Robert A. "Bob" Taylor

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Robert Albert "Bob" Taylor, 82, of Springfield, Va., formerly of Westminster, and Arlington, Va., died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at home.

Born Nov. 16, 1929, in Painesville, Ohio, and raised in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Thomas and Alma LaHaise Taylor. He was the husband of Joan Fahy Taylor, his wife of 56 years.

He was a land surveyor for the Arlington County, Va., government for 35 years, after serving four years in the Navy in the Mediterranean, stationed out of Charleston, S.C.

He was a recent member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taneytown. He was a volunteer with Hospice of Carroll County for almost 10 years, the Interfaith Housing Alliance in Carroll County and Resurrection Farm Shelter for the Homeless for years.

He enjoyed music, dancing and "singing," enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica, volleyball and pickleball, camping, boating, gardening, cooking, animals, nature, swimming, his many pets and especially his grandchildren. He liked carpentry and could fix nearly anything, and would help anyone in need. He practiced tai chi and karate. He also enjoyed spending time with people, especially family and friends.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters Cecilia Todd and husband James, of Annandale, Va., Marie Taylor, of Mount Vernon, Va., and Laura Blanchard and husband Michael, of Frederick; sons Thomas Taylor and wife Colleen, of Holly Springs, N.C., David Taylor and wife Minet, of Woodbridge, Va., and Robert S. Taylor, of Springfield; brother Richard Taylor and wife Maureen, of Titusville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 44 Frederick St., Taneytown, with Monsignor Martin E. Feild as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Greenspring Hospice, 7414 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA 22150.

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Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home - Taneytown
136 E Baltimore Street
Taneytown, MD 21787
Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 8, 2012
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