Michael D. Taylor
August 02, 1945 ‒ January 30, 2012
MANSFIELD: Mike Taylor loved his family. Described as committed and non-judgmental he looked for the best in everyone and every situation. Family focused, the jewels of his life were his wife, daughters, and grandchildren. On Monday evening, January 30, 2012, a beloved husband, father and grandpa, Michael D. Taylor of Mansfield passed away unexpectedly in St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. He was 66.
Mike was born August 2, 1945 in Bucyrus the son of Charles and Alice (Scott) Taylor and was graduated from Shelby High School in 1964. On September 8, 1973 he married Cathy Henighan.
Mike worked for Schwans in their sales department, but had been retired for the past three years.
Fun to be around, he enjoyed the outdoors especially boating and fishing at Lake Erie with his family. Mike’s favorite television sitcom was without question, Frasier. Even to the point of scheduling his day around the ever important weekly series. Mike also loved reading and learning about history.
He enjoyed golfing and mushroom hunting, both activities requiring a calm disposition and patience. Mike was blessed with both. He was also quite the sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching baseball, basketball and football.
Mike was a member of Resurrection Parish.
Next to his family and friends, Mike loved his beloved K-9 friends Libby and Rudy. Fun to be around, Mike had a one of a kind smile and was also the Taylor family “grill master”. Every Sunday family and friends would gather at the Taylor’s for food and fellowship. Mike just enjoyed preparing food and serving his family.
He genuinely liked to help others. Recently he volunteered at Hospice of North Central Ohio visiting patients. Through a listening ear or helping hand Mike offered his undivided attention.
Known affectionately as “Da” to his grandkids and friends, Mike was a wonderful grandpa, and considered himself blessed beyond measure.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Cathy (Henighan) Taylor of Mansfield; daughters Kristin (Joe) Swartzmiller, Amy Taylor, and Kelley (Kevin) Arnold all of Lexington; grandchildren Kaitlyn, Cory, Sofie, Joey, Jonathan, and Gavin; sister Joanne Mathews of Mansfield; sister-in-law Sue Taylor of Norwalk; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his granddaughter Kelley Elizabeth Carns; brother Charles Taylor; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jim and Hazel Henighan.
The Taylor family will receive friends Friday, February 3, 2012 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 am in the funeral home where the family will receive friends the hour prior from 10-11am. Father John Jorden will officiate and burial follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Upon Mike’s wishes, the family prefer memorial contributions be made to the Mike Taylor Memorial Fund (to benefit his grandchildren’s education) and may be made at the funeral home.
Private online condolence to the family are encouraged by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com