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A Century of Tradition

William Ross Taylor


Our twenty-fourth President in the year 1954, having been Vice-President the previous year, was Ross Taylor also prominent at most Society functions at which he acted as toast master and MC for many years. Ross was born in 1910 in the Banff town of Portsoy and was educated at Hillhead High School, Glasgow. On leaving school he worked for a while with Drysdale & Co. Engineers, Yoker, before joining Vestey’s Union Cold Storage.

Ross was originally destined for China but turned up in Santos in February 1933 and stayed in Brazil for the remainder of his working life during which time he "served his masters" in the different towns with meat packing plants i.e. Mendes, Pelotas and Barretos as well as Santos. In the early war years, he was appointed Chief Buyer of the Frigorífico Anglo and remained in this post until his retiral in 1971.

Ross was given a farewell party by the Committee and friends at the house of Vice-President Eric Binnie as he had decided to live his retiral in Scotland but the pull of the Southern Cross was too much for him and he was back within twelve months and hasn't spoken of living elsewhere than Sao Paulo since.

A keen Mason, during the year he was President of the Society he also was Worshipful Master of the Unity Lodge. His sports were golf, tennis.

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