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William J. TAYLOR Bill quietly passed on the morning of November 11th at the age of 66. Bill battled cancer the way he lived: with courage and determination. At times that most people would be confined to bed Bill lived. He enjoyed lunches and dinners with his friends, time at his shop working on his classic cars and visits with his family. The calls, visits and out ings he had were wonderful gifts. Bill was born in Seattle on December 15th, 1940 to proud parents, Herb and Verna Taylor. Bill attended Hazel Valley Elementary School and graduat ed from Highline High School in 1959 where he met his future wife, Jackie Sutherland. They were married in 1964 and had two children. Bill was a proud graduate of Seattle University and wore his class ring throughout his life. He graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Commercial Science. Bill's passion for cars and collecting be gan early and he was a fixture at the Midway Swap Meet. He was an expert on many things, one of which was 1934 Fords. Bill was the 1934 advisor for the V8 Times magazine. He was often a judge at Ford V8 meets and had many friends in the V8 club. Bill's career in sales was productive and rewarding in many ways. He was very knowledgeable in his field of mate rial handling, and served as president of a leading racking organization. After working as President of Northern Steel for many years, building it from 2 man operation to a business with 200 employ ees, Bill started his own company Taylor Equipment in 1986 and won many top distributor awards. He was proud of his relationship with his customers, many of whom he worked with for over 30 years. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jackie and several dear friends. He is survived by his son, Jeff Taylor, his daughter, Kim Ahlf, her husband, Troy, and his beloved grand children, Kelsey and Matthew. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Harring ton and her husband, Mike and their three girls, Corey Lovering, Darcy John son, Jamie Hanna and their families. Bill's family and friends were of utmost importance to him. He will be missed. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 19, 2007 at Bonney-Watson Parker Chapel, 900 SW 146th Street, Burien, WA.
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 13 to Nov. 18, 2007
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