Remembering Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor, of Herb Lake Landing, was born in The Pas MB on March 10, 1938 and died on October 9, 1988 at the age of fifty. He was the son of Ted and Dulcie Taylor and received his early schooling at Herb Lake and Snow Lake and later in The Pas and Winnipeg. He was the grandson of Ben Maxwell of Herb Lake.
At sixteen, he worked for CN Telegrams and had the misfortune of being in an accident when a truck ran over him. He survived his injuries and later worked in Alberta as a ranch hand.
In 1963 Ted returned to Manitoba and worked for Inco in the Thompson mine. In 1966 he was in a mine accident and got muck in his left eye, which left him with only 5% vision in that eye. He later became a surface foreman for Inco.
On June 2, 1967 he was involved in an underground accident when a crane moving timber swung and hit him on his blind side, knocking him thirty feet below, shattering his jaw and eye socket. He was transferred to a hospital in Winnipeg where he remained in a coma for 15 ½ months and was not expected to survive. The doctors said that even if he came out of the coma he would not live, however Ted proved them wrong and he came out of the coma and showed signs of recovery.
Eventually he left the hospital and lived with his sister Brenda. He was bedridden, but his condition slowly started to improve. He was never expected to walk or talk again. However, about a year later, he went to live with his brother Barrie, who constructed ropes along the walls to help Ted learn to stand. Later Ted moved to be with his Dad and eventually they moved back to Thompson.
In December 1973 Ted moved to his trailer at Herb Lake Landing. At this time he stood with crutches only, but he was content and thankful. He worked on his hands and knees to fix up his yard. He purchased a garden tractor and modified it so he could travel back and forth to visit his neighbors. He then got a snowmobile and that became his means of travel in the winter.
In 1983 he obtained a restricted driver’s licence which allowed him to drive into Snow Lake and not be dependent upon others. Ted’s constant companion was his dog “Pal” who travelled everywhere with him. Ted’s mobility and speech continued to improve as the years went by.
Ted grew up in the wilderness and he loved the outdoors and his home at Herb Lake Landing. He suffered much pain and grief in his life but despite this, he met his struggles with an inner strength and courage and a smile upon his friendly face.
It isn’t easy plodding on, Along an uphill road
It’s hard to keep your shoulders square,
Beneath a heavy load.
Still, you can smile, if you’ve a few
Sweet memories to take with you.
– (unknown author)
Reference: from his obituary published in the Snow Lake News Nov 1988