Bob Taylor loves life in Murray Bridge

FOREVER LOCAL: Bob Taylor is a well respected Murraylands community member with an excellent story to share. Photo: Supplied.

FOREVER LOCAL: Bob Taylor is a well respected Murraylands community member with an excellent story to share. Photo: Supplied.

He was born by the river and he plans on never leaving.

A staple within the Murraylands community, Bob Taylor has lived a life immersed within the community.

"I've been in the Murraylands community all my life," Mr Taylor said.

"I was born in Mannum, lived in Mypolonga till I was 11, then moved to Murray Bridge and have been here ever since.

"My first job was with Power Services Limited, I then married Wendy in 1962. We had two children, six grand children and two great-grandchildren.

"I think Murray Bridge is a great place to live. Always have. I could pin-point several great things about the community, but most importantly, it's a great place to live."

Taylor went on to purchase International Harvester Franchise and it was 34 years ago that he bought Mitre 10 in Murray Bridge.

"Originally Mitre 10 was in the main street, it was a very small store, then we shifted it down to the corner which was a much larger store, Mr Taylor said."

Taylor helped regular, everyday tradespeople find the right tools for the job and also advised the weekend warriors with their projects.

"There are a lot of good memories," Mr Taylor said.

"Mitre 10 gave a lot of opportunities to travel for conferences and such. But, dealing with the public everyday was the best memory.

"I really liked interacting with people each day. We had a lot of loyal customers, for a very long time.

"Now I've retired, that's the thing I miss most."

Now with the nine to five grind behind him, it's time to enjoy the community that he has served, contributed to and loved since arriving.

"I worked for 64 years, you get to a stage where enough is enough," Mr Taylor said.

"I retired around 16 months ago and I'm still making up my mind. After you've been working for so long, retirement is just different. Very different. But, I have no regrets with my time.

"There are plans for weekend trips, but no wishes to go overseas. I get asked a lot once I retire, where are we going to live?

"Wendy and I are not going anywhere. We love living by the river, always have been near the river.

"Why would we want to go anywhere else?"

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