It is with great sadness that I report the death of Harold Taylor, founder partner of electrical contractors Darke & Taylor. Harold’s family want a quiet send off so I just want to recognise his passing as a wonderful man and a true inspiration.
To give a small insight into Harold’s character we need to step back in time to Great Britain in the 1940’s. Harold was doing his apprenticeship and had been told to get a pair of pipe-grips. So on his day off he gets on a bus to Newbury to get a set of the aforementioned. Half-way during the journey the bus was strafed by a passing Messerschmitt and luckily nobody was injured. Showing typical British upper lip all the passengers quietly file off and continue to walk on to Newbury. Harold bought his pipe-grips and quietly returned home.
Later on during the war years Harold was in the navy and his ship successfully brought to the surface and captured a German submarine, along with one of the first Enigma machines to be brought back to Bletchley Park.
Harold was a kind and gentle man, I was and still am very grateful to have known him, he really was one of the “giants that walk amongst us”.
Rest in peace Harold.