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Bill Taylor NEWPORT & BANGOR – William C. “Bill” Taylor, 93, died December 2, 2010 at a Bangor hospital after a period of failing health. Born October 25, 1917 at Berlin, New Hampshire, he was the youngest son of Mark H. and Iva (Ordway) Taylor. He graduated from Berlin High School, Class of 1935, and re-located with the family to Newport that summer. A veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, Bill served as Supply Sergeant with Battery B of the 574th AAA Artillery in the American, Rhineland, and Central Europe Campaigns. Bill was Past master of Meridian Splendor Lodge A.F.& A.M., of Newport, and active in Anah and Tri-County Shrines. He was also active with Troop 63, Boy Scouts of America while his sons were active scouts, both achieving rank of Eagle under his guidance. He was also an active member of the High Street Congregational Church for many years.

Owner and operater of the Guilford Variety Store in Guilford during the early 1950's, he was then employed for many years at First National Bank of Pittsfield, later Maine National Bank, as assistant cashier and loan officer. Always needing to be active - following his retirement from the bank he worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration, served as sexton of the Riverside Cemetery in Newport and as a cashier at the state liquor store in Newport.

Growing up in the mountainous country around Berlin, he spent a lot of time outdoors and became proficient with both fly-rod and shotgun and had been known to bring home a mess of brook trout or partridge and, from time to time, a few deer. He was known to brave the ski jump in Berlin and Tuckerman's Ravine on Mt Washington, having already survived being the youngest of six rambunctious boys.

Bill loved family get-togethers with ample good food and lots of kids running around. He also enjoyed traveling to many different parts of the country, getting together with his buddies from the 574th, and took several cruises with his wife Lorna to the Caribbean, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest.

He is survived by his wife Lorna, of Bangor; sons Brian and his wife Deborah of Newport, and Bill Jr. and his wife Daria of Everett, WA; stepsons Ralph (Bud) Ingraham and his wife Tammy of Pittsfield, and Richard Ingraham and wife Denise of Parkman. He was affectionately called “Daddy Bill” by his granddaughters and their husbands, Michele and Michael Calhoun of Loganville, GA and Sarah and Richard LeBlanc of Attleboro, MA; and by great-grandaughters Meredith and Morgan Calhoun. He is also survived by step-grandaughters Heather, and her husband Shawn Quimby of Anson; Haley and Korin Ingraham; several generations of nieces and nephews, and his special caregiver, Sally Eastman.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Marion (Barbour) Taylor and his five brothers, H. Lewis Taylor, MD of Dexter, Wesley O. of Augusta, Donald of Augusta, Arthur of Nashua, NH, and Mark T. of Somersworth, NH, and his "Everyday Angel", Joyce McDonald.

Visitation will be held from 6- 8 PM Monday, December 27th at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where services will be held 1 PM Tuesday, December 28th, with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Spring burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Newport.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Newport Cultural Center, 23 Water Street, Newport, ME 04953. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

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