OBITUARY

Robert K. Taylor Jr.

August 9, 1980July 8, 2018
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TAYLOR - Robert K., Jr. July 8, 2018. Of Gorham, ME, formerly of Kenmore, NY. Beloved son of Linda and Robert Taylor; brother of Scott (Jaclyn) and Andrew Ketcham; also survived by ten step-brothers and sisters, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. No prior visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Rob’s Life Saturday, August 25th from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Family Residence 595 Niagara St., Tonawanda NY 14150. www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

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25 August

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Family Residence

595 Niagara St.
Tonawanda, New York 14150

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Robert K. Taylor Jr.

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Lawrence Bicz

August 12, 2018

Linda and Bob.
I wish you all the very best as you cherish the memories you have with your son. As I see and read, he lives a footprint with many and no words can replace that.
Sorry for your loss to soon.

LINDA ULRICH-HAGNER

August 9, 2018

Happy Birthday Rob!! Your Mom and I went out on August 8, 1980 to celebrate my birthday. You were born the next day so I have always and will continue to think of you on your birthday. Linda Ulrich-Hagner

LINDA Ulrich-Hagner

August 9, 2018

Happy Birthday young man! Your Mom and I had lunch on August 8th to celebrate my birthday and you were born the next day. I'll always think of you on this day. LU-H

Leah Donlon-Yates

August 8, 2018

Upon hearing the very sad news about my childhood buddy Robby, I was immediately transported back to a world that existed on Knowlton Avenue in Kenmore, NY in the early 90’s. Street football, basketball, kickball and so many sports that he and I often arranged with the neighborhood kids because we were the oldest of the crew and thus the “captains” to pick teams. Even though it was often him and a few other boys (Chris Bell and Lance Boos) playing with a bunch of us girls (me, my sisters Eryn & Jenny, Joanna & Joyce Beers, Laura & Shannon Thompson, Lauren & Jennifer Alessi and others), it didn’t seem to matter to him as long as we could play the game. I was probably one of the more competitive of the bunch and I think Rob respected that and treated me as an equal, which was not always the case with other guys his age. I will never forget the time I tackled him with full force trying to prove my abilities and inadvertently caused him to split his knee open on the sidewalk requiring lots of stitches. (Sorry Linda, I don’t know if I ever really apologized to him or you for that!) I remember spending the next couple weeks watching movies with him at his house while he was recovering. Those memories on Knowlton filled with block parties, swimming pools, bikes, lawn games and long summer days will forever be part of who I am and will now be that much more bittersweet. Robby and I also attended both Kenmore West and SUNY Geneseo together. While we didn’t see each other much, our paths crossed periodically and it always gave me a sense of comfort that he was there because he was part of “home”.

To all of Robby's close friends and family, I am very sorry for your loss and I hope he will live in your memories as he will live in mine.

Karin Naffziger-Brown

August 8, 2018

Linda,
We offer our sincere condolence and deepest sympathy on your loss. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
With love,
Terry, Karin, Gabe and Demitri

Julie Gates

August 3, 2018

My first memory of Rob was actually from the day he was born. My brother and I, along with our cousins Wendy and Stacey were at our families’ cottage at Hanford Bay. My mom came running down to the beach and said, “What have we all been waiting for?!” The four of us immediately answered, “For Linda and Bus to have the baby!” My Mom exclaimed “It’s a boy!” And from that moment on I was in love with my baby cousin. We visited Disney World together when he was just 10 months old, we spent every Thanksgiving and Christmas together, every 4th of July ( even this year spent the 4th together) together when we were growing up. Rob went out of his way to find me on my wedding day ( in a sea of 300+ people) to wish us congratulations and make sure he told me how proud he was of me. He was only 15 and was the most mature guest we had. :) Rob truly was my first baby - I unearthed no fewer than 100 pictures of me holding him every chance I had. He melted my heart from day one and will always have a place there for him. I cherish the last time we spoke - on the front lawn of the very same place I knew he was born; telling him how much I loved him and how proud of him I was. He told one of my daughters “Don’t break too many hearts.” right before he left. We all have a hole from your absence now - but we all know you’re somehow still with us. We love you, Robbie Taylor.

Janeen Crosson

August 1, 2018

This is a terrible loss for all Rob’s family and friends. I cannot find the words to express my sorrow and devastation.
I just talked with Rob on July 6 to plan a lunch date with his two step sisters when he was in town the 26-30. We were all looking forward to seeing each other.
A couple of times while visiting in Florida together we would sit out on the golf cart all night chatting. He was a great person to talk to. So caring. Just could squeeze him like my little brother every time I saw him.
I have shared one photo which I hope makes it. We also have many good ones when we were younger too. I will add.

My sincerest heartfelt sadness to Linda and Bobby for the loss of their beloved son.
I believe we will all meet again so Rob, in the meantime send your little signs like mommyo. I’ll save it for our time.
Til we see each other again.....I love you bud!

Janeen Crosson

Linda Taylor

July 28, 2018

These are my Mom remarks:

Besides our huge, extended family, Rob built “friend families” wherever he lived as an adult – at college in Geneseo, in his sales career with Men’s Wearhouse in Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, and with Health Markets in Maine. Rob was the guy with the huge heart who befriended everyone he met, the one who opened his door to you, who lent you money, who invited you to his weekly poker games, who turned a blind eye to his friends’ ethnicity, race, religion or age.

Rob worked hard and was a great salesman because he built these friendships instead of a client list. He was the definition of a sports fanatic – especially the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres – two teams who make fandom almost a mission! (Although he did have some kind words for Tom Brady in recent months . . .) He played great golf, smart hockey and passionate baseball.

Rob was also passionate about his politics and his religion, as we all noted in some of his Facebook posts. Enough said about those! But he believed in his Savior Jesus Christ, so we have to believe they’ve met up by now.

As his mom, I’m devastated by his loss and have spoken to so many of you who are as well. Robbie Taylor was a beautiful baby, an engaging, smart, funny kid of the in-between generation to grow up “going out to play” street hockey and kickball AND coming home to Nintendo and Sega Genesis. He was an honor student, an athlete and a great big brother to Scott and Andy. He might have lost his way a bit as an adult, but he was fighting to get back on track, which I also know from talking to so many of you. I am forever grateful he came home for the week of the Fourth and never thought it was the last time I’d see him. He was excited to be coming back for a wedding July 28th with some of his oldest friends in attendance.

Please leave memories and pictures to help all of us remember him for the kind, caring, beautiful man he was.

Linda Taylor

July 28, 2018

Rob was the beloved son of Robert K. Taylor, Sr. of Fort Pierce, Florida and Linda C. Taylor of Tonawanda, NY. He is survived by his Mom & Dad and brothers, Andrew B. Ketcham and Scott W. Ketcham, as well as 10 stepbrothers and sisters who made him a part of all the families – Brian, Lisa, Jill, Molly, Julie, Terry and Abbe Hogle, Chris Ketcham, and Careen and Janeen Crosson.

He is also survived and beloved by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews in New York, New England, Georgia & Louisiana. I’ll let them introduce themselves in their remarks below.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Rob at the Family Residence 595 Niagara St, Tonawanda NY 14150 Saturday, August 25 from noon to 4, or however late anyone wants to stay. Please bring a dish to pass (apps, sides, snacks or desserts), A CHAIR and memories to share with the group. We’ll provide hotdogs and hamburgers, beer and soda, some worship, some speeches, some music. PLEASE NO FLOWERS! Make a donation to the charity or cause of your choice instead. And while you’re praying for Rob, add a prayer for no rain.

Kim Grace

July 27, 2018

Evan and I will love and miss you forever. Our year together was more cherished than you will ever know. Life is not the same here without you. I know you are in the arm's of God and will watch over us. Thank you for the love you gave us. Until we meet again you will be in my heart each and every day. I love you Rob Taylor!!!