Obituary: Peter Lyon Taylor

Date published: 17 May 2024

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Peter Lyon Taylor. Loving father of James Taylor, devoted husband of Viv, and cherished brother of Anthony, Peter passed away peacefully at Springhill Hospice on 13 April, aged 70.

Peter was born on Christmas Eve 1953, as the first child of John and Eileen Taylor. The family lived on Broadhalgh Avenue in Rochdale, and Peter's brother Anthony was born four and a half years later.

Peter pursued higher education at Hull University and qualified in 1980. He joined the family firm Standing and Taylor. Tragically his father’s other business partner died suddenly a year later, meaning that Peter had to become a partner with his father.

He arranged the merger with Athertons to form Atherton Standing Taylor (AST), which included partners David Chad and Paul Watson, and then later with Hampsons to form AST Hampsons.

He worked at AST Hampsons all of his career (originally Standing Taylor and Co), being the 4th generation in his family to work in the firm, becoming the senior partner at AST Hampsons Solicitors, where he was known as the heart of the firm.


Peter Taylor


Beyond his professional achievements, Peter was a friend to many, sharing his passion for sailing and his talent for playing the piano from an early age.

A celebration of Peter's life will take place at Bamford Chapel on Monday 20 May, at 10.45 am, followed by lunch and a chance to share memories of Peter at Rochdale Golf Club.

The family requests that only family flowers be sent. However, donations in Peter's memory can be made to Springhill Hospice, if desired.

For any enquiries, please contact Bridgefold Funeral Service on 01706 639941.

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