A Mass of Resurrection for Michael Taylor will be offered at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. with Bishop Terry R. LaValley officiating. Burial with military honors will take place in the Taylor family plot of St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling Hours will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013, from 3 - 6 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home. Captain Michael Francis Taylor died at his home in Ogdensburg, on Ascension, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Michael Taylor is survived by a brother, John C. Taylor of Canandaigua; a sister, Sister Mary Christine Taylor, S.S.J. of Massena; two sisters-in-law, Beverly and Theresa Taylor and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his father, Richard John Taylor (December 2, 1934); his mother, Rose Boyle Taylor (May 25, 1982); his brothers, James Martin Taylor (January 8, 2002), Richard Joseph Taylor (January 13, 1997), William Stephen Taylor (September 3, 2000) and Joseph Thomas Taylor (March 7, 2001); and his sisters, Ann Taylor LeBel (June 4, 2011) and Sister Rose Ann Taylor, G.N.S.H (September 11, 2006). Born on November 3, 1922, he was the son of Richard and Rose Boyle Taylor. After graduation from St. Mary’s Academy in June 1941, Michael worked as a bookkeeper for Skelly’s Store and later for Belle-Aircraft. During World War II he served as a Sergeant First Class in the Central Europe Rhineland from 1943 to 1946 with the U.S. Forces European Theater Headquarters in Frankfort, Germany. Michael was a combat engineer who earned the American Campaign Medal and the EAME Campaign Medal.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Mike went sailing on the Great Lakes, beginning as a deckwatch on the STR. Edmund P. Smith on July 1, 1946. He was promoted to Captain of the STR Ben W. Colvin on March 17, 1970. Subsequently, he continued as Captain of various ships of the American Steamship Company, including U.S. Gypsum, Harris N. Snyder, Consumers Power, M/V/ Diamond Alkali, STR. McKee Sons, Fred A. Manske, John T. Hutchinson, M.V. Roger M. Kyes, Charles E. Wilson, M/V/ Sam Laud on June 1, 1985.
After forty-six years of sailing the Great Lakes, the Captain enjoyed keeping the Taylor homestead on Linden Street in ship-shape, as well as daily hiking, bicycling, and running errands for elderly disabled. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Cathedral, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and the Associated Maritime Officers Retiree Association.
Memorial donations in his honor may be made to St. Mary’s Cathedral Memorial Fund, Ogdensburg or to the Society of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Watertown.