Ted Taylor, lifelong horseman, passes at age 86

08:50 AM 12 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Ted Taylor (right) presenting to Fredrick and Frances Dodge Van Lennep

Theodore G. Taylor, 86, of Westland, Michigan, passed away on December 2, 2013.

He was born on April 22, 1927, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of James M. and Isabel Wallace Taylor. He grew up on a farm in Madison County, London, Ohio.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Ocean on the USS Whitley.

Taylor's love for horses became his lifetime profession. He owned, trained and raced standardbreds. He raced in Europe as well as the United States.

During his racing career he was one of the top 10 drivers in the country. He was inducted into the Harness Horsemen's Hall of Fame in both Michigan and Florida.

Taylor is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Ann Waters Taylor; sisters, Phyllis T. Jacob, Eunice T. (Hugh) Mac Rae and Nancy T. (Bill) Robinson; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James R.; and sisters, Mary T. Brown and Sue Ellen Harrison.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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