William S. Taylor, Sun circulation manager, dies

Veteran had served in Navy during World War II

  • William S. Taylor
William S. Taylor
May 27, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

William S. Taylor, a retired Baltimore Sun district circulation manager, died May 15 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 86.

Mr. Taylor was born and raised in Baltimore and was a graduate of St. Martin's parochial school.

He was working for the Corkran Hill Meat Packing Co. at the time of his enlistment in the Navy in 1943 during World War II. A baker, he served with Helicopter Squadron Fleet Air Wings 9 and 11, and later saw sea duty aboard the light cruiser USS Savannah in the European Theater.

Discharged with the rank of seaman first class at war's end, Mr. Taylor returned to Baltimore, where he worked for several companies before joining The Baltimore Sun's circulation department in 1963.

Before being promoted to district circulation manager, Mr. Taylor had delivered the newspaper's bulldog, or first edition, and "made many friends along his route," said a daughter, Nancy Azzole of New Bern, N.C.

He retired in 1987.

A longtime resident of the Wilhelm Park neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore, Mr. Taylor was known for his willingness to mow a neighbor's lawn, fix a flat tire or carry out trash, Ms. Azzole said.

"During his daily walks, he kept a pocketful of treats for all the dogs he met along the way," she said. "Everyone who knew him will remember his Irish wit, his interesting philosophical view of the world and sparkle in his blue eyes."

Services were held May 19.

Also surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Evelyn Meyers; two other daughters, Joanne Ryan of Edgewood and Kathleen Acton of Key Largo, Fla.; seven granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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