William "Ron" Ronald Taylor

November 28, 1942April 9, 2018

William “Ron” Ronald Taylor, 75 of Merritt Island, FL passed away Monday, April 9, 2018. Born in Washington D.C., Ron moved to Florida in 1967 from Tennessee. He received his Bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University, where he also met his wife of 54 years, Melodee. He earned his Master's degree from Stetson University. Ron dedicated his life to the students he taught and mentored in the Brevard County school system. Ron worked as a social studies teacher, guidance counselor, and football and softball coach before retiring from Rockledge High in 2003. He was a Georgia Bulldogs fan. Ron was an avid learner which resulted in many varied interests. One of Ron’s favorite places was Lake Okeechobee where he enjoyed fly fishing; he even tied his own flies. Ron also carved wooden fish and ducks that he gave his family to treasure; he had a love for water fowl that allowed him to put such care and detail into his work. If he wasn’t fishing, he would find himself on the golf course perfecting his golf game. He also loved to cook and read. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Melodee Taylor; daughter, Cindy Roark (James Roark); and grandsons: Dakoda Taylor and Desmond Roark. He will be missed by his devoted dog, Munson and cat Grizzy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brevard Humane Society, or to Saving the Indian River Lagoon, A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 5PM at the Veteran's Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Creek Pkwy, Merritt Island. You are encouraged to dress casually.


  • Melodee Taylor, Wife
  • Cindy Roark, Daughter
  • James Roark, Son-in-law
  • Dakoda Roark, Grandson
  • Desmond Roark, Grandson
  • Ron will also be missed by his devoted dog, Munson, and cat Grizzy


  • Celebration of Ron's Life Sunday, April 29, 2018

William "Ron" Ronald Taylor

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Susan Berry

April 24, 2018

Mr. Taylor was an absolute favorite teacher of mine! He was kind and his classes were very interesting. My husband, also born in ‘42 and a graduate of ETSU, knew Mr. Taylor. I imagine them sharing memories now in heaven. My sincere condolences to his family.

Patti Shroble

April 24, 2018

Coach Taylor was my 8th grade Social Studies teacher. One of the most caring and intuitive adults I ever met. Kept up with him throughout the one time helping him to pick a CD for his beautiful wife Melodee for a Christmas gift. RIP, Coach Taylor.

John Adamick

April 24, 2018

Coach Taylor will always be in my memories as a kind man whom I along with the countless others that looked up to him as a mentor. His enthusiasm and positive outlook on life was infectious. We would find time to talk about fishing and the outdoors even during breaks in practice. My prayers go out to his family and I believe Coach would prefer to be remembered more than be missed. May our Coach rest in peace while he is catching red fish in heaven.
God Bless.
John H. Adamick class of 72' .