Norman Charles Taylor, 83, of Lenox, Massachusetts, passed away on March 23, 2023, surrounded by his family. Born in St. Albans, Queens, New York, he grew up in Fairfax, Virginia with his seven siblings. He graduated from Fairfax High School and later attended the University of Virginia. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
In 1963, Norman met the love of his life, Helen Campbell, in Virginia Beach, Virginia near the Navy base where he was stationed. They married less than two months later at the Navy chapel.
During his time as a US Naval aviator, he served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Independence. He successfully flew over 200 missions during the Vietnam conflict.
After his service, he flew for National Airlines and then Pan Am Airways as a commercial airline pilot.
Norman was never idle. Aside from his job as a pilot, he started a television and radio repair business, designed and received a U.S. patent for a solar panel, started a solar heating company, built two planes, a hot rod and an airboat, enjoyed bass fishing, photography and photo development, and traveled extensively in their motorhome. In his 60’s he designed their home and airplane hanger in an airpark where he could enjoy flying into his 70’s.
Norman is survived by his wife, Helen (Campbell) Taylor; his son, Greg Taylor and his partner, Adrian Cordero; his daughter, Teresa (Taylor) Guerino and her husband, Frank; his granddaughters, Mariah and Hayley Dalton; his step grandsons, Michael and Marc Guerino; his sisters, Diana Montague (Noel), and Monica Taylor; and his brother, Andrew Taylor.
Norman is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Mary (Bolgiano) Taylor; his brothers, Clyde and Bruce Taylor; and his sisters, Judy (Taylor) Ackerman and Karen (Taylor) Barrett.
At a future date, Norman’s memorial service will be held in Lake City, Florida.