Bob Taylor uploaded photo(s)
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
I wanted to share a few thoughts about my father who was a major influence on my life and my closest friend. I learned a lot from my father. I have always tried to emulate his many good qualities and learn from his imperfections which he was open to talk about with me. He taught me to respect everyone in life regardless of who they were and what they could do for you. He loved a good debate and taught me to be open minded to differing opinions (even if he told you they were wrong). He had a strong morale compass and was willing to go against the popular opinion if it was the right thing to do. He never panicked in the face of adversity and was always a calming influence. He encouraged me to take on any challenge and always gave me the freedom and independence to live my own life. He taught me not to bother people with problems because they have their own to deal with. Lastly, he taught me the value of hard work and also never to say the words “I am bored” (my cousin said it and not me) otherwise you would have to shovel horse manure for the rest of the day. I will value my memories with my father whether it was playing catch in the backyard (he was Terry Bradshaw and I was Lynn Swan), building me a baseball field in the yard so we could work on batting practice, shooting, teaching me farm related activities (raising goats, raising chickens, tending to a garden, etc) as well as all the other great experiences. In my adult life he was my confidante. He always wanted to hear about my life and my family rather than share any problems he might be dealing with. I always enjoyed our Sunday conversations regarding the Penn State and Steelers games. I can only image his thoughts had he been able to watch the Penn State- Michigan game (loss) and the Steelers – Lions game (tie). I will always remember our last conversation we had where he could speak and the last two things he said, “what time does Penn State play today?” and “I love you son.” I love you too dad. I know you are in a better place and are with the Lord.
The family of James B. Taylor uploaded a photo
Tuesday, November 16, 2021