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Raymond Taylor, Sr., of Fair Haven, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022, at the age of 98. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Raymond moved to Fair Haven in his youth, where he would later marry Elizabeth Howard also of Fair Haven.

As a young man, Raymond served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Dix and various other locations and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. During World War II, he served in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands and he was stationed in Australia while serving in the Pacific Theater. He also did service during the Korean War, finishing his military service with the rank of sergeant first class, and receiving a distinguished service medal, a Korean War commemorative medal, and other awards. He was an active member, and commander, of Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion.

Following his military career, Raymond returned to Fair Haven and worked as a custodian at Markham Place School in Little Silver, NJ for 37 years. Raymond was a true provider for his family and loved to stay busy, so he took on extra work in various other jobs, including custodial work at a local law office and employment at the Frank J. Perri Luncheonette and Delicatessen on River Road.

Raymond and his family were members of St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Little Silver, NJ.

Raymond enjoyed sports, especially local high school football games, minor league baseball games, and watching his New York Yankees. He enjoyed many other pastimes including fishing, golfing, and trips to Monmouth Park and Atlantic City. Raymond was always delighted to spend time at community and family events and celebrating the achievements of his loved ones.

A lifelong resident of Fair Haven, NJ, Raymond prided himself on serving his community. He was an honorary fireman with the Fair Haven Fire Company for over 20 years and loved working and celebrating at the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair each summer. Raymond was also awarded the key to the city of Fair Haven.

What Raymond loved the most was his time in his hometown with family and friends, talking and helping in any way that he could.

He is preceded in death by his parents and foster parents; brother William Taylor and wife, Navie; brother Kenneth Taylor and wife, Elsie; and grandsons Raymond Taylor, III and Corey J. Thomas.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his devoted wife, Elizabeth Taylor, Fair Haven, NJ; daughter Sandra Taylor, Fair Haven, NJ, and her son Gary R. Taylor, Maryland; daughter Jean Thomas and her husband Rodney Thomas, Neptune, NJ; son Raymond Taylor, Jr. and his wife Bernadette Connolly-Taylor, Pennsylvania; son Edward W. Taylor and his wife Sibyl Taylor, Missouri; son Ronald Taylor, Red Bank, NJ; son Marc Taylor and wife Nina Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina; son Tracey Taylor and wife Leslie Taylor, Long Branch, NJ; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, relatives, and dear friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 24th from 10 am to 11 am, followed by a funeral service at 11, at the Fisk Chapel AME Church, 38 Fisk Avenue, Fair Haven, NJ. For those who are unable to attend the service in person, you may use the zoom link below. Burial will follow at Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls, NJ. Thompson Memorial Home of Red Bank, NJ has been entrusted with the arrangements.






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