilled tradesman, he served in the Royal Air Force before eventually moving to Canada in 1957. He found work in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and painted Sir James Dunn High School when it was first constructed in 1957, before going into the contracting business and then earning the position of Physical Plant Superintendent at Algoma University College in 1971.

During those early years at Algoma University College, Taylor was the sole member of the Physical Plant department and was responsible for all physical plant duties, including HVAC, repairs, tendering out contracts, electrical and carpentry work, removing asbestos, plumbing, and tending to the boiler system. He was also responsible for the health and safety of all employees. With a limited budget, Taylor used his own tools and resourcefulness to complete many necessary repairs and renovations. His work was always appreciated by students, staff and faculty. One of many projects Taylor undertook was his construction of a trophy case for the Algoma Thunderbirds recreational hockey team, to the students delight. He retired in 1985.

Outside of the University, Taylor was an avid golfer, gardener, and enjoyed reading his Bible.

Taylor passed away in November of 2002. He is survived by his two sons, Darren and Gary, and his wife Eva. Gary, who is a custodian at the University, remembers helping his father with various physical plant duties in his teen years.

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