Mark Taylor Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC
Taylor, Mark Warren
Mark Warren Taylor, 67 years old, of Greensboro, passed away at home on Sunday, August 1, 2021, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born on September 25, 1953 in Governor, NY. He is the son of Norton Warren Taylor and the late Joan Brickey Taylor. Mark graduated from Governor Senior High in Governor, NY in 1971. He studied and graduated from SUNY Jefferson in 1974 and from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh in 1976. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Greensboro and met the love of his life, Rita, in 1980 and got married.
Mark was passionate about creativity and owned his own sign and neon company, Sign Management, for nearly thirty years. After his retirement, he took his knowledge and skills in the field of signage with him and founded a company for sailing boat logos. He enjoyed this because it mixed his passion for business; Plus, the love of sailing. They would find Mark volunteering in his children’s schools, giving science classes on his love for neon and electricity. As a teacher, he also came to his daughter’s school on many working days. He was a natural teacher and loved helping children. For several years, Mark helped fifth graders sail the Virginia area. He would charter a boat with students; show and teach them how to sail. For some children it was their first time on the water and on a boat.
Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Joan Brickey Taylor.
He leaves behind his father, Norton Warren Taylor of Governor, NY, who was just celebrating his 99th birthday. Mark leaves behind his wife, Marguerite “Rita” Taylor, son Christopher Warren Taylor, and wife Lauren of Cary, NC; Daughter Ashley Taylor Moritz and husband Adrian from Charlotte, NC; his sisters Patricia Hunt and husband Mark from Ohio, Lisa Joseph and husband Phil from Vermont; Grandson, Anna Henderson Taylor, David Warren Taylor, Lillian Taylor Moritz and a new grandson to be born in January 2022.
Last year, Mark and Rita celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows. They could write and read their own vows in front of friends and family. It was a beautiful day celebrating the love and life they had built.
Mark had a passion for skiing, a love for sailing, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He wore many hats, but the one that made him proudest was being a “Gramps” to his three grandchildren. The Gramps house was always full of laughter and lots of baked goods for the grandchildren. Mark never met a stranger and loved meeting people. He had this ability to make you feel like the most important person in the room when you talk to him.
You could always see Mark enjoying the little things in life and hanging out with his beloved wife, Rita. They spent almost every night sitting on their porch, talking, and having fun. This was her place; and both of them enjoyed it so much. They also enjoyed spending many weekends in their home on Smith Mountain Lake. Mark began to love the lake from early childhood. He learned to sail at a young age and developed this passion from his beloved mother. His passion resulted in Mark owning many sailboats throughout his life. He loved sleeping under the stars, exploring the lake and spending time with his family by the lake and Rita. Mark was a longtime member of the VISA Yacht Club at Smith Mountain Lake. Here he met his longtime sea friends who became family.
Mark will be remembered for his amazing heart, for the way he saw life, for the way he lived every moment; take nothing for granted. But most of all, how he loved. He found humor was almost everything and knowing him loved him. He fought a brave battle against the disease and was given precious time to spend his final year, months, and weeks knowing how many people loved him. During his illness, his children surprised him with a video of personal messages, songs and pictures sent to him by family and friends. In the end, the video was over two and a half hours long. It was a real testament to how much everyone adored Mark. He sat and enjoyed the video, laughing and crying and witnessing the love people had for him. Mark is sorely missed by so many, but his family is so grateful that he has had a personal relationship with the Lord and feels at peace knowing he is in the arms of Jesus.
A Life Service for Mark celebration will be held at Sedgefield Chapel at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home on Saturday, September 25th. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. The celebration of life takes place at 11:00 a.m.
Instead of flowers, memorials can be erected in Mark’s memory of the following foundations, which were very close to his heart:
Ryan’s Wish Foundation was started by a childhood friend of Mark who lost his young son to cancer. This foundation provides financial assistance that helps individuals of all ages with expenses incurred while receiving hospital treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses.
Donations in memory of Mark can be made to:
Ryan’s Wish Foundation
P.O. Box 326
Governor, NY 13642
Red Dog Farm is a local animal rescue that helps animals find homes forever by foster care and helping with expenses. Mark loved saving animals and it made him so happy to be involved in and assisting local rescues.
Donations in memory of Mark can be made to:
Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network
8653 NC-Autobahn 65
Stokesdale, NC 27357
Online condolences at www.haneslineberryfhsedgefield.com
Published by Greensboro News & Record on September 12, 2021.