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Jack E. Taylor

GRAFTON, VT Jack E. Taylor, 93, of Newington, Conn., formerly of Grafton, Vt., and Bradenton, Fla., died peacefully on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Marie (Gilman) Taylor for the past 39 years. Born in Cody, Nebraska, of homesteader parents, he grew up ranching in the Black Hills, S.D. moving east to New England in 1939. He attended Northeastern University in Boston prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He completed officer's training, trained on a variety of combat planes, and was assigned as an aerial navigator on a B-29 combat crew as a 2nd Lieutenant. Jack retired from Waterbury Farrel, J & L Machine Co. of Springfield, Vt. He and Marie enjoyed 30 years of retirement, traveling to formerly unseen places and making it a priority to visit family and friends. Jack was a skilled cabinetmaker using his talents to make various treasured gifts and furniture. He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman, loving any opportunity to be in the woods or on a boat. Jack was an avid gardener his entire life. He also enjoyed raising and training horses for riding and driving. He was a Mason in Vermont and belonged to the Elks in Florida. Jack easily made lifelong friends and mentored many people sharing his skills and talents. A loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he leaves two daughters, Joan-Alice Taylor-Miles and her husband, Randy Miles, of Newington, and Jacqueline Taylor Backs and her husband, Steve, of Bedford, Ind.; two grandsons, Taylor A. Backs and his wife, Jillian, of Seymour, Ind., and Matthew J. Backs of Mishawaka, Ind.; and two great-granddaughters, Maretta Lynne and Claire Nadine. He also leaves his son-in-law, Frank Jarvis of Saratoga, N.Y.; two sisters and a brother, Malisse Mahlum of Wolf Point, Mont., Donna Jones of Bradenton, Fla. and Dorset, Vt., and David Taylor of Sundance, Wyo.; many nieces and nephews; his step-children, Robert Welch and his wife, Cheyenne, of Portsmouth, N.H., Kathy Welch of Sanford, Maine; step daughter-in-law, Carol Welch Fairbanks of Springfield, Vt.. He was predeceased by his first wife, Edith (Gilbert) Taylor; his daughter, Lynne Louise Taylor Jarvis; and his stepson, Ronald Welch. His family would like to thank his caregivers Yvonne, Yulia, Jadwiga, Harriet, and Anna, as well as the staff of Taylor Therapy Center for the wonderful care and devotion provided throughout the recent years. The family is grateful for the friendship of his Senior Center woodshop buddies. FUNERAL NOTICE: Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 7, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the NEWINGTON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, Conn. with the Rev. Melanie Enfield officiating a funeral service at 1 p.m. He will be laid to rest with military honors in Houghtonville Cemetery, Houghtonville, Vt., in the early summer. Relatives and friends may also call on Friday, March 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Newington Memorial. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS. To share a memory with his family, please visit us at www.newingtonmemorial.com.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer from Mar. 2 to Mar. 5, 2015
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