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Tributes paid to well-known sixties sportsman David McLean Taylor
2:05pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
A WELL-known local sportsman from the sixties era has died, aged 69.
David McLean Taylor began his sporting career at Malton Grammar School.
He went on to play football for Norton United during the club’s heyday, managed by Pete Johnson, and alongside his lifelong friends, John ‘Rocky’ Hudson and Dave ‘Lacka’ Magson. They also played together for the successful York Sunday Morning League side, Groves Working Men’s Club.
Mr Taylor was also a spin bowler and accomplished batsman for Malton Cricket Club in the East Yorkshire Cup.
Mr Hudson said: ““Dave was a terrific sportsman and after working for British Rail at Malton and the Yorkshire Bank, he joined the Army rising to the rank of Warrant Officer 2.
He continued his sports alongside high-ranking officers representing the Army and travelling the world.
“Dave retired from the Army after 22 years and settled in Harrogate with his wife, Janet. Sadly over the last 10 years, he suffered several strokes leaving him with dementia and latterly requiring full-time care.”
Mr Hudson said: “Dave will always be remembered by those who knew him for his cheeky grin, his sense of humour and his quick wit.”
Mr Taylor died in Harrogate Hospital on Wednesday, August 7. His funeral will be held on Friday, August 16 at 1pm at Stonefall Crematorium, Wetherby Road, Harrogate.
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