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ROBERT MICHAEL TAYLOR

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TAYLOR, Robert Michael "Bob" 60, of Norwood, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in West Roxbury after a brave battle with lung cancer. Robert was born on March 31, 1953 in Boston, the son of the late Stillman and Helen (Yorke) Taylor. He graduated from Rindge Technical School in Cambridge and has been a resident of Norwood for twenty years. Mr. Taylor served in the United States Air Force in the 1970s. He worked as an electrician for the Veterans' Hospital for thirty-five years until his retirement in 2012. After his initial cancer diagnosis in 2011, Bob started a cancer support group for employees at the Veterans' Administration Hospital. He is survived by his wife of twenty-eight years, Sandra E. (Zapatka) Taylor; three children, Adam Taylor and his fiancee Meredith Byers of Norwood, Jeremy Taylor and his wife Ritika of Redding, CA, Virginia Telesha and her husband Tom of Albuquerque, New Mexico; three brothers, Wayne Taylor of Florida, Gary Taylor of Billerica, Kevin Taylor of Rockport, ME; his sister-in-law, Susan Zapatka of Norwood; brother-in-law, Henry Zapatka of CT; mother-in-law, Regina Zapatka of CT; six grandchildren, Kayla and Christian Taylor of Houston, TX, Colton, Nicholas, Cameron and Dylan Telesha of New Mexico. He was predeceased by his brother, Brian Taylor, in 2008. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street (Rte 1A), NORWOOD. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 am, prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be private. Gillooly Funeral Home Norwood 781-762-0174 www.gilloolyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 21, 2013
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