"That was my lifeblood," Taylor said on Tuesday soon after Remembrance Day ceremonies had taken place across the country. "Everything that I had to identify … all my army records, my will, my property ownership, my cash, my mother's 23-karat gold wedding band … she wore it for 67 years, and just before she died, she took it off and handed it to me."
Taylor served in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps starting in August 1942 and was discharged in March 1946. He was a technician who performed electrical work on military vehicles.
"It was a pastime. I worked at my job, tried not to get hit by anything," Taylor said. "I managed to survive. I had a few close calls, but I made it."
Marian Garner is a close neighbour of Taylor's, whom she describes as a generous man.
"He was shaking from head to toe. His body was just quivering," said Garner, who ran out to see Taylor when she saw police cars in his driveway on Friday afternoon.
Police said on Sunday night that there is no indication the man was targeted.
Taylor said since news of the burglary broke, community members have given him more than $2,000. Taylor will be donating it all to the charities he supports.
"Everybody's been running to my aid," he said with a rueful smile.