Audrey Lynne Taylor (née Flewwelling)
April 24, 1941 - October 17, 2019
Lynne will be deeply missed. Big recorder enthusiast, welcoming BCRS president, inspiring teacher, and tireless activist.
I recall my first ever encounter with BCRS few years ago, 'I am new. I play tenor.' Her instant reply was a broad smile and 'We need you!' That was Lynne.
Lynne was a teacher as well as a musician. While chatting at a workshop, I mentioned having regrets that in an effort to perfect too many parts, I was unable to play any well. She looked at me and asked, 'And what did you learn from that?' At an EMV concert I commented that I was learning to enjoy early music. She waved her hand and said, 'This is my life.' Two fond memories of a very strong woman.
Lynne … you will be missed.
I wish I could be at Lynne’s memorial service, but I’m in New Zealand at the moment. I’ll fondly remember Lynne and the times we spent playing recorder together. Lynne liked medieval music, so that’s what we focussed on, in a duo we called 'Merrie Accord' (when adding the word 'surely', it becomes an anagram of 'Early Recorder Music'). Lynne was very independent-minded, and I always appreciated her efficiency and dedication, and her good advice.
Lynne Taylor, late of Vancouver, British Columbia, passed away October 17, 2019, at Vancouver General Hospital following a valiant struggle with cancer. Lynne was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1941 and was adopted as an infant by William Henry Flewwelling and Phyllis (Collins) Flewwelling then of Mirror, Alberta. The family moved to Edmonton, where a sister, Ruth Louise, was also adopted.
Lynne attended Westglen Junior High School and graduated from Ross Sheppard Composite High School in 1958. Following her interest and talent in music, Lynne enrolled at the University of Alberta in 1958 to study music. Her studies included piano, cello, and oboe. After completing two years at the University of Alberta, Lynne transferred to the University of British Columbia where she completed a Bachelor of Education with a major in Music in 1965. Shortly after moving to BC, Lynne married a high school classmate, John Taylor.
Lynne delighted in teaching music to elementary school classes for the Vancouver Public Schools for many years. She was forced to take early retirement due to health issues but she continued to maintain her interest and contact with the world of music. Lynne offered private music lessons to a select group. She particularly enjoyed playing Medieval music on the recorder. She served as President of the BC Recorder Society for many years and devoted much time to operating the organization. She met many friends through the Recorder Society and other musical pursuits.
Lynne will be remembered by all for her quirky sense of fashion. She was always creatively and artistically dressed. As with her music, her dress and her endeavours, Lynne was always meticulous in every detail. Life generally was a serious business.
The family would like to record special thanks to Lynne’s close friends who provided her with love, support, and assistance as her health failed. Lynne was pre-deceased by her father in 1958 and by her mother in 1996, as well as one niece, Carlyn, and a cousin, Brian Flewwelling. She is survived by her only sister, Ruth Louise (Flewwelling) Logan and her husband Roger Logan of Edmonton, AB, and their three daughters: Denise, Jocely, and Andrea, and their families. She is also survived by eleven cousins from the Dean, Walker, and Flewwelling families, namely: Bernice (Dean) Stamford, Dixie Anne (Dean) Montgomery of Toronto, ON; Wendy (Walker) Lee of Kamloops, BC; Cheryl (Walker) Rice of Richmond, BC, Sandra Walker and Bruce Walker; Morris Flewwelling (Hazel) of Red Deer, AB, Heather Anne Flewwelling of Spruce Grove, AB, James Flewwelling (Beverly) of Salmon Arm BC, and Lois (Flewwelling) Amer of Cape Breton Island, NS.
If desired, memorial donations in Lynne’s memory may be made to the Vancouver Foundation in support of music education for children.
Lynne courageously stepped in years ago when the BCRS didn't have a president for more than a year. It was a blessing that Lynne made herself available as it seemed as though BCRS was doomed. I served on the board for maybe two years and in that time had a really good relationship with Lynne. I remember Lynne as a very dedicated member of the BCRS who worked so hard for improvement that it became the most important part of her life.
Lynne was an inspiration to me for her musical taste, for her knowledge and feeling for music, for her painstaking persistance in achieving her goals, for her dedication to playing the recorder and to building and maintaining the BCRS, for her teaching, for the encouragement she gave to new musicians, for her pursuit of excellence and for her commitment to leaving no-one out, for her fortitude and steadfastness in her recent trials, and for many other things besides. We played together and we worked together. I will miss her greatly.