Obituary: James G. Taylor, age 88, of Mystic, CT and formerly of Hancock, NH and Fairfield, CT

James G. Taylor

James G. Taylor

James G. Taylor, age 88, of Mystic, CT and formerly of Hancock, NH and Fairfield, CT, the beloved husband of Lois Sanford Taylor for over sixty-five years, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 2, 2015.

Born in Malden, MA to the late James G. Taylor, Sr. and Margaret (Bulger) Taylor, Mr. Taylor was a graduate of Malden High School where he excelled in track and broke several state records.

After graduation, he entered into the U.S. Army Air Force where he served as a radio operator in the U.S. and Italy during World War II. Upon his return, he attended Boston College where he graduated cum laude in business administration in 1951. While attending Boston College, he was Captain of the varsity track team, and a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Cross and Crown, Jesuit honor societies.

Mr. Taylor began his career as a management trainee with John Hancock Insurance Company in Boston, then joined General Electric Company as a management systems analyst in their jet engines design and manufacturing operations in Lynn, MA. Mr. Taylor subsequently joined Sperry Rand Univac as a member of their New York City based corporate internal consulting group and then with James Talcott, a large New York financial services company, overseeing management organization systems and planning activities.

He joined ITT Corporation in 1967 at their New York City World headquarters as a Director of Organization Planning and served on the senior management team during several decades of historic company growth creating the first global conglomerate (350 acquisitions and revenue growth from $750M to $17B), and retired as the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations Analysis with worldwide responsibility for administering ITT’s planning program and processes for all businesses, acquisitions, and global operations.

He had a great sense of humor, was active in the Roman Catholic Church as a lector and teacher and enjoyed lifelong passions for swimming, mountaineering, photography, shooting, classical music and reading. He enjoyed extensive global travel both in his business life and with his wife Lois. Post retirement, he and Lois enjoyed attending the ballet, theatre and opera.

Survivors include his wife; three loving children, Mark G. and Gregory P. (Abby M.) of Fairfield, CT and Jocelyn C. Dezell (James E.) of Milton, GA; four grandchildren, Alexander and Olivia Taylor, and Katherine and Zachary Dezell and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, J. Harold Taylor.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke Church in Westport, CT. Interment to follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield, CT. Visitation will take place on Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 2-6 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Development Office, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 or www.

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