OBITUARY

Richard "Pete" Ashton Taylor

February 12, 1942October 26, 2018
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Richard "Pete" Ashton Taylor, 76, of Ashland, passed away October 26, 2018. He was the son of the late Richard Hugh and Alice Vaughan Taylor. He eagerly served his country in the U.S. Navy. Pete proudly served his community as a Firefighter and Hazardous Materials Specialist with the Henrico and Hanover Fire Departments. Pete was nationally known for his contributions to Fire & Hazardous Materials Training. He was also a Police Officer and Communications Officer for Ashland Police Department. He served as President of the Fire Company Association and Ashland Lion's Club. He was active with Ashland Little League for 20 years and enjoyed serving his community at Pete's Breakfast & Lunch. Pete is survived by his son, Richard "Petey" Taylor (Sheila); daughter, Kimberly Williamson (John); grandchildren, Ashtyn Taylor, Jamison Taylor and Savannah Williamson and his "brother" and best friend, Mike Harman. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory - Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11am at First Baptist Church Ashland, 800 Thompson Street, Ashland, VA 23005. Interment will follow in Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ashland Volunteer Fire Company or Ashland Police Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 31, 2018
REMEMBERING

Richard "Pete" Ashton Taylor

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"Duck" Rollison

October 29, 2018

Friend,coworker,trainer all around good guy. Many great times at fire and haz/mat training events. The real learning was done with Pete and rePete after training with some good wiskey and endless tales. We were blessed to have known you.

Reta Heins

October 29, 2018

Petey and Kim this is one of the hardest things to get through the loss of your Father. His love will always be with you. I know at times he may not have been the easiest to get along with because he was probably hard on you. He made you a stronger person. I will miss all of his stories and he had plenty. He was my HazMat Trainer and I would have never made it through the class if it had not been for him. Pet and Mike going at each other at Lunch not sure who was right or who was wrong.

Remember the good times and all the good thing he did for others. Rest in Peace my dear Friend you will be missed by many. You will be in good company when you arrive.
Thoughts and Prayers and much Love to all. Phil, Reta, Ashleigh and Kelley.

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