Sheldon Taylor, co-founder of Windsors Men United at God Food Bank, has died.
His daughter-in-law Irene Moore Davis says Taylor was not only an accomplished athlete himself at a young age, but was also an inspiration to youth athletes as a referee.
“He was a wonderful person,” said Moore Davis, remembering his sense of humor and popularity with those who knew him.
Moore Davis said the Chrysler retiree signed up for the grocery bank he founded in 1986.
“On the very last day on earth, he volunteered at the board and came home and died,” she said.
Taylor died Tuesday and a funeral visit was held on Friday.
Sheldon Taylor, center, was a descendant of two prominent Underground Railroad families in the Windsor area. (CBC News)
Taylor was inducted into the Windsor-Essex Slo-Pitch Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Windsor Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame last year.
Moore-Davis said he also takes pride in his deep roots in the black community, dating back to settlers who were instrumental in the Underground Railroad.
“Sheldon was a very proud descendant of John and Jane Walls and very, very grateful for the history of the Underground Railroad,” said Moore Davis. “And he was very proud of his Taylor side too. They are both great Underground Railroad families.”
Family member Lana Talbot remembers Taylor’s generosity and commitment to the community.
“He had a mission and his mission was to help people beyond what they could see,” Talbot said.