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Robert H. Taylor Obituary
TAYLOR, Robert H. Died in his sleep after a brief illness on Saturday night at Clark House in Westwood, Massachusetts. He was 92 years of age and until his final illness he lived independently, volunteered in the community and played golf regularly. At his death Mr. Taylor maintained homes in Westwood and Osterville, Massachusetts and Naples, Florida. He is remembered for his love, service and loyalty to family and friends. Unfailingly polite, he was always ready with a quiet strength, sound advice and a generous heart. He took particular joy in his family and was always looking for ways to help those around him. He delighted in working on projects with his children and did not mind in the least that he emerged wearing as much paint as he had applied. Born January 14, 1919 in Melrose Highlands the son of Herbert Francis Taylor and Marion Huff Taylor, he grew up in Wakefield, attending Wakefield and Browne and Nichols schools. He was of sound stock, his mother living until almost 105. Married to June Beebe Rockwood Taylor in 1948 at Emmanuel Church, Boston, they lived for many years in Wellesley, bringing up 3 children, and Osterville, where both had vacationed as children, and in Naples. They were parted by her death almost exactly 10 years ago after 52 years of marriage. A third generation banker, Mr. Taylor was the retired Chairman of the Boston Federal Savings Bank having served it and its predecessor institutions for 52 years, beginning as an errand boy in 1937, he progressed to President and CEO and then Chairman from 1968 to 1989. He was active in civic and professional affairs and served as a federal jury commissioner, a Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston as well as serving on the boards of regional and national savings and loan association trade organizations. In his retirement he sought out opportunities to volunteer working with Habitat for Humanity, Naples Community Hospital and the Naples and Barnstable Police and Recreation Departments. Serving in World War II as a company commander in the field artillery, Mr. Taylor campaigned in Europe with the 605th Tank Destroyer Battalion seeing action in the drive to the Rhine River at Remagen bridgehead, crossing the Rhine at Xanten, participating in the reduction of the Ruhr Pocket and crossing the Elbe at Bleckede. As a part of the 82nd Airborne Division, his unit contacted the Russian Army near Ludwigslust 4 days before the end of the war. He served in military government in Gottsburen, Germany until his return to the States and discharge. Mr. Taylor was predeceased by his wife June and his brothers Allan, Stanley and Lawrence. His sister, June Taylor Wright of Boca Grande, Florida and New London, New Hampshire, survives. He leaves behind his three children and their spouses, Robert H. Taylor, Jr. (Cynthia), of Scarborough, Maine, Stanley Chase Taylor (Marilyn), of Southborough, Massachusetts and Lee Beebe Taylor Payton, (Jerry) of Natick, Massachusetts, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on June 18, 2011 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Wianno, Massachusetts. The family would greatly appreciate memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
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Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 18, 2011
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