Obituary: Merton Louis Taylor Jr., 69

obit-taylor-photo0Merton Louis Taylor Jr. ., 69, died on Wednesday, Sept. 7  after a four-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda as well as his daughter Colleen Bockhahn, and son Kyle Taylor and his wife Christy.

A Connecticut native, Mert grew up in Plantsville, and spent the majority of his life there before retiring to Hampstead, NC. He served in the army as a radio communications officer, and post-service became the owner and operator of Taylor Grocery, a multi-generation family business that was a staple of the town for decades.  In his free time, Mert was an avid golfer, most recently playing often with close friend Bill Sheriden, and finally scoring his first hole-in-one at Bear Trail Golf Club in Jacksonville, NC.

Mert is further survived by his sister Patricia Conroy and brother-in-law David Conroy. Their children David Conroy Jr and wife Cindy; Kim Lane and her husband Michael; and their children Joshua, John-David, and Kiersten.

Mert was a loving husband and father; a hardworking man who never hesitated to sacrifice for his family, or make time for friends and loved ones alike. He will be greatly missed and often remembered.

In Lieu of flowers or cards, please consider donating to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. www.lustgarten.org/donate

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