Obituary: Ronald Vivian Taylor Jr., 97
Ronald Vivian Taylor Jr., 97, passed away peacefully at Hospice Savannah on March 12, 2016, after a short illness. Ron, the eldest of two children, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 30, 1918 to Ronald and Alfreda Taylor.
Drafted during World War II, Ron quickly excelled as a leader, becoming an officer and earning his wings in the Army Air Corp. In 1944 he met his future bride, singer Lillian (Bonnie) Clark, while attending one of her performances in New York City. Three months later they were married and remained together up until Bonnie’s death in 2013. They had two children, a daughter and son, Pamela and Cameron.
After his discharge from the service he studied commercial art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., later becoming a well–respected art director and magazine designer on Madison Avenue. In 1953, Ron’s family moved to Wilton, Conn. Ron continued to commute to New York City where he was employed by Photoplay magazine in the 1950s, Time, Inc., MacFadden Publications and Famous Schools in Westport, Conn. in the 1960s. In 1977 he opened his own business, Taylor Associates in Stratford, Conn., designing publications for Fortune 500 companies like GE.
He was a member of the Elks, Rotary Club and Masonic Lodge.
Upon retirement in 1984, Ron and Bonnie moved from Connecticut to The Landings in Savannah, Ga., which Ron thought was paradise. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Landing Art Association and Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, and active in the Neighborhood Bible Study Group.
Surviving are his daughter Pamela Smith of Punta Gorda, Fla., his son Cameron Taylor and his wife Stephanie of Deep River, Conn., and his grandson Peter Smith of Orlando, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411 or Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.
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