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A tribute to the late attorney John Taylor

Letter No. 188 | August 12, 2000

Hi Jon,

It was somewhat ironic that Mrs. Rhea Taylor, the Blacklick Township School District music teacher for many years, appeared on one of your webmaster's pictures celebrating the Township's 150th Sesquicentennial celebration. She passed away some years ago.

By coincidence, her husband, Attorney John W. “Jack” Taylor, 85, of Ebensburg, just passed away on July 26, 2000, in a Johnstown hospital. He was born in Salamanca, New York, just over the Pennsylvania border in western New York state. Attorney Taylor graduated from Nanty Glo High School in 1932, completed Indiana State Teachers College in 1940, and earned his law degree at George Washington University Law School in 1948. He was admitted to the bar in March, 1949.

Mr. Taylor was active in the practice of law for 50 years in Ebensburg. My wife and I once employed his legal services in resolving a condemned property settlement. I must add that his demeanor in court was impressive. He researched all the facts of a case and came fully and strongly prepared to represent his client in the court room.

Besides being a member of the county and state bar associations, Attorney Taylor was admitted to practice before the State Supreme Court and U.S. Federal Court. He served for years as solicitor for the Nanty Glo and Twin Rocks water authorities, and also Jackson and Blacklick Townships. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Even at his advanced age, Attorney Taylor would still spend time daily at his law office performing legal work. One could invariably find him in the morning, before he began his office routine, at the Ebensburg Dairy Dell [now Valley Dairy—editor] seated at a stool at a front counter drinking coffee and discussing the topics of the day with the other habitues of the restaurant.

He is survived by a sister and a brother and nieces and nephews. After a religious ceremony, internment with military gravesite rites followed at Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg.

Best Wishes,

Frank Charney


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