Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Owen Idwal Taylor (1979-2010)

I'll always remember Owen's incredulous laugh and cynicism; his love of cats, so much like mine; his great intelligence and sense of humour. He was purposefully well read, and could hold up his end of any conversation; debating a subject, he regularly trounced his opponent.

He introduced me to the gin gimlet (we drank far too many), and the joy of the comic book. He trained me in the fine art of kitty rodeo (a feat rarely attempted by anyone other than Owen).

I'm nostalgic for the summers we spent pulling 8 hour, all nighters at the Prince George Denny's, drinking shitty coffee and ordering the occasional, waitress appeasing basket of fries, but I wouldn't do it again for anything.

His ear was available when I needed it; his shoulder when we happened to live in the same town... regardless of the inevitable falling outs many good friendships suffer.

He sometimes said laughingly, "when I die, my epitaph should say 'I told you I was sick,'" but I always pictured him repeating it as a crotchety old man; thinking of it makes me smile and cry at the same time.

Owen, I am so sad that you are gone, and I will miss you forever.


  1. Owen is going to be missed. Big time.

  2. By Owen's brother, Gwil:

  3. Beautifully written Amy. Take good care of yourself.

  4. OWTAY...MY OWTAY...
    YOU LEFT WAY TOO SOON - this was NOT supposed to happen - I TOLD you a trillion times. I wanted to give you a bunch of redhead babies to help out the gene shortage!
    ..and cuz I loved you, of course. and you knew that it was you, who I truly wanted.

    Owtay. My soulmate is gone, it's agony... But like The Jesus and Mary Chain song: "I can't live without you, but I'll try."
    ...And I'll try -- because part of who I am, is YOU Owen:
    So many of my mannerisms, sayings, gestures, and opinions have been influenced by you - so much that I do them unconsciously even.
    We have so many inside jokes between us, esoteric to anyone outside of them, so MANY THINGS in common we both loved...
    so many wonderful memories that are wonderful and hilarious...and tender and beautiful.

    ...And without you Owen, I wouldn't be a rapper, I would have never even delved into hip hop without your tutalage. That inspiration started my fire - and if I make it big, it's all for you baby.
    It'll be ALL dedicated to you....

    You are a part of me forever, and I love you unconditionally. 7 years was not enough, but I'm desperately trying to just feel how lucky I was that I was able to have that...

    Sorry for the rant. But Owen Idwal Taylor - I know you're used to my tangential prattle.
    And I know that you love me, and I love you too, beyond space time and eternity. Forever.

  5. By Aileen:

    Owen was certainly the guy in our group back in highschool with the wit, dry humour, and a scathing intellect. He made us think, stretch, and expand our ideas. Owen, thanks for the memories, David Lynch, and pushing the boundaries. May you rest in peace and live in the hearts of your family and friends forever.

  6. Owen and Amy were the first two people in Victoria that I came to call friends. We were very close friends for a long time. There are few people I have met that I looked up to as much as I looked up to Owen. He had this weird confidence and indipedance that I wanted. I remember hours upon hours of discussing comics, playing videogames and watching episodes of Transformers. Owen and I grew apart in the last few years but I had always hopped that it was just a phase. My heart goes out to everyone that loved him. -Dan Snell.