Robert A. “Rat” Taylor, 88, died July 16, 2019, in Bar Harbor. He was born Sept. 30, 1930, in Ellsworth, the son of Kenneth and Mildred J. (Wood) Taylor.
Robert graduated from Gilmore High School, Northeast Harbor, in 1949. He married Marjorie Gilley in 1952. Robert served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955, serving on a tanker for 45 months in the Mediterranean. After leaving the service, Robert worked as a caretaker for D.L. Hopkins and Charles Dickey for 38 years. He was a member of the Lurvey Wright Post No. 103, Northeast Harbor. He was a past member of the Union Church, Northeast Harbor, and was instrumental in starting the first Little League Baseball Division in Northeast Harbor and the Acadian Legion Baseball Team. Robert was also an active Scoutmaster. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and caught the oldest fish registered at Moosehead Lake.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Marjorie I. (Gilley); four sons, Richard Taylor of Bar Harbor, Martin Taylor and wife, Maggie, of Trenton, John Taylor and wife, Dawn, of Florida and Lawrence “Larry” Taylor and wife, Lisa, of Trenton; six grandchildren; Jessica, Amanda, Rusty and Robyn Taylor and Emily and Megan Murphy; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, a brother, Timothy Taylor, and wife, Jeannie, of Northeast Harbor; two half-sisters, Sue Barnes of Texas and Kristy Cousins of Lamoine. He was predeceased by his half-brother, Kenneth M. Taylor.
Friends are invited to call 4-6 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2019, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the Union Church, Northeast Harbor. Private interment will be at Seal Harbor Cemetery.
Those who desire may make contributions in Robert’s memory to American Legion Post No. 103, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 or to Birch Bay, Safe Harbor Dementia Ward, 25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.