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National Funeral Home & National Memorial Park

7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA

OBITUARY

William "Bill" Lee Taylor

April 5, 1934January 29, 2020
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William "Bill" Lee Taylor, 85, of McLean, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, surrounded by his family. Bill was born in Washington, DC on April 5, 1934. He met the center of his life, Jane Lee Downs, at 16 years old at the high school sorority club. After graduating from University of Maryland, they married on December 21, 1956. They spent the next 63 years together, raising their two children, traveling the world (while always living in the DC area), working hard, and helping those who needed help within and outside of their family. Everyone was welcome into Bill and Jane Lee’s lives and quickly became like family, making their life full of love and happy times. Bill was the calm center of his family, finding his greatest happiness in his family and his pugs.

After passing the CPA exam, Bill worked at Price Waterhouse, before he joined the Inter-American Development Bank, rising to Auditor General at that institution. He loved his career and hard work. He was a leader at the Institute of Internal Auditors, and worked to build respect for the profession of internal auditing. He also co-authored an influential book on international internal auditing standards, A Global Summary of the Common Body of Knowledge.

Bill was a kind, strong, and most caring son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a mentor to many, offering counsel and wisdom. He was an organizer, a planner, and always a leader, lending his talents to organizations from international professional organizations and businesses to his childrens’ PTA and the youth fife and drum corps, The Patriots of Northern Virginia. He was a role model in his treatment of others.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jane Lee Taylor; their children, Jane Caroline Kilgore (Scott) and Timothy William Taylor (Tamae); grandchildren, Katie Kilgore and Chris Kilgore (Raquel) and his step-granddaughter, Mayu. He is also survived by his nephew, Matt Taylor (Tracy) and niece Amy Taylor-Bannon (John) and their families. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Clary (Pete); his father, William Leonard Taylor (Eleanor) and his brother, Robert Lee Taylor.

Family and friends are also invited to celebrate Bill’s life with the family at National Funeral Home located at 7482 Lee Highway Falls Church, VA on Friday, February 7th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 11 a.m. at National Funeral Home. A graveside service will immediately follow at National Memorial Park.

Bill loved the littlest of us the best. In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage you to contribute to the medical care of children by donating, in Bill’s name, to St. Jude’s Research Hospital (http://giftfunds.stjude.org/billtaylor) and Shriners Hospitals for Children (in memory of Bill Taylor). Both were causes close to his heart.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 8, 2020

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William "Bill" Lee Taylor

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Lisa Krist

February 6, 2020

Over the years I saw Bill and Jane Lee at many IIA events. But he was such a kind hearted friend to me that he attended my Father in Law's funeral at Washington National on a Monday when Bill was at the peak of his career. When I said he shouldn't have left work for me Bill said, "Work isn't important. Family is important. Life is important. You are important." He said it, and he lived it, and we are all better because of him. I will miss Bill and send my greatest condolences to Jane Lee and the family. Lisa Krist

Alicia Pocai

February 4, 2020

Mr. Taylor. Thank you for give me the chance to work for the IDB! I have the chance to have a retired pension now because of you! Rest In Peace!

John Loveless

February 4, 2020

My wonderful uncle Bill. Jovial,uplifting and always the gentleman.

Michelle Poulos

February 4, 2020

I will always remember how faithfully Bill would bring Jane Lee to our meetings and wait for her and then take her home afterward. He was the picture of devotion and true love - and patience as sometimes our meetings went on for quite a long time! Jane Lee and her family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Michelle Poulos
It's Cold Silver Spring Chapter

Gerard Muus

February 4, 2020

Dear Jane,

I'm sorry for your loss of William. Much strength to you and your dear ones.

Warm greetings and love from me.

Gerard Muus
Netherlands

Brenda McKenrick

February 3, 2020

Bill was the nicest, most loving man Randy and I have ever met. We have always been proud to call him our friend. In our 23+ years of friendship we witnessed his ability to always encourage and acknowledge others that worked around him telling them he recognized how hard that person worked and what a great job they did. Bill was a good, honest, moral man with a big heart who knew what a lucky man he was to have married the love of his life, Jane Lee. Together they were the power of love couple everyone admires.
We traveled so many places together the four of us and looked forward to more but it wasn't meant to be. Yet we still had long wonderful talks together.
You know our love goes with you forever, Bill. Until we meet again, dear friend

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