The story of the Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home begins in the late 1880s. It was called the Taylor Funeral Home, and was started by James Taylor, the first in a line of Taylor's to run this family business. An official date when the Taylor Funeral Home began is not available; however, the first documented funeral service took place on December 17th, 1889. When James retired his son, Harvey, took over running the Taylor Funeral Home. In 1962, Harvey's son, Robert, took over this family business. For over a century the Taylor Funeral Home was run by a member of the Taylor Family.
In 1992, the Taylor Funeral Home posted a position for a funeral director, and Greg Forrest took this position. In 2001, the history of the Taylor Funeral Home was forever changed when Greg, and his wife Carole, purchased half of the business. This resulted in the change of name from the Taylor Funeral Home, to the Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home. When Robert Taylor retired in 2008, Greg and Carole purchased the remainder of the business, and became the sole owners.They work hard to gain and maintain the respect of the community and people they serve.
Forrest and Taylor Funeral Home is a community orientated business who support local organizations such as Lake Simcoe Minor Softball, Georgina Hockey, Sutton Curling Club, The Royal Canadian Legion, The Georgina Food Pantry and Hospice Georgina just to mention a few.
Greg has been a licensed funeral director since 1989. His internship took him to northern Ontario. It was there that he met his wife, Carole. Greg has also worked in Wawa and Haileybury. Looking to head south when a position became available at the Taylor Funeral Home, Greg and Carole moved to Georgina, the place that they now call home for over 25 years. They have two children, Russell and Audree. Russell persues his educational dreams in public health and medicine, while Audree has joined the family business in both an administrative and Funeral director's assistant position, helping out where ever it is needed.
Since the Taylor Funeral Home began in the late 1880s we have had the privilege of serving many families, including those of the famous Canadian author Stephen Leacock. We have also seen many considerable changes in the funeral industry. Traditions and terminology are a prime example of this. Funeral Director’s were referred to as undertakers,caskets were coffins and funeral services were known as wakes, and often conducted in the family home.Times have changed, faces have changed but we look forward to the opportunity of serving your family, and continue the tradition that began years ago by James Taylor as a family owned funeral home.