Maynard Taylor
1940 - 2020
Oxley-Heard Funeral Home
1305 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL
Maynard A. Taylor
On the afternoon of September 15, 2020, Maynard A. Taylor, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, passed away from Covid-related complications. Maynard was born in New York City on March 2, 1940, he grew up in White Plains, NY and raised his family in Shelton, CT. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from Iona College, and earned a Master's degree in Philosophy from Fordham University. He taught English at Fairfield High School, in Fairfield, CT and retired in 1998.
Known affectionately as "Poppy" he was a lively spirit who loved spending time with his family. He spent years as a volunteer, coaching youth basketball, baseball, and soccer for his children's teams, mentoring children in Head Start, and advocating for social justice. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn Taylor, whom he has loved since the day they met. He will be fondly remembered by his children, Jacqueline Gattoni, Donna Gregorio, Kim Taylor, Marc, and Neil; his son- and daughters-in-law, and his 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Lisa.
A celebration of life will be planned once COVID restrictions are lifted. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michaels' Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
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Published by Connecticut Post on Sep. 18, 2020.
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Paula Sweeley
September 12, 2021
Sincere condolences from a former student at St. Mary’s High
School, Greenwich, CT.
Jack T. Scully
October 6, 2020
Donna, we are so sorry. Both Sandy and I send prayers of love and compassion to you and your Dad's entire family to help in this time of pain. May our Lord embrace you and yor family with Holy Comfort...
Adam LaSalle
September 25, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I am praying for God’s peace to ease your pain and his love to embrace you during this difficult time.

Sarah Arnder
Sarah Arnder
September 24, 2020
Had Mr. Taylor for English at Fairfield High School in 1993. He loved telling us the story of Moby Dick. He had such a vivid mind and taught with such enthusiasm. So sorry COVID cut his life short. You’ll be remembered always MR T. Godspeed sir.
Gary Buzel
September 23, 2020
My condolences to the Taylor family and friends. He was a wonderful teacher - RIP Mr Taylor
Pamela Hill
September 22, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Maynard very fondly.
John Dodig
September 21, 2020
I taught high school special education at FHS. Maynard was always great with these students, understanding their needs and showing them they can succeed. He was always compassionate and loving which is so important for all students and the teachers. Maynard always brought a smile to your face as he was happy and cheerful all the time. He was a great man and I am so sorry to hear this. Maynard's happiness wore off on those who were around him.
Laurie Lombardi
September 21, 2020
Prayers and Sympathy for you Kathy and your family-My memories of you Cheering on the sidelines as Maynard & Your son Marc with my husband Tom O’Dwyer & other runners would pass by in various Road Races. They always had such fun before during and afterwards especially if there was a free beer at the end of the race.
Your family was blessed to have such wonderful parents. RIP Maynard
Patsy O’Dwyer
September 21, 2020
Sincere condolences to Kathryn & family..... may the perpetual light shine upon Mr. Taylor.
Margo Story
September 20, 2020
Sincere condolences to Maynard's loved ones. I never met Maynard in person, but he and I were email pals for years. Maynard started emailing me through our Fairfield retired teacher organization. He had a lively interest in EVERYTHING and shared his thoughts freely and entertainingly. He spoke very warmly about his teaching years and the warm memories he had of students and co-workers. Though we never met in person, I consider his passing as my loss of a dear and loving friend. Rest in peace, Maynard. You made the world a better place, and you will be sorely missed.
Paula B Sweeley
September 20, 2020
Gabriel Sifuentes
September 19, 2020
I remember Mr. Taylor from Andrew Warde( 71-75). I didn't have him as a teacher, but he always said "hello" when I saw him in the hallways.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lisa Paul Winkel
Lisa Paul Winkel
September 19, 2020
Mr Taylor was such a pivotal influence in my life as he was for so many during our time at Andrew Warde HS 1970-74. Always with a warm smile, kind word or hearty laughter. Great teaching skills. Will never forget him. Oh, he used to get a kick from all of us visiting him as Santa Claus at the mall too. Rest in Peace Mr Taylor
Susan Pataky, SW Florida
September 19, 2020
Mr. Taylor was my English teacher at Andrew Warde. A graduate of the class 1972. It was a very important time for me because with his help and support I was able to graduate. I still remember some of our Englush literatute readings Charles Dickens, he madei it so interesting. My condolences to the Taylor family.
Lisa Bertanza
September 18, 2020
Mr. Taylor was my home room teacher at Warde from 1974 to 1978. SUCH a nice man. Condolences to his family.
Jeff Perlman, Sherman Oaks, California
September 18, 2020
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