Obituary: Gilbert Eugene Taylor –

Gilbert Eugene Taylor

NORRIDGEWOCK – It was in deep sadness that the family members of Gilbert Eugene Taylor, 90, from Norridgewock said goodbye to their beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who passed away peacefully on December 3, 2021. Gilbert, known as “Gil”, “Sonny” and “Pa” was born on September 11, 1931 in Oakland to Clifford and Mary (Whitman) Taylor. He trained in Oakland and Strong, and graduated from Strong High School in 1950. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Gilbert served in the Marines for three years. His basic training took place in October 1950 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He participated in the landing exercises of the Atlantic Fleet in Puerto Rico as a corporal specializing in high-speed radio operations. On June 15, 1952, Gil married at Strong Mary Chandler, his high school mistress. Gil worked for Mohawk Airlines in New York in 1955. He was trained in precision machine tools with the Pratt & Whitney Company. He and Mary moved to Maine in 1956. At Foster Manufacturing, he started out as a machinist and then became the preventive maintenance manager for all of their Maine plants. Gil’s other ventures include being one of the founders of CA&T. Lumber Co. in Strong in the early 1970s. In 1979, he and Mary bought Strong Market, which served customers for 5 years. Gil founded Mastercraft Machine Co. in the mid-1970s. He was a master machine operator and worked in his workshop until his death. Gilbert was active in the communities he lived in, serving as a scout leader in Strong and a member of the SAD 58 school board. He was a member of the American Legion Post 78 in Strong for 66 years. After moving to Norridgewock, he continued to play taps for the Strong Legion on Memorial Day. He was a lifelong member of the Fraternal Masonic Order. In 1980 Gil obtained his private pilot’s license and was then a member of the Sandy River Flying Club in Phillips. He later joined the Central Maine Regional Flying Club of Norridgewock and served on the city’s airport advisory board. Camping and traveling were something Gil enjoyed with his family. In the 1960s he was the pit crew for the Checkerboard Special racing car team at Oxford Plains Speedway. The family was his most precious possession. He enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren take part in school activities, sports, and community events. He and Mary moved to Norridgewock to be close to the family and to see their grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. Family filled their glassed-in porch during the holiday celebrations. Gilbert leaves behind his 69-year-old wife, Mary (Chandler) Taylor of Norridgewock; and daughters, Patricia and husband Michael Morrell from Bow, NH, Brenda and husband Kenneth Morgan, Susan and husband Scott Campbell, and son James and wife Carol (LeMont) Taylor all from Norridgewock. His grandchildren include Christopher and Adrienne Morgan from West Grove, Pennsylvania, Amy (Lambert) and husband Tobey Gagnon from Clinton, Joshua and Kaitey Morgan from Amherst, NH, Justin Taylor and his fiancée Stavroula Menoudarakos from North New Portland, Sarah Lambert from Norridgewock , Jordan Taylor and his companion Lilli Taylor from Cornville, Connor Morrell from Bow, NH, and Spencer Morrell and his companion Hannah Kearns from Quincy, Massachusetts. Gilbert had eight great-grandchildren, Layla, Cody, Casey, and Dylan Gagnon; Brayden and Logan Morgan; and Parker and Molly Morgan. He is also survived by his sister Leatrice and her husband Louis Collar of Connecticut, sister Barbara Watts of Georgia, half-siblings Jane Lane of Kingfield and Edward Taylor of Strong; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to thank Lynn Cote, FNP, and the medical staff at Redington Fairview General Hospital for the care and comfort of their loved one. A funeral service will be announced and held at Strong Cemetery this spring.Arrangements under the direction and supervision of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976Please donate to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers to remember them

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