John F. Taylor III joined the Lord on 5 March, 2015 in the comfort of his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia at 66 years of age. John was born to parents John F. Taylor, Jr. and Nancy Titone in New Brunswick, NJ on 17 July, 1948.
After attending Saint Peters High School and Saint Francis College, John was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy in 1974. Following in the footsteps of his father’s duty on patrol torpedo boats during World War II, John proudly served for over 21 years as a Surface Warfare Officer before retiring as a Commander in August 1995 and passing his military legacy to his oldest son. After his naval service, John continued to support military efforts through his work in numerous weapons testing and evaluation agencies.
John’s greatest love and proudest accomplishment was his family. He is survived by the love of his life, Cheryl B Taylor, and brother Thomas Taylor. John is also survived by son John IV, his wife Tanya and grandchildren Sarah and Gabriel; son Joseph; son Anthony and grandchildren Elaina and Jax; and daughter Kristen, her husband Daniel and grandchildren Avery and Jacob. John was deeply loved by his family and will be profoundly missed.
In recent years, John became an avid gardener, and was able to devote more attention to spending time with his family, as well as his lifelong support of the New York Yankees & New York Giants. He gained an appreciation for the finer things in life, and enjoyed vacationing on cruise ships, aboard which both his son and daughter were married. John also had a fondness for his three dogs and the hundreds of Japanese Koi in his backyard pond.
The family will receive visitors on Saturday 14 March from 2-4 PM at Family Choice Funeral Home, 5401 Indian River Rd in Virginia Beach. Military Honors will be rendered by the US Navy at 3:30 PM. John’s remains will be scattered at sea by the US Navy in a formal ceremony in the near future.
A donation site has been established at http://m.gofund.me/o47q34.
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