Edward S. Taylor



Edward S. Taylor, of Medford, Ore., passed away on May 19, 2010, at Providence Medford Medical Center, days before his 91st birthday. Ed was born on May 30, 1919, in Fitchburg, Mass., to Edward and Helen Frier Taylor. A graduate from Northeastern University, Boston, Ed accepted a commission as ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corp, November 8, 1942, and served on the amphibious ship U.S.S. Frederick Funston during WWII. He was a proud member of the navy through January 1964, retiring with the rank of Lt. Commander. Ed's 22-year career included duty stations in Port Heuneme, Calif.; London, England; Clearfield, Utah; Albuquerque, N.M.; Tokyo, Japan; Long Beach, Calif.; and White Sands, N.M.



Ed married Anitra Ruth Lerch in Boston, Mass., February 13, 1943, and had one son (Bruce Edward Taylor), but divorced 18 years later. In March 1966, he married Miriam Cross Rowell and resided in Mission Viejo, Calif. Ed worked as an accountant in private industry, and later for the Orange County and San Bernardino County. After his civilian retirement, Ed and Miriam moved to Medford in 1986.



Ed is survived by wife, Miriam, of Medford; son, Dr. Bruce E. Taylor (Betty), of Ottawa, Canada; step-son, Allan M. Rowell (Dianne), of Medford; step-daughter, Susan E. Rowell (Curtis Haefer), of Olympia, Wash.; granddaughter, Brianna Taylor, of Ottawa, Canada; granddaughter, Katie Taylor Bleavins, of Lompoc, Calif.; grandson, Jonathan Rowell, of San Francisco, Calif.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Haefer, of Olympia, Wash.; grandson, Reid Haefer, of Bellingham, Wash. Ed's sister, Jessie Simms, nee Taylor, predeceased in 1995.



Ed will forever be remembered for his love of the navy and Scottish heritage, and his endless joy in gardening. He was a generous and devoted father, with a strong sense of duty and obligation. A Scotsman by heritage, a Yankee by birth, and an accountant by trade, Ed was well known for his ability to get more out of a penny than most!



A memorial service to celebrate Ed's life will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keeneway Drive, Medford, following a private inurnment at Eagle Point National Cemetery at 10:00 a.m.



Contributions may be made in Ed's name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 210 Park Avenue #267, Worcester, MA 01609 [www.cff.org].