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July 5, 2022

Newsletter for the Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 23, Issue 1182

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of Pittwater, as well as our Indigenous readers


GWEN TAYLOR (1945 - 2022)

Gwen Taylor, one of the longest residing members of the Scotland Island community, died on Wednesday, 29 June after a lengthy illness.

Gwen was born in Sydney and educated in Naremburn on the Lower North Shore. She worked in administration and met her husband, Greg, in 1969. In 1972 the couple moved to the island, building a waterfront home on Florence Terrace. It was in that house that Gwen and Greg were to raise their three children: Alison, Daniel and Alana.  

In her many years on the island Gwen made numerous contributions to the community. She was a prominent champion of the first kindy, helping to get it up and running. She was also involved in many island plays. For instance, she played the title role in 'Alice in Wonderland' and acted in Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'.   

'Mum loved the island', says Gwen's daughter Alana. 'She also loved the community, and knew it was the place for her children to grow up in.'

'Mum always said why would I move off the island when it offers beautiful wildlife, the best views of the yacht racing and when every day feels like a holiday.'

Gwen had many great friends on the island, some of whom have moved away, while others remain, including the Batts, June Lahm and Cass Gye.

'Mum was always there for a coffee and a chat', says Alana.
Gwen leaves behind her husband Greg, three children and four beautiful and healthy grandchildren.
A service will be held in Gwen's memory at St Anthony in the Fields, Terrey Hills on Saturday, 9 July, 2.15pm.


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