Joseph Taylor, 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 16. Joe was born on August 3, 1929 in Syracuse and was a life resident of the area. Joe loved his time playing sports at Christian Brothers Academy(CBA- from 1944-1948) and LeMoyne College (1948-1952). In 1952 Joe married the love of his life, Anne Welch of Syracuse. Joe was a great booster and fan of many "family" sports' teams- especially those of his children and grandchildren: Jamesville- Dewitt, Cornell University, University of North Carolina, and Syracuse University, and watching his daughter-in- law and grandchildren coach/ play sports at Fayetteville- Manlius High School. "Grandpa Joe" and his wife, Anne, made many trips to Connecticut to watch their grandchildren take part in all activities from sports to dance recitals. "Grandpa Joe" made it a priority to visit all the grandchildren in their new environments as they moved around the country from college to new jobs.
Joe was a member of the Bellevue Country Club where he loved his golf games and Friday night dinners with friends. Even after Joe stopped playing golf, he enjoyed having lunch in the Grill at the mens' roundtable where he and his buddies would "solve the problems of the world." Joe and Anne loved their time with friends and family in Florida, Saturdays spent with "The Tail Gate Group" watching Syracuse football, and Sunday brunches at the Linklean House.
Joe was a true member of the Syracuse community. He was a member of The Immaculate Conception Church of Fayetteville, chaired the Annual Bud Cooligan Classic Golf Tournament, and was a board member of the Syracuse Chapter of the American Cancer Society- Coaches for Cancer.
In 2005 Joe retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Business Forms Specialists (BFS), which he founded. He had a wonderful work ethic and felt fortunate to truly love his job.
Joe's family will greatly miss his kindness, generosity, and most of all, his wonderful sense of humor.
He is predeceased by Anne, his beloved wife of 57 years and his granddaughter Sarah Taylor Coit. He is survived by his two children , Anne Taylor Coit (Lynde) and Joseph J. Taylor Jr. (Kathy); and his five grandchildren Kelly Taylor Tormey(Andy), Kristin and Matt Taylor; Steve and Will Coit; and his great grandchild, Jack Tormey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Wednesday, April 20, at Immaculate Conception Church of Fayetteville, 400 Salt Springs St. Fayetteville. A calling hour will be held from 10 – 11 am at the church. Immediately following the mass the Taylor family invites friends to join them for lunch in Joe's honor at the Wellington House, 7262 E Genesee St, Fayetteville, NY 13066.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Harlem Lacrosse, P.O. Box 708, New York, New York 10030. To leave a message of condolence to the family please visit www.burnsgarfield.com