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Patrick A. "Pat" Taylor, age 59, passed away peacefully at Delnor Community Hospital Thursday, February 23, 2012, after a long fought battle with cancer. BORN: He was born, October 7, 1952, in La Porte, IN, the son of Robert and Helen Taylor.EARLY YEARS:He grew up in La Porte where he attended St. Peter’s Catholic Grade School and graduated from La Porte High School. Wanting to further his education, he attended St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, IN. Later, Pat earned a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University.MARRIAGE:In the 1970’s, Pat often visited his brother, Joe, in Palatine, Illinois, and the young lady who lived across the street caught his eye. Nine years later, Pat married Bev on August 23, 1980. For the next 31 years, Pat would faithfully stand by her. Five years later, they were blessed with their first child , Aimee. In the years that followed, Pat and Beverly would welcome Jim, Dan, and Katie into their lives. RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: They made their home in St Charles for a time before moving to Virgil and finally, in 1994, came to make their home in Elburn.OCCUPATION / WORK HISTORY:Pat had a love for education and history. He began his teaching career at East Aurora High School in 1980 and would spend 13 years there teaching social studies. With an opportunity to work closer to home, Pat became a social studies teacher at St. Charles East High School, where he continued until the end of January. ORGANIZATIONS: Pat was a faithful parishioner of St. Gall Parish in Elburn where on Saturday evenings he would devote his time to the church as an usher. LIFE NOTES: Pat had a special place in his heart for sports; especially his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He became very excited whenever tickets made their way into his hands. His love for sports extended beyond the Fighting Irish to his Chicago Bears and Cubs. His interest in sports did not stop there however. Whenever he had the opportunity to coach his children, whether it was baseball or basketball, he would be there. Pat also had a passion for tennis which he not only enjoyed playing, but teaching others to play as well. If Pat was not spending time coaching or watching one of his beloved teams, he was spending time with his family. He enjoyed taking vacations especially time in a cottage overlooking a lake. You would often find him out on the porch with his family playing cards or board games. In the background, you would hear some of his favorite artists playing. You could still hear the echoes of the Beatle’s, The Eagle’s, Simon and Garfunkel, or Crosby, Stills and Nash. Pat and his family enjoyed spending time at numerous cottages, but Door County was where they spent most of their vacations together. Pat enjoyed the simple pleasures and beauty in life. He spent endless hours in the garden growing flowers or would lose himself in books; particularly historical fiction. Those who knew Pat well knew that his interesting sense of humor was like no other.SURVIVORS: He is survived by his wife, Beverly Taylor of Elburn;Four Children:Aimee Taylor,Jim (Kristen) Taylor,Dan Taylor,Katie Taylor,Seven siblings:Joe (Audrey) TaylorMary GinemanMartha Taylor (Lester Gillespie)Mike (Judy) TaylorRita (Gerry) BambrickBeth (Don) LopotkoBobi (Mike) Tierney;a host of nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends.PRECEDED:He is preceded by his parents.VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be held Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 1-5 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be held Monday, February 27th, at 10:30 am at St. Gall Catholic Church, Elburn, with Fr. Dennis Morrissy, pastor of The Church of St. Mary of Assumption in Maple Park, IL, will officiate. MEMORIAL Memorials in Patrick’s name may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Checks may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and mailed to 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06815, on the web at www.themmrf.org or mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the family through P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119 or on the web at www.conleycare.com.
Visitation will be on Sunday Feb 26 from 1-5Pm at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce Street, Elburn, IL 60119. A service to celbrate his life will be held on Monday Feb 27 at St. Gall Catholic Church at 10:30AM with Father Morrissy Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Maple Park, officiating
Intement will follow at Blackberry Township Cemetery.