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Robert G TaylorJanuary 27, 1930 ~ November 2, 2017 (age 87)
Robert George Taylor (b. 1/27/30) passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 2, 2017, in Bradenton, Florida, after a brief illness. Son of Joseph and Kay Taylor, Bob was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. After a brief and honorable service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1955, Bob received his B.A. in Honors Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario in 1956. The quintessential go-getter, Bob then left his Canadian home for the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, from which he received his MBA and then his PhD in 1963.
Even while pursuing his academic goals, Bob made the time to commute 400 miles on weekends from Chicago to London, Ontario, in order to court his future wife, Marian M. Volanski. Bob and Marian married on September 6, 1958, and moved often in their early years together. Leaving Chicago, the couple moved to South Bend, Indiana, where Bob took a teaching position at the University of Notre Dame, and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where Bob directed the development of the new Graduate School of Accounting at Northeastern University. The next year, Bob launched a brand-new, non-profit organization in New York City. Bob served as the Executive Director and then President of Associated Accounting Firms International in New York City and Washington, DC, from 1966 until his retirement in 1994, fostering professional development among non-competing CPA firms in the U.S.A., Canada, and England for nearly 30 years.
But Bob’s passion for accounting was equally matched by his lifetime enthusiasm for and prowess in racquet sports, including badminton, squash, tennis, racquetball, and eventually pickleball in his adopted hometown of Anna Maria, Florida. He was a curious learner, and he could and would engage in lively conversations about all topics, from politics to sports and beyond. He was also a wonderful singer and an amazing whistler, carrying on entire tunes in perfect pitch.
Bob was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marian; three children: Kathleen, Bob, and Marsha (Kurt); two grandsons, Alex and Luke Trumble; one granddaughter, Taylor Trumble; and brother Bill (Fran), as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews in Canada and England.
A memorial for Bob will be held at the Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton, Florida, at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 6, 2018. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you contribute to the charity of your choice in Bob’s name.