Algoma University honoured the life of the late Albert Taylor, the University’s first Plant Superintendent in a special dedication ceremony on campus. The University renamed the shipping and receiving, building the Albert Taylor Building, in memory of his longstanding contributions to the University.
“We are pleased to honour the late Albert Taylor,” said Dr. Craig Chamberlin, President and Vice Chancellor of Algoma University. “Albert worked tirelessly to help improve and beautify the campus of Algoma University College. He is recalled by many as a dedicated employee who worked long hours, and always kept the best interest of the students and the University close at heart. He deserves our recognition and it is only fitting that we recognize him with this dedication today.”
Albert Taylor was born in 1929 in Sunderland, England. He served in the Royal Air Force. Not wanting to continue his career in the air force, Taylor moved to Canada. He found work in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario painting Sir James Dunn High School before going into the contracting business and then earning the position of Plant Superintendent at Algoma University College in June of 1972. With the University, Taylor was the sole member of the department and was responsible for all physical plant duties, including HVAC, repairs, tendering out contracts, electrical, carpentry, removing asbestos, plumping, and tending to the boiler system. He was also responsible for the health and safety of all employees. With a limited budget, Taylor used his own tools and recycled scrap metal and wood. He also fundraised to help pay for projects, including a trophy case to display the University’s first-ever athletics trophy, won by the Algoma Thunderbirds recreational hockey team in the City Championships. He retired in 1985.
Outside of the University, Taylor was an avid golfer, gardener, and student of Bible eschatology.
Taylor passed away in November of 2002. He is survived by his two sons, Darren and Gary, and his wife Eva. Gary, who is a custodian at the University, remembers helping his father with various physical plant duties, including turning on and off the boiler system when he was just 13 years-old.