Roger S. Tay­lor Jr. of West Ch­ester

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Roger Schofield Tay­lor, Jr., 83, died Novem­ber 10, 2016 at Belling­ham Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity after a coura­geous bat­tle with brain can­cer.

He was the hus­band of Miriam (Mim) Ra­hauser Tay­lor, with whom he shared over 60 years of mar­riage.

Born in Delaware County, PA, he was the son of the late Roger S. and Vi­o­let G. Tay­lor.

He was a 1951 grad­u­ate of Haver­ford High School and a 1955 grad­u­ate of Le­high Univer­sity.

At Haver­ford, he was class Pres­i­dent and cap­tain of the foot­ball and wrestling teams. At Le­high, he was a mem­ber of the var­sity wrestling team and the Theta Delta Chi fra­ter­nity.

He re­ceived a BS in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Fol­low­ing col­lege, he served in the U.S. Ma­rine Corps as a 1st Lt. in the 2nd Ma­rine Di­vi­sion, based at Camp Le­june, NC. He was also a “Ranger.”

After his tour with the Ma­rine Corps, he joined AL­COA (Alu­minum Com­pany of Amer­ica). Over a 36 year ca­reer, he held a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions in the Sales Depart­ment and Chem­i­cal Di­vi­sion.

He was Com­mer­cial Man­ager – Chem­i­cals when he re­tired from AL­COA in 1994.

As Roger and Mim raised their four sons over the years, they were very in­volved in their son’s ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially wrestling. They both helped to form a sports booster club at Bel Air, MD High School, and Roger helped to start and coach the Bel Air Recre­ational wrestling pro­gram for pre-high school boys. Both or­ga­ni­za­tions are still ac­tive to­day. Roger’s sons have all ex­pressed there are just not enough words to de­scribe what a won­der­ful lov­ing sup­port­ive fa­ther Dad was to ALL his fam­ily. The fam­ily was AL­WAYS first pri­or­ity for Dad.

Roger had a pas­sion for sail­boats since he was a child. He and his fam­ily had many ad­ven­tures sail­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay for over 50 years in their three sail­boats.

Dur­ing re­tire­ment, he was a vol­un­teer in a num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions. He was an ac­tive mem­ber

of the Greater West Ch­ester Sun­rise Ro­tary Club, the Ch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, and a trus­tee and el­der of the West­min­ster Pres­by­te­rian Church. He and Mim en­joyed ex­ten­sive trav­el­ing, es­pe­cially ship cruises. Fam­ily gath­er­ings were al­ways a high pri­or­ity. A spe­cial time was the an­nual sum­mer va­ca­tion at the Outer Banks of NC with fam­ily mem­bers. Roger also loved his veg­etable gar­dens, es­pe­cially his prized Brandy­wine toma­toes which he and Mim en­joyed ev­ery sea­son.

In ad­di­tion to Mim, he is sur­vived by brother, Don­ald B. Tay­lor, Pen­sacola, FL; and four sons, Roger S. Tay­lor III and wife, Diane, Le­vit­town, PA; Ge­orge W. Tay­lor and wife, Laura, Oak­ton, VA; David G. Tay­lor Bel Air, MD, and fi­ancée, Lisa; Gor­don M. Tay­lor and wife, Maria, Ash­burn, VA; nine grand­chil­dren and one great grandchild.

Roger was and will al­ways be loved by his fam­ily and friends and greatly ad­mired for his strong un­wa­ver­ing char­ac­ter of good­ness, friend­ship, and es­pe­cially his love and com­mit­ment for his fam­ily. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him… “Dad may you rest in peace and in our hearts al­ways.”

Me­mo­rial ser­vices will be held on Fri­day, Novem­ber 18th at the West­min­ster Pres­by­te­rian Church in West Ch­ester. Vis­i­ta­tion will be from 10:00 -11:00 a.m., Me­mo­rial ser­vice will be 11:00 -12:00 a.m. fol­lowed by a light lunch. Roger re­quested be­fore his death… this not be a sad oc­ca­sion but a “Cel­e­bra­tion of Life Well Lived.” In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the West­min­ster Pres­by­te­rian Church Me­mo­rial Fund, 10 W. Pleas­ant Grove Road, West Ch­ester, PA 19380.

Ar­range­ments are be­ing han­dled by the Del­laVec­chia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home of West Ch­ester, PA 610.696.1181 www.Del­laFH.com

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