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Justus Taylor 1940 - 2009 NORTH POWNAL Justus Taylor, 68, a resident of North Pownal, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in Bennington, following along illness. Born on July 24, 1940, to David and Julie Whitney Taylor, Justus lived a full and interesting life. He learned leather craftsmanship in Greenwich Village and, during the 1960's, opened his own shop, Vermont Leather, in Bennington. He then worked as a freelance cameraman for such companies as National Geographic and Boeing. This work took him around the world working on musical videos, industrial videos, commercials, and motion pictures. Justus remembered most fondly filming whales off the beaches of Argentina. He was someone who literally always had a whale of a tale to tell. He always enjoyed getting back to Vermont where his heart was and where he lived for most of his life. Justus was a jack-of-all trades and a master at everything he did. Recently he worked as a small engine plane mechanic and prior to that, he had worked for 16 years at Hemmings Motor News as vehicle consultant for the antique car collection as well as rallying in The Great American Race. He fabricated paper folding machinery, raced motorcycles for BMW, skied the world's slopes, collected and sold antiques, enjoyed woodworking, was an avid sail plane pilot, and a great cook to boot. Justus was a moveable feast; a Hemingway character, larger than life, charismatic and big -hearted. Wherever he was, he brought his anecdotes and stories with him, along with his charm and smile. He was an irresistible and colorful character who will be sorely missed by all who were made happier by knowing him. The sun in Southwestern Vermont always shone a bit brighter when Justus was in town. Justus met Carla Lund on Christmas Eve in 1883 and they were married in North Pownal on Christmas Eve, 2001. They celebrated their recent anniversary in The Berkshire Medical Center, returning shortly thereafter, as Justus requested, to Vermont. During the last year of Justus' life, he began traveling again, this time deeply within himself. He became engrossed with something called Journeywork which brought him to places he had heretofore never journeyed. Justus was a magnificent and complex person who traveled the wide world to find himself at peace and at Home. Besides his wife, Carla Lund, Justus leaves a daughter, Laura Hauze; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter; his father and stepmother, David and Shirley Taylor; two brothers, Lee Taylor and Jonathan Taylor, and two half-brothers, Seth Taylor and Aram Taylor. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial celebration will be announced in warmer weather. Memorial donations in Justus' memory may be made to either the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center or the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the office of the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT. 05201. Justus' complete obituary and an online guest book may be found at www. maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 14, 2009
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