Joseph Walter Taylor, III, 80 of Rockledge, FL passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 6, 2013. “Walter”, as he was known to family, was born on May 10, 1933, in New Waterford, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph W. Taylor, II, his mother, Frances (Dillon), and brothers Charles and John.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Kathryn “Kate” (Eyster). Daughter’s Rachel and Janean (Mike Knight) of Rockledge, son’s Joseph W. IV, of PA (Michelle), and Daniel (Mindy) of NC. Sister Sally (Walton) of New Waterford, OH and brother Daniel of Greely, CO. Grandson, Jason Walter Knight, his pride and joy, and three granddaughter’s, Holly, Megan and Sarah, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Upon graduating from New Waterford High School in 1951, he entered the United States Navy where he served aboard the USS Salem (CA-139) and the USS Charr (SS 328), during the Korean War. He was inducted into the Pioneers of Cable in 1986. He retired from the cable television industry in 1996 after 31 years of service. His career in the cable industry took him from Ohio to Manhattan, Berea, KY to Seneca, SC, Liberty, NY to Deland, FL and finally to Cocoa Beach, FL where he and Kate lived for 13 years. During those years in Cocoa Beach, he hosted many holiday neighborhood parties and especially enjoyed lighting up Curacau Drive during the Christmas season for all to enjoy.
During his retirement he, and Kate traveled in their van throughout the US and Canada. Key West to the Maritime Provinces discovering the many eastern seaboard lighthouses, Coastal Hwy. 101, Route 66 from Chicago to San Diego, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Alaskan Hwy. and the Trans-Canada Hwy. are but a few of the many journey’s they made together. He challenged the white water of the Upper Gauley River in WV in 1992 and 1997 and hiked the Grand Canyon in 1993. His exceptional personality, remarkable wit and solid work ethic will be not be forgotten. He never failed to send you on your way without saying, “Don’t take any wooden nickels and keep your head above water.”
The family wishes to thank the staff of La Casa Memory Care and Vitas Hospice for their kind and loving care.
To fulfill his wishes, a celebration of life will be held at a later date in New Waterford, Ohio.