Gainesville, FL-Philip Sherwood Taylor passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 19 with family by his side.
Phil, the youngest of nine children, was born in Bradford Pennsylvania on January 21, 1915. He graduated from Warren High School in 1933, where he lettered in football as quarterback. During World War II, Phil worked building naval vessels, including sub chasers, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It was there he met the love of his life, Jeanette, "Deb" Taylor (née Hale), whom he married in 1945. Phil and Deb became entranced with the beauties of Door County Wisconsin, a region beloved by them and their descendants to this day. After 35 years with the Hausermann Company, Phil-known as "Bang" to his family and close friends-retired to Gainesville in1980 to be near the family he cherished. He was creative and young at heart all of his life. Phil was an award winning amateur photographer, enjoyed working with pottery, furniture making and creating beautiful stained glass and etched glass artwork. He loved all sports, especially baseball and tennis, a sport that he took up at the age 68. Phil was well known among the Gainesville tennis circles for his love of the game and his volunteerism. He played matches, officiated tennis matches and junior tournaments and was a member of the tennis boosters backing the University of Florida
tennis program. Always eager to share his passions, in 1988 he started collecting used tennis balls, racquets and nets donated by the Uof F tennis program and distributing them to the county schools. Over a 12 year period, Phil delivered over 84,000 balls in his iconic purple truck labeled "The Ball Haul". Phil was an inspiration to many.
In 1999 he lost his beloved wife Deb, and in 1993, his beloved son-in-law, William Joseph Weber, Ph.D. He is survived by his daughter Judith Weber (Taylor), grandchildren Susan Weber Hartnett (Michael Hartnett), Philip Joseph Weber, Denise Lynn Weber and great granddaughters, Taylor Simpson, Katie Simpson and Nadine Hartnett.
There will be a private family memorial at a later date in Door County Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605 or online at lls.org/#/waystohelp/donate