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Roy Victor Taylor
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LaVale, MD – Roy Victor Taylor, 92, of LaVale, MD, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018, at his home. 

Born October 29, 1925, in Southport (Lancashire County), England, Mr. Taylor was the son of the late Renwick Victor Taylor and Mabel Elfrida Margarita (Pilling) Taylor. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 67 years: Devota “Beau” Taylor; his brothers: Kenneth, Richard, and Malcolm Taylor; his sister: Joan Taylor; and was the last surviving member of his immediate family. 

A graduate of Allegany High School, Class of 1943, Roy played softball and baseball under the direction of Lefty Grove and also played football for Coach Herman Ball. After the war, he was invited to try out as a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Roy was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1943-1945, where he was a flight sergeant/warrant officer.  He flew 28 bombing missions as tail gunner and was credited for shooting down a German jet, the Messerschmidt 262.  Roy received four prestigious medals from the Canadian government receiving them 67 years after his service.  In 1964, Roy proudly became a United States Citizen.  Roy’s career was in sales and was general manager of several department stores in several states, later being involved in mall management becoming certified as a Shopping Center Manager.  He attended the International Council of Shopping Center Management Programs at the University of Georgia.  Roy was lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. Throughout his life, Roy trained and mentored many young people in merchandising and shopping center management. 

Roy was a former member of the Greenville, NC Chamber of Commerce, the Asheville, NC Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile, AL Chamber of Commerce, and former President of the Rotary Club in Asheville, NC. Roy was also past President of the Asheville Merchants Association, and a member the Elks Lodge #63, Cumberland, MD, where he was Elk of the Year from 1999-2000.  In 1994, after his retirement, Roy and Devota moved back to LaVale where they were able to spend years together enjoying retirement.  Devota was the love of his life.  Roy will be greatly missed by his family. 

Pops loved animals, Jaguars, Notre Dame, desserts, being in the sun, stamps, clipping coupons and trying each week to beat the total savings from the week before at the grocery store, grocery shopping, working in the yard, roses, watching boxing and British shows, feeding the birds, talking jibberish, and hanging loueys! 

Roy is survived by his daughter: Devota Johnson and husband, Mark, Dadeville, AL: and his son: Roy V. Taylor, Jr., and wife, Lee, Raleigh, NC. He also leaves behind his grandchildren: Ashley Owen and husband, Tyler, Mechanicsville, VA; Andrea Voglesonger and husband, Cory, Roswell, GA; Wesley Taylor and fiancée, Carina Botterbusch, Waynesville, NC; Zachary Taylor and wife, Katie, Garner, NC: and Hillary Beach and husband, TJ, Clayton, NC; his great grandchildren: Nicholas and Braiden Owen; and Taylor and Reid Voglesonger: as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, MD, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Thursday, July 26, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. to Noon, with a funeral service to be conducted at Noon. 

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the WMHS Home Hospice for all the care and compassion given to Roy.


Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

26

Jul

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Adams Family Funeral Home

404 Decatur Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

Funeral Service

Thursday

26

Jul

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Adams Family Funeral Home

404 Decatur Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

Cemetery Details

Location

Sunset Memorial Park

13800 Bedford Road, NE
Cumberland, MD 21502

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