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John Edward Taylor

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TAYLOR John Edward Taylor, age 86, of Simi Valley, CA, former long time Orange Park resident, passed away November 16, 2009. He was born May 23, 1923 in Cohose, NY, the son of John Taylor and Mary Adriance Taylor. Mr. Taylor served his country in the U.S. Navy for 39 years, first as an enlisted man and working his way up to the rank of Captain, and having flown in 49 different aircraft at last count. He served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam and many other missions. His memberships include the Toastmasters, the Association of Old Crows, and the Sit Lux et Fuit Lodge #75 F.&A.M. of Cohose, NY. He was also the long time Chairman of the Housing Finance Authority of Orange Park for 18 years. In addition to his brilliant career, Mr. Taylor also was an affectionate and loving husband and father, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth D. Taylor in 2006 and his daughter Nancy Lee Lawson in 2002. Survivors include his daughter Jan Walker and her husband Stanley of Simi Valley, CA; his sister Betty Crabel; and many other loving family members and friends. Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday December 4, 2009 in the chapel of Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park with Dr. Bob Bole officiating. Mr. Taylor will be laid to rest with his wife in the Garden of the Masonic at Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Full military honors will be conferred. Family members will greet friends from 1:30 PM until the hour of service at the funeral home. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 3, 2009
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