OLD TOWN – Norman J. Taylor, affectionately known to all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Pa,” passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones Oct. 9, 2012. He was born July 6, 1917, the son of Charles and Rose (Cyr) Taylor.
Norman graduated from Old Town High School, class of 1937, before going to work for his brother at Taylor Trucking for several years. Then, Norman served our country during World War II in the U.S. Army, where he served in Okinawa. After his discharge from the Army in 1946, Norman worked as a meat cutter for A&P for 32 years. He also drove bus part time and then during his retirement he drove motor coach for 21 years for Cyr Bus Line, his grandfather’s business. Norman was proud to fully retire at the age of 81. Through the years Norman and his beloved wife, Olive, spent many summers at the camp he built on Beech Hill Pond. They were known by their little yellow boat and all the togue they caught. They were happiest when they were at camp. Norman was a communicant at Holy Family Parish, Old Town, where he was also a member of Knights of Columbus, past grand knight and the faithful navigator of the fourth degree assembly. Norman was a member of Old Town City Council for 12 years, Old Town Housing Authority for 10 years and Old Town-Orono Rotary Club.
Norman is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Olive (Thompson) Taylor; children, Eileen St. Louis of Old Town, Shirley Austin and husband, Ron, of Old Town, Carol Cronkite and husband, Sam, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Charles Taylor and wife, Kathy, of West Mansfield, Ohio; grandchildren, Kathy Rivers and husband, Archie, Anne Mosher and husband, Dave, Ronald Austin and wife, Susan, John Austin, Alan Austin, Joanna Houde and husband, Randy, Sam Cronkite and wife, Megan, Susan Cronkite, Jeanne Gissel and husband, Brett, Matthew Taylor and wife, Abby, and Patricia Barnes and husband, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Laura, Thomas, Andrew, Jack, Isaac, Emily, Jacob, Benjamin, Nathan, Nicholas, Zack and Grayson; sister, Virginia Taylor of Old Town; special cousin, Joseph Cyr and wife, Sue; many nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was predeceased by his parents; son-in-law, Tom St. Louis; two brothers and two sisters.
Family and friends are invited to visit 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town, where members of the Knights of Columbus will recite prayers at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Holy Family Church, Old Town. Refreshments and continued fellowship afterward at Holy Family Parish Center. Interment will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town. Those considering an expression of sympathy are asked to make memorial donations to Crossroads Ministries, General Food Fund, P.O. Box 408, Old Town, ME 04468. Notes of condolence and remembrance may be left for the family at www.birminghamfuneralhome.com.