Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA


Robert F. Taylor

July 14, 1943September 25, 2019

Robert F. “Bob” Taylor, age 76, of Acushnet, passed away on September 25, 2019 at his residence with his beloved wife by his side. He was the loving husband of Althea (St.Don) Taylor with whom he shared 49 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, son of the late Alexander R. and Doris M. (Roe) Taylor he lived in Acushnet for the past 40 years.

A graduate of New Bedford High School, Mr. Taylor served in the U.S. Air Force. He later completed training to become an air traffic controller.

Bob was the proud owner of J.T.’s Pub for 20 years before he retired in 2018. He was known for his generous spirit and his willingness to help his family, friends and employees. One of his favorite pasttimes was hanging out at J.T.’s with his brothers and his buddies.

Bob enjoyed golfing and old western movies, particulary anything starring John Wayne. He also liked challenging himself with sudoku puzzles and the daily crossword. Above all else, he cherished spending time with his family, particulary his grandchildren, who always brought a smile to his face. He was a wonderful role model for them and will be sorely missed by them and his children.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by a daughter, Julie Taylor and her fiance Helder Ribeiro of Fairhaven; a son, Garry L. Rawcliffe and his wife Michelle of Acushnet; five grandchildren, Shane, Evan and Sarah DeSousa, and Alexandra and Zachary Rawcliffe; a brother, John “Randy” Taylor of Fairhaven, sister-in-laws Francine Taylor and Jeannette Taylor and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Paul R., Dennis G., and Stephen A. Taylor.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Diane, Robert's hospice aide, for the professional and loving care she showed him during this time.

His Visiting Hours will be from 3 -6 pm on Sunday, September 29, 2019 with a Funeral Service at 5pm in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashely Blvd., New Bedford. Family and friends are invited to attend his burial on Monday, September 30, 2019 in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Please gather at the funeral home at 9am and we will process to the cemetery for his 10:30am Graveside Service with Military Honors.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Shepherd’s Pantry Inc, PO Box 760, Fairhaven, MA 02719 or to the Veterans Transition House, 344 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740. For online tributes, please visit: www.rock-funeralhome.com


  • Visiting Hours Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, September 30, 2019


Robert F. Taylor

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Beverly Perry

September 28, 2019

Dear Althea and family , my very deepest sympathies to you all .
So many good memories of years gone by.I hope you find peace knowing he is enjoying time with so many family and friends that are already up in heaven .I know whoever is tending bar up there will be over worked with our crowd .
I know your pain Sis but I promise someday your pain will turn to wonderful memories. Love and prayers for you all ,
Beverly Perry

Erika Crete-Deschenes

September 27, 2019

Aunt sis, So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Growing up, I always remember him being so kind and fun to be around. He was always such a great, loyal, and true friend to my dad right up to my dad's last days. Brian thought the world of him and always cherished their friendship. I'm sure they are reunited and both looking after all of us. Love to you all!

Betty & Bob Martin

September 25, 2019

We were so sad to hear of Bob's passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Another link in the family chain has been broken. Please know that our thoughts are with you & your family at this very sad time Hugs & love Bob & Betty