Henry H. Taylor, 76, died at his home in Alexandria, Va. of natural causes on Feb. 20, 2014. He was born in Beech Grove, Ind. on Nov. 16, 1937 to William “Bill” and Rachel Taylor.
It was post-WWII and jobs were hard to find in Indiana, so the Taylor family moved to San Diego to be nearer family and to find work. They moved several more times in California before they settled in Paso Robles in 1950 when Bill and Rachel bought what would be become Taylors Shoe Repair Shop on Park Street.
This was Hank’s first job where he repaired shoes after school and on weekends. Henry graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1956, followed by graduation from San Luis Obispo Junior College in 1958. He enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1958 and thus began his 30-year Naval career. He served at numerous stations, on ships and on staffs that included the Secretary of Defense.
During Hanks career in the Navy he received many awards and Citations for his service including the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal and numerous service and theater ribbons.
He was blessed to have traveled the world and visited Central America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Hank retired from the Navy in June 1988 as a Lieutenant Commander. He didn’t stay retired long because in January 1989 he began his second career, that being with the American Legion where he served first as a Claims and Appeals Representative and then the Office Manager/Appeals Representative in Washington, D.C. at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs.
During those years, he went back to college and graduated with a paralegal degree. Hank finally retired in December 2004 to enjoy traveling, reading and working in his beautiful yard.
While stationed in San Diego, Hank met the love of his life, ‘Josie’ Petrilli, originally from Nice, France, and they were married in 1975. Josie died of a stroke in December 2012.
Although they did not have children of their own, they were doting Uncle and Aunt to their sibling’s children; never forgetting birthdays, Christmas or any special occasion and always with cards and gifts. They were considered adopted ‘grandparents’ to Kate and Ashley Meyer, children of their longtime friends Greg and Kathy Meyer.
Hank was a quiet and reserved man. He was a man of great character, integrity, honesty and always strived to do his very best work.
He leaves to cherish his memory: sister — Karen Cary of Visalia; brothers — Dennis Taylor (wife, Roxana Taylor) of Atascadero and Tommy Taylor of Paso Robles; brother-in-law, Nunzio Pedrillo of Nice, France and many nephews and nieces in the United States and France.
Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery with the date to be announced.For the complete article see the 04-04-2014 issue.
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