In Loving Memory of Robert T. Taylor
Robert T. TaylorDunmore, PA September 18, 1922 ~ March 11, 2015 Date of Service: March 16, 2015
Robert Thomas Taylor,92, died peacefully on Tuesday, after a long life and a brief illness. His wife, the former Marjorie McAndrew died October 12, 2009. The couple had been married for 59 years.
Born in Carbondale, son of the late William Taylor and Evelyn Banks Taylor, he was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Dunmore.
One of the “greats” in the group of men and women that Tom Brokaw named the “Greatest Generation,” he returned from his WWII Navy service to marry the love of his life, Marjorie. He was immensely proud of his four children, William Taylor and wife Lyn Boocock of Bryn Mawr, PA, Marianne Taylor and husband, Robert Hancock of Raynham, MA , Joseph Taylor of Factoryville and his youngest daughter, Patrice Taylor, who died when she was six. He also took great joy in his grandchildren, Andrew Taylor, John Hancock and Gracie Taylor, and was very close to his many beloved nieces and nephews, the children of his late sister, Nancy Hicks, his sister, Marie Burke, of Elmhurst, PA and his late wife’s sister, Kathryn Manger of Elmhurst.
Part of his “greatness” was seen in his attentive care of his Aunt Anna and his Aunt Angie in their senior years when he helped them with every day tasks like grocery shopping and transportation. This generous spirit also touched seniors living in the Holy Family Residence in Scranton who he would drive to the grocery store every Tuesday afternoon. He loved cars and driving and was a good mechanic – a skill that his sons learned from him while Marianne was busy shopping with her mother. Although Marianne did not learn how to fix cars from her Dad, he did expertly negotiate insurance settlements for her after accidents. As a great man, he helped his children in a million different ways.
Robert completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Scranton and a master’s at Temple University. With a passion for the past, particularly antique cars and the civil war, Robert, taught history and social studies to many generations of students at Dunmore High School until his retirement. He enjoyed hob-knobbing at monthly breakfasts with other retired teachers and we hope they will raise a cup of coffee in his memory. With abundant white hair and distinctive blue eyes, he was easily recognized and was frequently greeted throughout the Dunmore community with a cheerful, “Hello Mr. Taylor” from many former students. The family is very grateful for the support provided by his wonderful neighbors on North Webster Ave. in Dunmore as he grew older in the home that his parents built.
The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore with Mass at 9:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore.
Interment, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Dunmore
Friends may call on Sunday from 2 PM- 5 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.