Arthur R. Taylor

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Arthur R. Taylor, 78, of Acton and a Cambridge native, died Wed. June 26, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Acton. He was the beloved husband of the late June S. (Phelps) Taylor, to whom he was married for 53 years at the time of her passing this past February. Born and raised in Cambridge, he was the one of seven children of the late Arthur G. and Helen F. (Ginn) Taylor. As a youngster he learned to skate on the Charles River and enjoyed playing hockey. Mr. Taylor graduated from Cambridge Latin and served honorably in the US Air Force, stationed in North Africa during the Korean War Era. He attended Northeastern University and M.I.T., where he studied metallurgy. He met his future wife in 1958, and the couple married in 1959, settling in Acton to raise their three children. Mr. Taylor was employed in many fields throughout his career; first in pipefitting and construction, later at Middlesex Gasses and Technologies and Colt Industries. For many years he was an inventory manager then credit manager for Crucible Steel in Auburn. A longtime member of the South Acton Congregational Church, he assisted his wife, June, with many of her church activities and he especially enjoyed decorating the church for Christmas services. He was a member of the King Philip's Bowling League at the former Crowell Bowl in Stow, both in the couple's and men's leagues, and appeared on the local TV show, Candlepins for Cash. Before user friendly software was commonplace, he designed a computer program to track the statistics for the bowling league. He loved the outdoors and was a member and past president of the Acton Sportsman's Club. He was also passionate about horseshoes and golf. Mr. Taylor volunteered behind the scenes at church, for the Boy Scout Jamborees, and the Acton polls on election days. The father of the late Janice O'Neil, Mr. Taylor is survived by a daughter, Karen Hodges and her husband Michael of Wayland; a son, Douglas Taylor and his wife Tori of Acton; grandchildren Taylor and Laurel Stanton, and Zachary and Abigail Taylor; son-in-law Edward O'Neil of Randolph; sisters Lillian Vessey of Littleton and Helen Johnson of VT; a brother Norman Taylor of SC; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Marjorie Selent, Robert Taylor and Glenroy Taylor. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held later in the summer at the South Acton Congregational Church. The date and time will be announced. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton Center was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School Street, Acton, MA 01720. For updates and online condolences, please visit

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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from June 28 to July 5, 2013
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