James "Tonto" Taylor
Sutfin Funeral Chapel
273 South Main Street
Nichols, NY
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James "Tonto" Taylor, 85, of Owego passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021. Tonto, as he was affectionally known by his family and friends, was born on March 13, 1936 in Maine, N.Y. He attended Nichols Union High School and graduated from Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, Georgia, Class of 1954. Tonto retired from IBM Owego in 1987 following 31 years of service. He was chief of the Nichols Volunteer Fire Department and coached Nichols Ro-Ki youth baseball.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Ila (Lainhart) Taylor, and his granddaughter, Alexandra "Peep" Taylor. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen; children Patricia (Miguel), Timothy, Scot (Amy), Michael Taylor, and Dennis Shipman (Susan); sisters MaryAnn Wehrung (Paul) and Martha Sauerbrey (Lewis); 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren (with a fourth on the way).
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying bicycling, competitive shooting, hunting, motorcycle racing, sailing, skiing, woodworking, and was also a gunsmith.
His adventures included bicycling through Europe and Russia, sailing between New York and the Virgin Islands, racing in men's downhill skiing at Lake Placid and participating in black powder shooting competitions. For more than 30 years he was a fixture at Greek Peak, skiing with the "Rat Pack." His passion was teaching his grandchildren about gun safety and hunting.
Tonto was very proud of his grandchildren - Marta, Ana (Patrick McKenzie), Crissy Gomez-Taylor, John Gomez-Taylor, Jacqueline Medovich (Cody), Patton (Luci), Alexandra, Mitchell, Stephen, Mary, Conlan, Isabelle Taylor, Zachary Dotson (Nicole), Ryan Taylor; Grey and Logan Shipman; and his great-grandchildren - Wyatt Dotson; and Ayla and Odin Medovich.
Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Friday, November 26, 2021 from 4 to 6 pm at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday at 11 am at the funeral chapel. He will be laid to rest in the Nichols Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting his guest book at www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com
James was a life member of the Tioga County Sportsmen's Association, the National Rifle Association, and was an advocate for youth shooting sports. In lieu of flowers, in his memory, please consider a donation to TCSA in support of youth shooting sports. Donations can be made payable to TCSA. Memo: Taylor - youth. Address: TCSA, P.O. Box 598, Owego, NY 13827.
Published by Sutfin Funeral Chapel from Nov. 23, 2021 to Jan. 4, 2022.
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Sutfin Funeral Chapel
273 S. Main Street, PO
Sutfin Funeral Chapel
273 S. Main Street, PO
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Dear Kathy and family, So sorry to hear of Jim´s death. He was such a big part of my parents ski life and certainly will be missed by all! I am sure they are in heaven now watching the latest snow reports! Warmly, Debbie
Debbie Skiff Brennan
December 2, 2021
Sorry about your loss. I didn´t know your dad but wish I did. What a very fascinating man. He achieved many things in life and really enjoyed life to the fullest. I would have love to hear his stories of bicycling through Europe and Russia. It sounds like he was a very good skier to. The World needs more people like your dad. He sure did live a full life. Thanks again for sharing his story. RIP
Gary Hoch
November 23, 2021
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