Taylor used her trucking school to deliver food to the less fortunate.
BURLINGTON, Wash. — Ed Taylor has run the Taylor Trucking School in Burlington for a decade. He is known for his big laugh and bigger heart.
Taylor, 60, recently passed away from a heart attack while riding a motorbike.
Over the years, Taylor has impacted countless lives, such as alumnus Sunny Ceballos.
“He completely changed my life,” she said, tears rolling down her cheeks. “I’m working part-time at a gas station. Now I own my own trucking company. He also always tells me how proud he is of me. Not many people. say so.”
Taylor is best known throughout the Skagit Valley for her work against hunger. Instead of training with an empty trailer, he would ask his students to load their trucks with food and deliver it to food banks. Taylor has been doing this for more than a decade, transporting millions of pounds of food.
He never took any money or any credit.
“He’s a very caring and compassionate person, but he doesn’t want you to think that way,” said former employee Melissa Pace. “If you tell Ed he’s a great guy, he’ll just say, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah.'”
Taylor’s loss has been felt.
Without his big trucks, food banks like Help Hands in Sedro-Woolley have to use their much smaller trucks, making it difficult to get food to where it needs to be. than.
Driving school trucks can carry four times as much cargo as Help Hands trucks.
Food banks may have to pay drivers to deliver food.
“Transportation is the most expensive part of food distribution,” said Rebecca Skrinde, CEO of Help Hands Food Bank.
People at The Help Foundation say Taylor’s students have shipped at least 500,000 pounds of food to them, alone.
Finding someone to take his place will be difficult.
“We don’t even have the kind of equipment that does that kind of work,” says Skrinde. “To see that we’re going to have to work harder to get that heavy food here.”
With less than a week to go until Thanksgiving, Taylor’s fellow truckers are hoping to continue his legacy and food bank project.
“I know he’ll be happy to hear that it’s continuing,” said Pace, who plans to put the matter in front of a large convoy in Taylor’s honor on Saturday.
At least 70 trucks are expected to depart from MP Environmental Services in Everett at 11am and head for the area around Taylor’s school in Burlington.
“There will be a lot of trucks,” said Pace, “all kinds of trucks. Pickup trucks, dump trucks, pickup trucks. You can name it. It’s going to be huge.”
Taylor’s cremated remains will be in the lead van on the final ride.
Anyone attending is asked to bring cash or food donations to the local food bank.
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