Celebrating a life well lived
EVANS Head came to a standstill two weeks ago to attend the funeral and honour the life of local Jeremy Taylor, who passed away due to a congenital heart condition.
The Evans Head Bowling Club was filled to capacity afterwards with hundreds who came to celebrate the life of a well-loved man.
Jeremy Scott Taylor was aged 32 and, according to his family, was born a fisherman.
He was father to Jackson, 5, as well as being an uncle; a brother to Jamie-Lee, Jason and Jodie, and the eldest son of Bill and Sharon (dec'd) Taylor, of Woodburn.
Jeremy, who was an Evans Head local through and through, had grown up in the area since the 1980s and always ended up living somewhere close by.
He was a student at Woodburn Central before leaving at the end of Year 10 to start an apprenticeship as a builder before discovering tuna fishing on a local boat.
After that experience he never stopped working on the ocean.
Jeremy went on to become a skipper and skippered boats along the coast. He spent his last fishing years based around Yamba, Iluka and Evans Head to be close to his son, who lives at Yamba.
Jeremy had friends from all walks of life and knew many people.
According to his family, Jeremy would "just go to the shop" and run into so-and-so and you wouldn't see him until the next day.
His sister Jodie said growing up with a heart condition meant Jeremy made sure he lived every day flat-out.
"He filled every bit with adventure and fun, he lived day to day and would have completed his bucket list over and over," she said.
"Jeremy's sudden passing has left Evans Head reeling and all who knew him.
"Jeremy was one-of-a-kind and has left behind plenty of memories and funny stories to be told for years to come."