Tirsdag d. 23. juli 2002
We have the sad task to inform you of the passing away of our Honorary Life President Mr.Frank Taylor,
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FRANK TAYLOR, OBE
On behalf of AIPS President, Mr.Togay Bayatli and Executive Board Members, with deep regret we announce the passing away of Mr.Frank Taylor - AIPS Honorary Life President and a dear friend and colleague to the international sports media family.
Mr.Taylor passed away on Friday 18th July after a short illness. His boundless energy for many years was the inspiration to those involved in sport media administration. At the venerable age of 80 years, Frank was present in 2001 at the AIPS Congress held in Toronto, Canada.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, July 24th 2002 at Helens church, Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield.
All our condolences to his family, in particular to his dear wife Peggy and to his two sons .
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FRANK TAYLOR : born in Barrow-in-Furness England on the 7.12.1920
Married to Peggy having 2 sons, both journalists.
Honorary Life President of AIPS after being President from 1973-1977 and from 1981-1993.
UEPS President from 1977 to 1981.
Started his journalistic career in 1937. Northern sportswriter for the News Chronicle in Manchester from 1953-61. Sports columnist for the Daily Herald and then Daily Mirror from 1961-85. Joined the Royal Air Force during the 2nd World War until 1946.
Covered first rugby league World Cup in France in 1953 and every Olympic Games from 1964-92. Frank Taylor was the only sports writer to survive the Munich air crash on the 6th February 1958 when 7 journalists and most of the players of Manchester United died.
Retired (as a Lancastrian) to Wakefield and was a member of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Chairman of Wombwell Cricket Luvers’ Society, Governor of Sports Aid (Yorkshire & Humberside), awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1978 for services to sport and sport journalism. Received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and was an honorary member of the British Sports Writers Association where he served on the committee from 1967-73 and was chairman twice, in 1971 and 1973. Ex-member of the IOC and FIFA Press Commissions 1973-1977 and member of the ICSPE Executive Board 1973-1985 and of the World Student Games media committee.
He was author of eight books the most important being the story of the Munich air crash,
‘The Day a Team Died’. Others included: ‘A History of Soccer’, ‘The Nadia Comaneci Story’ and ‘Matt, United and Me’.
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