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Neil Deming Taylor, 38, of Brattleboro, died on Sunday, October 29th, after ten courageous years living with the challenges of brain cancer and the blindness that resulted from it. Neil was an inspiration to all who knew him, affirming the fact that overwhelming loss cannot win out over determination and resolve to live life to the fullest. When one part of his life ended, he forged a new one that included adventure, physical and intellectual challenges, and deep connections with others. He spent time at The Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts in order to learn the skills to live independently, earned certification in massage therapy through Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland, spent time rock and ice climbing with Paradox Sports, opened his own business, The Blind Masseur, on High Street, and became a voice and advocate for the disabled through his many speaking engagements, some in conjunction with his close friend, Laura Momaney who uses a wheelchair. In December 2016, he published his memoir, The Life We Got: Losing Sight and Gaining Vision, co-authored with his mother.

Neil grew up in the village of Westminster West where he attended the neighborhood's two-room schoolhouse before attending Westminster Center School and Bellows Falls Middle School. He is a graduate of The Putney School, attended University of Vermont, and received a B.A. in Sociology from University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

Neil leaves his life partner and love of his life, Katy Keenan of Brattleboro, his parents, Jim and Alison Taylor of Brattleboro, his sister, Jessica Taylor and her husband, Kurt Lynch of Putney, and his twin brother, Jackson Taylor and his wife Sarah of Long Island, New York. In addition he leaves five nieces and nephews, seventeen cousins, fifteen aunts and uncles, his devoted clients and a wide circle of friends.

SERVICES: There will be a celebration of Neil's life at the Currier Center on the campus of The Putney School at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 12th.

Contributions in Neil's memory can be made to The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 60 Kimball Avenue, S. Burlington, VT 05403 (vabvi.org/make-a-donation) or Paradox Sports, NE Division, PO Box 273, Eldorado Springs, CO 80025 (paradoxsports.org/donate).
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 2, 2017
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