Obituary: Frederick Wilson Taylor
September 25, 1938 – April 19, 2013
It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of our beloved Fred Taylor. At the end of his courageous battle with cancer, Fred’s passing on April 19th was peaceful.
Fred was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania and spent most of his youth there. His family migrated to California in his late teens and Fred graduated from high school in Long Beach, CA. After graduation Fred served in the Army during the Vietnam war. Having honorably completed his service, Fred found employment with a local bowling alley where he also learned and came to love bowling, earning numerous “300” (perfect game) rings over the years. While employed at the alley, he met a Business Representative for the Carpenter’s Union and was introduced to his calling in life. After working his way through apprenticeship and honing his skills as a carpenter, he was encouraged to run for the office of Business Representative himself. Fred was an adamant supporter of labor and worked hard to maintain safe and fair working conditions for his Union, all the while remaining highly respected by those with whom he negotiated. Fred understood and believed strongly that any negotiation needed to benefit both parties and worked hard at making that a reality. His position was an elected office and his first election was the only time he was ever opposed – for the rest of his career he was so loved and respected by his workers that he won the position by acclamation every four years for two decades until he retired in 1996.
While working in Long Beach Fred met and quickly married the love of his life, Ann. They had only been dating for a few weeks when they eloped to Las Vegas but Fred always said it was the best decision he ever made. He and Ann enjoyed 47 years together, frequently traveling for his business work but also enjoying the visits to places like Toronto, Hawaii, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. They happily retired to Minden in 1996 where Fred made another million friends and spent his days enjoying their company, helping neighbors, bowling, golfing and gardening.
Everyone Fred ever met became a friend. Because of his kindness and sweet nature, his generosity and compassion, his honesty and deliciously wicked sense of humor, Fred was well loved in return.
Fred is survived by his devoted wife, Ann; his son, Rick; brother, Bill and his wife, Marlene; sister-in-law, Linda Niemann and her husband, Fritz; numerous grandchildren; his faithful cat, Gizmo and many, many dear friends.
It was Fred’s desire that there be no services but his family requests that everyone remember his smile, his laughter, and that bright twinkle in Fred’s eyes!