Gordon Taylor, 87, co-founded Modern Printing
Published 7:59 pm, Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Gordon Taylor, 87, of Naples, Fla., and Norwalk, died July 2, 2010, at his home in Naples following health challenges the past four years. He was the widower of Mary Hanlon, whom he married in October 1942.
Mr. Taylor was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Bethel, to Arthur and Harriet (Webb) Taylor. He was the youngest of seven children.
He graduated from Bethel High School in 1939.
During World War II, he worked in the armament industry in New York. After the war, he returned to Connecticut and learned the printing trade.
In 1949, he and two colleagues founded Modern Printing and Lithography in Norwalk. The company was known for delivering a quality product with a fast turnaround time.
For many years, he worked long hours to ensure the success of the business and the security of his young family.
Modern Printing and Lithography eventually moved to Brookfield and Mr. Taylor retired to enjoy his other passions.
He began to travel extensively to many continents and recorded his adventures through photography.
In 1986, he began to spend part of each year in Naples, where he pursued golf, friends and other hobbies, including woodworking.
Mr. Taylor made a grandfather clock for every member of his family and personally delivered the clocks all over the country.
Today, the clocks chime in the homes of all of his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Taylor loved taking family and friends to dinner, sharing laughs and creating memories.
Mr. Taylor is survived by four children, Patricia Taylor, of Erie, Colo., Thomas Taylor, and his wife Alice, of New Milford, David Taylor, and his wife Jeanne, of North Canaan, and John Taylor, and his wife Lynn, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, Katherine DiBattisto, Dena Araujo, Lisa Froschheuser, Jay Gervasoni, Karen Gervasoni, Thomas Taylor, Christopher Taylor, Greg Taylor, Chandra Ring, Hannah Taylor, Nathan Taylor, Dylan Taylor and Sean Moreland; 22 great-grandchildren, Katie Hartwig, Amanda Hartwig, Tyler Araujo, Zachary Araujo, Dylan Araujo, Natalie Araujo, Joren Froschheuser, Ava Gervasoni, Dakota Reyes, Jaden Reyes, Thomas Taylor, Patrick Taylor, Kelly Taylor, Eli Taylor, Kimi Taylor, Scott Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Natasha Ring, James Ring, Lauren Ring and Juliette Ring; a sister, Sue Jennings, of Brookfield; a brother, Walker Taylor, of Newtown; and his partner of the last 33 years, Grace Mulqueen. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Louise Taylor and Mae Fesh, and two brothers, Arthur Taylor and Charles Taylor.
The Green Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements.