Dr. Richard Taor passes away at age 73

Brodie Thomas
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Dr. Richard Taor, one of the most preeminent physicians to serve the southwest coast, passed away today at the age of 73.

Dr. Richard Taor served the southwest coast from 1977 until his retirement in 2011.

He was in good health up until about six weeks ago, according to family friend Jane Sheaves.

He is survived by his wife Magda and children Fiona and Christopher.

He emigrated to Port aux Basques from London in 1977 and remained in the community for the rest of his career.

Taor spoke to The Gulf News upon his retirement in September 2011.

He said at that time he had delivered over 1,000 babies at the old cottage hospital in Channel, and later at the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow health Centre.

Taor admitted he did once shop around in other parts of the country for a different job, but after two days on the prairies with his family, he decided it was too flat and boring.

“I’m from England, and I wanted something like England,” he said.

In a letter to the paper, former health centre administrator Bryson Webb summed up Taor’s unwavering commitment to the people of the southwest coast.

“Through the tough times when medical staff would not come to live in Port aux Basques, Dr. Taor remained our rock and the one individual we could depend on for continuing medical care,” said Webb.

Organizations: The Gulf News

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, England, London

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  • Lorna Borden
    April 23, 2014 - 03:54

    Love and prayers to you Magda, Fiona, and Christopher.

  • Lorna Borden
    April 23, 2014 - 03:46

    I am only finding out this sad news now. I am so sorry Magda, Fiona and Christopher. He was a wonderful doctor and although we lost touch over the last few years a beautiful friend. His sense of humour will never be forgotten.

  • Dr. Khin M Myint
    March 29, 2014 - 11:19

    There was no anesthetist in Port aux basques hospital in 1998 and 1999, and Dr. Taor helped me to migrate from South Africa and work as a GP/Anesthetist in Port aux basques, and we were very grateful for what he had done for us.

  • Dr Bill Eaton
    March 03, 2014 - 06:38

    As a long time faculty member in the family medicine department at Memorial University I came to know Dr Taor as a teacher of young doctors. He was an excellent role model for students and a perfect example of the general doctor. He could do everything from surgery to quietly sitting with a distressed family. He was a pleasant, friendly, quiet spoken man with enormous talent. Newfoundland and especially PaB were privileged to have such a man among us as Dr Richard Taor

  • Doreen and Edward Locke
    March 02, 2014 - 16:38

    Dr. Taor was our family doctor for many years. Our prayers and sympathy go to the family at this sad time.

  • shawn pike
    March 02, 2014 - 11:20

    dr.taor was a great dr my mother and father was is patients scene he start in pab when mom and dad got sick dr taor treated them with repect R.I.P dr taor.

  • Loretta Cornish
    March 02, 2014 - 01:25

    so sorry to hear of his passing,he was a great Dr. Prayers and thoughts are with is family at this time.

  • Pat Sheaves
    March 01, 2014 - 22:07

    The world has lost a bright light, a generous spirit, and a kind and gentle soul. Without a doubt, the nicest man I have ever known. Goodbye, dear friend. Rest in peace.

  • Winnie parsons
    March 01, 2014 - 21:17

    Sorry to hear of Dr.Taor's passing. Wonderful doctor. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

  • Rod & marg keeping
    March 01, 2014 - 18:55

    Deepest sympathy on the lost of the great Dr. Taor. Many memories

  • Rev. George Critchell
    March 01, 2014 - 18:08

    So sorry to hear of his passing my prayers and thoughts are with the family.