John Taylor (1939 – 2020)

A friend of the Workers’ History Museum recently passed away after a brief illness. He was a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Carleton University.

John taught a range of Canadian History and Urban History courses. He was the co-founder and editor of Urban History Review. When speaking about Ottawa, he brought the general patterns of different neighbourhoods to life –such as the Irish domestic servant, and the French-Canadian mill worker. He published an awarding winning book: Ottawa. An Illustrated History in 1986.

He worked with the Museum on our project about the history of Britannia Park and the streetcar that took many Ottawa people to the park to relax and play. His continued interest in the Museum and our stories will be missed by all who knew him.

For a more complete history of John’s life, see the news at the Carleton History Department at this link: