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Robert "Lefty" C. Taylor

Saturday, June 7th, 1941 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Obituary

Robert “Lefty” Taylor was born at Bellefonte Hospital in 1941 and was married 51 years to Lynn Taylor. Bob is the son of the late William and Anna Mary Taylor. He was preceded in death by his oldest son Scott and his wife Lynn. Bob is survived by his sister Judy, son Todd (Kelly), granddaughter Grace, and his cousin Rick Koski of Leesburg, VA.

Upon completing Bellefonte High School, Bob graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Recreation. Bob was also in ROTC in college and proudly served in the Army (Airborne) at Ft. Benning, GA. Upon returning to central PA, Lefty started work at Toftrees, moved on to Addressograph-Multigraph, then spent a large part of his career as an Account Executive for Moore Business Forms. Lefty enjoyed the relationships he developed in sales and his success at Moore provided for wonderful trips, travels and opportunities for himself and his family.

Early in his career, Lefty was very active in the community – serving as a Little League coach, on the Y Board, as Chair of the Blood Drive, and various other local volunteer positions. Lefty belonged to the Bellefonte Legion and Elks, and he also proudly served for 12 years on Bellefonte Borough Council. He finished his working career as an owner of a Safeguard Business Systems Distributorship and co-owner of Quality Pet Foods with his wife Lynn.

As a young person, Lefty loved sports of all kinds and was particularly competitive and adept at ping pong. As he got older, his sports enjoyment turned to dart, volleyball, and softball leagues (the Hot Dogs), late night handball matches in the gym at the YMCA, racquetball over lunch at the IM Building, tennis at Governors Park, and golf at Nittany Country Club. He developed many great friendships from his time as a member of Nittany and these relationships lead to some legendary “South of the Border” parties on East High Street. Some of his other passions included going on spring and fall trips to the Outer Banks with family and extended family; Penn State Football; and Penn State Wrestling. As he grew older and his health began to fail, Lefty cherished the good nature of friends, family and acquaintances and he did his best to return the warmth. He was a good man, a good father, a good husband and he will be forever missed.

While he didn’t ask for memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, Bob would be pleased to see any contributions go towards the betterment of outdoor parks and recreational facilities for kids in Bellefonte.

A celebration of Lefty’s life is not planned but may be organized in the future.
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    Address
    206 N. Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA
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Denny Taylor

Posted at 02:02pm
Todd, one further thing. I see that there's a Plant a Tree opportunity as well. I'm going to speak with a number of guys that made the trip to MB and have a tree planted at NCC in your Dad's memory if that's okay with you and I'm not stepping on anyone else's toes.
Denny
 

Todd Taylor Posted at 07:01pm

Denny, thank you for the kind words. I think the planting of a tree at NCC would be a wonderful thing. Todd
DT

Denny Taylor

Posted at 01:59pm
To Judy Taylor and Todd Taylor and family. I was shocked and saddened when I heard about the passing of "Cuz". If I were to share all the stories and memories I have about Lefty and our relationship, I could probably write a book. Even though we lost touch after he was no longer able to join us for the annual trek to Myrtle Beach, he was able to fill myself and the other people that made the trip with things we'll never forget. Todd, the obituary was so well written and really made anyone who reads it so much more aware of who your dad was and all the things he was involved in during his life. Your reference to the "South of the Border" gatherings was so meaningful. My biggest regret is that I allowed other facets of my life to interfere with my plans to join he and Owen on one of their "magic Mondays". His sense of humor and wit will live with us forever and he will be sorely missed. If and when you have a celebration of his life, I'll out together a few of his "infamous" moments and share those with those in attendance. My hope is that there won't be a dry eye there, but they'll be tears of joy and laughter. He was one of a kind. Helen and my thoughts and prayers go out to all that were touched by your wonderful father. If there's anything you need, please reach out. It's the least I can do.
Denny Taylor
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Joni Spearly

Posted at 12:08pm
So sorry for your loss to all the Taylor family! I have a lot of fond memories of Lefty. May you find peace in the days ahead. Hugs and prayers to you all.
Joni & Mark Spearly
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Ron Pifer

Posted at 08:50am
My family and I will miss Lefty. He was a supporter, friend and business partner. My wife and I enjoy working with his family at Action Sports, in which we were business partners along with Tom Wallace. He was a respected business man and great sports friend. We sat in the stands together and watched our sons wrestle each other. Now that is friendship!!’
RH

Ron Hughes

Posted at 05:59am
Lefty was an easy going guy, who behind the scenes was competitive. He always had a smile on his face and friendly to everyone. He was a good heart.
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