William A. Taylor

September 29, 1942 ‒ October 05, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: William A. Taylor (79) son of Robert and Emily Taylor of Mansfield lost his hard-fought battle with Dementia on October 5, 2021.

He was born September 29, 1942 in Mansfield to parents Robert & Emily Taylor. Bill graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1960 where he was a part of the swimming, wrestling and football teams. He went on to Bowling Green University and even played football there before attending Cleveland State University where he earned his master’s in mathematics. Bill had a love for football! He played semi-pro football with the Columbus Bucks and his love of football lasted way beyond his personal playing days.

He worked for over 25 year at Ohio Bell, turned AT&T, until he retired in 1998.  Bill even refereed high school football games for over 15 years.

One of his greatest passions was Ohio State football. He passed this on to his children, Go Buckeyes!  Bill was a member at Crossroads Church and a special memory to both himself and his son was when his son baptized him on December 15, 2013.

He is survived by his sister Betty Foster (of Washington), his son, Doug (Kelly) Taylor (of Mansfield), his daughter Dawne Taylor (of Charleston, SC) and grandchildren Mya (Austin) Ragan (of Cedarville, OH) and Derric Taylor. Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

His family will receive friends 9-10 am Thursday, October 14, 2021 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park at 10:30 am. Pastor Dave Vance will officiate.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bill’s family and encourage you to share a memory and watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • My heart breaks for what the world lost. Bill had a smile the could light up a room. The years i spent serving him meals i will cherish. He was a beacon of love. I will miss him dearly and will hild on to the memories i have of his smile everyday. My condolences to his family. He was loved and will be missed. Thank you to his family for allowing me to have these memories if taking care of him i will cherish them forever.

  • Thanks for the memories through the years growing up. He had such a great quick sense of humor. He could have the whole room laughing. He was a very intelligent man and impossible to beat at a board game or cards. He could work a crossword puzzle in 5 minutes or less. Very strong willed and loyal to his friends and family. He loved to have friends and family around him. I’m sure he is in Heaven watching some sports game. I’ve always been proud to be your sister.
    May you Rest in Peace.
    Betty Taylor Foster

  • Doug and Dawne, Your dad’s love, his smile, his laugh, the life lessons…all memories for you to cherish. I’m sure that anyone who knew “Beel” has a story or two. He was a great friend, my Broadway show buddy, funny and stubborn! Fly high big guy ❤️ Vickie and Mel Kiser

  • I have fond memories of Bill from his time in Charleston visiting Dawne. He had a quick wit, a great sense of humor, and a natural ability to get everyone laughing. I didn’t know him well, but greatly enjoyed the time I spent with him and his daughter. I understand he lived a full life and brought joy to all those he encountered. My condolences to Dawne, Doug, and his family.

  • I will forever have fond memories of Bill. I spent many good years with him. Thanks for never saying no to all the animals I brought into our lives. Thanks for letting me be a part of Doug and Dawne’s life. We all had a blast. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES. I know you are having a cigar and martini with all your good friends who have gone before you. I KNOW THEY MET YOU AT HEAVENS GATE. Love to your family.

  • My name is Debbie Toth and my parents (Ed & Elaine Frankowski) were lifelong friends of Bill’s. Bill was so special to all of us – from our teenage years into our adult life. From birthday celebrations, weddings, baptisms, restaurant dinners and numerous other celebrations – we were always so happy when Bill was able to come. In fact, some of the pictures you posted in your beautiful memorial slide show were actually from our home. Unfortunately, the last time we saw Bill was at our dad’s funeral, almost ten years ago but we’re so glad our mom was able to visit him with Gail several years before she passed. In stealing Gail’s words, “our parents definitely met Bill at the heavenly gates with a martini and cigar!”
    From the entire Frankowski and Toth families, may you continue to hold fond, loving memories of your dad. I know we will.

    Thoughts and prayers to everyone!

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