Edward Nelson Taylor

AUBURN – Edward N. Taylor, 92, died Oct. 13, 2021, at Schooner Estates Memory Care. Born in Auburn at home on March 30, 1929, Ed was a son of Olin and Pearl Hines Taylor. He attended Auburn schools and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.He met Anita Caron while she was attending nursing school in Lewiston and they exchanged letters during his military service. On Nov. 28, 1953, the couple wed and were married for over 67 years.Ed had a career in the construction industry for over 50 years. During his long building history, he oversaw the construction of many roads, bridges, and buildings throughout the state. One early project was the building of the Basin Dam in North Auburn. Serving as construction manager for Platz Associates, he directed the renovation of the Knapp Shoe Building in Lewiston. Now known as 29 Lowell Street, it houses a variety of medical offices and the Dempsey Center.In his earlier years, Ed enjoyed nature and was fond of taking Anita and their five children on weekly hikes chronicling the outing with his Argus rangefinder camera and spending summer weekends enjoying many of the beautiful campgrounds in western Maine. In the early 70s, he built a rustic cabin on Richardson Lake. Later on, Ed enjoyed splitting his time between Richardson and a log cabin built on Long Island in Harpswell. He was able to have the best of both worlds, gathering friends and family for boating, hunting, fishing, lobstering; celebrating Maine’s natural world. After his retirement, in addition to his favorite outdoor activities, Ed took up landscape and watercolor painting.Survivors include his wife, Anita, sister, Joyce Taylor King and her son, Dennis; his five children Karen Taylor, Ron Taylor and his wife Cindy, Kevin Taylor, Jeff Taylor, Colleen Taylor and her partner John Dana; nine grandchildren: Jeremy and Justin Taylor; Jessica, Grace and Elijah Taylor; Brian, Scott and Matthew Taylor and Ben Capano. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren. A graveside memorial service will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, http://www.act.alz.org.

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