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Green Funeral Home

57 Main St, Danbury, CT

OBITUARY

Gregg James Taylor

October 20, 1978August 6, 2019

Gregg James Taylor, 40, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday August 6th at his home in Danbury, CT.

Gregg was born on October 20, 1978 in Danbury, CT to the late Jeffrey and Cathleen (Durkin) Taylor. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Chris and Karen Taylor of New Fairfield, his nephews Brayden, Blake, and Brody, his grandmother Jeanne Durkin of Danbury, his aunts and uncles Maureen & Larry Gardner of New Jersey, and Jeannie & Bob Sweeney of Danbury, many cousins, and countless friends, many of whom were his family. He recently suffered the loss of his father, Jeff. He is also predeceased by his mother Cathleen, his grandparents George & Gudrun Taylor and James Durkin, his uncles George and Gordon Taylor, and his aunt Rosemary Manacek.

Gregg graduated from Danbury High School in 1997, Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Fordham University. In 1998, Gregg joined the Army Reserves and later transferred to the CT Army National Guard in 2000 to become a Combat Engineer. Specialist Gregg Taylor served honorably, including a combat tour in Afghanistan in the 102nd Infantry Division in 2006-2007 until being honorably discharged in late 2007. Gregg was known throughout the Danbury area as your talented, silly, funny, and friendly neighborhood bartender at Rosy Tomorrow’s. As a full time substitute teacher, primarily with the Junior ROTC program, he carried on his mother's legacy of education in the Danbury Public Schools.

Gregg took great joy in making everyone laugh. His life is filled with countless episodes typically seen in a comedy movie. Gregg was known as a giving person, whether it be for his childhood friends, Sigma Chi Fraternity Brothers, fellow combat veterans through the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), or the JROTC students he worked with in the Danbury Schools. He loved spending time with his dog Yogi, and watching his beloved Yankees with his father.

There are no calling hours.

A graveside burial with military honors will take place at 12:30pm on Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Section 14, Danbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 https://support.woundedwarriorproject.orgmemorial . A scholarship has also been set up in Gregg’s honor to benefit a deserving AFJROTC student from Danbury High School. https://www.gofundme.com/f/gregg-j-taylor-scholarship-fund

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, August 16, 2019

Memories

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Kathy Wildman

August 19, 2019

May you rest in peace with your mom and dad. You've left us too soon but leave a legacy of love and laughter.

Lydia Cray

August 15, 2019

What I remember the most is his kindness to my son, encouraging him to stay with JROTC, and no matter what the obstacle he can do it. My son he will miss seeing him in the halls and talking about baseball. He had a kind heart. He will definitely be missed. R.I.P Mr Taylor.

Melanie Karkos

August 12, 2019

My friend, my heart. I love you always. You will be missed more than you can possibly know.

ryan mangino

August 12, 2019

They say the brightest stars burn quickest. I don’t know if that’s true.
But, Gregg was about as bright as they come. An overpowering force of personality and one of the handful of people in my life who taught me how to be me by simply being themselves.
I wish I had told him that. I hope he knows now. I hope now that he can see, or knows, that the imprints he left on us were all lasting and that whenever I think of those years of my life. It will impossible not to think of him in tandem.
Gregg Taylor! You were a maniac! But you were my kind of maniac. I am thankful to have known you.
One candle going out shouldn’t dim the world noticeably. But it sure feels that way right now.
RIP Gregg.

Barbara Novella

August 11, 2019

I had the opportunity to work with Gregg at Mill Ridge and King St. Primary while he was substituting in our Kindergarten class. Gregg and I clicked from the moment we met. Always making me laugh. We did have many serious discussions and he referred to me as his work mom. I felt this was quite an honor. I will toast to you each time I have a Coke, as we both have a love for that soft drink. The children in our classes all loved him and one in particular would ask" where is Taylor" when he wasn't there. Gregg was amazing with children and had a gift for working with them. I will truly miss his friendship, laughter and smile. Fly free Gregg, Thank you for serving our country.
I was honored to have you in my life.
Rest in peace my work son.

Helena Azzollini

August 11, 2019

I’ve been thinking for days and I am still working on the words and the thoughts that fit... I don’t think there really are any so I am just going to write.
As I hold your dog tag and look at it, I think about the words you said when you gave it to me, before you shipped out ... then you came home and I thought I would never have to think about that again.
But, here we are and you have gone from this place, the unfortunate reality that so many of your friends and family are sitting with. So many, because you really did bring joy and touch so many people, Gregg with 3 g’s. I know you will see it and I hope that you are now at peace.
Since I learned you were gone a new thought has popped in my head each minute. I shared some of the sad because I will miss knowing you are on this earth and that I may get one of your phone calls, but I will end in happy because that is who you were. You were the humor, the smile, the laugh, the hug, the lick, and the pole dance as I was finishing my Tuxedo’s shift.
You were the only human I would find eating a block of cheese, standing in our kitchen, at 1am. You were a forever justice warrior for me and all of those you loved. The time we almost ate the McDonald’s French fry moth...I remember you grabbing the moth fry and without even a blink you were out the door, down to the store, defending us all for almost eating a French fry moth. I’m sure we had free McDonald’s for months.
You always made me laugh and I will never forget it, even if sometimes it was completely ill timed, and I had to pretend I wasn’t crying and peeing in laughter.
I am so grateful for having known you and for being a part of your life. I am so thankful for coming through all we did and exiting as friends, it speaks to all that we were.
I will miss you dearly. I will share your memory and the Beatrix books you gave me with my daughter, as you wanted me to. Your memory and love will live on, I promise you that. Be well love, be well.

Linda Benicewicz

August 10, 2019

I have to add another memory of Gregg that always put a smile on my face. As most of you know , his mom Cathy was my best friend. She passed away in 1995....like his dad, I also promised her I would look after and love her boys, which I did. Cathy dressed Gregg and Chris so perfectly, matching everything, color coded, neat as a pin from head to toe. It was inside out day at king street intermediate. When she came to pick them up, Gregg walked in with his clothes inside out and she said Gregg what did you do?????? I quickly came to Gregg's defense laughing so hard which she did not think was funny.......now they're together again......love you all...rest in peace

Kevin White

August 10, 2019

It’s been a lot of years since I’ve seen Gregg but I tell you what, he was always a really good person to be around. I’ll never forget his smile. I’m glad that we crossed paths even if it has been a while. My thoughts are with Chris and others who are saddened by this news. I hope I get to see Gregg again when it is my time.

Gregg - Rest In Peace my friend. - Kevin White

Andy (big guy) Benicewicz

August 10, 2019

Gregg (sumner) the nickname I gave him. He was always a bright light, a lot of fun and hilarious most of the time.
He brought a lot of joy to everyone around him and we were better people for having known him.
He'll be missed but always will be in our hearts and souls,,,,hope he knows how much he meant to everyone and we will miss him dearly...

Carol Bates

August 10, 2019

There are no words to express how sad I am about Gregg's passing. I'm so glad I had the chance to get to know him well through the Benicewicz family and it always touched my heart when he called me Aunt Carol. My deepest sympathy to all his friends and family. Rest in peace dear Gregg.

FROM THE FAMILY