Edward Taylor lived in Links Road, Worthing, for more than 40 years, after starting a recycling business in the 1970s with one truck, and working his way up from there.
He was well known as a ‘waste entrepreneur’, creating a number of waste businesses over the years, most notably in bottle banks and containers, and employed hundreds of people across Sussex.
He is survived by his wife Wendy, and children Andrew and Helen.
Andrew, 49, said: “He was a very down to earth man and he also liked to be involved with his businesses. He wanted to get his hands dirty.
“The best way to describe him is that he was very humorous. He had eight grandchildren and he would take the mick in a fun way and amuse them. He was raised in a council house. He was very unassuming, and a very good man who was like ‘the boy who did well’.”
Edward started in the early 1970s with one truck, but damaged it after driving too close to the sea while on a mission to help clean up Worthing Beach, after a large amount of seaweed washed up.
He then started a number of companies which provided a number of waste management products such as containers and skips, with around 75 people working for him at one time, and sold one of his businesses to Southern Water in the 1990s.
Andrew spoke about his father’s love of the town, and how he still owned land near Clapham Common in Clapham, just outside of Worthing.
He said: “He loved Worthing and never wanted to move out of Worthing. I think he liked the people – he could like people everywhere – but he also liked the countryside. He said there was opportunity everywhere around here.”
Edward’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, July 6, at Worthing Crematorium at 1pm. All are welcome.
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