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Norman W. Taylor, retired correctional officer, active in Scouting

Dec. 7, 1922 – March 27, 2016

Norman W. Taylor of Alden, a retired correctional officer active in Scouting and his community, died Sunday in Greenfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster, after a short illness. He was 93.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Alden High School and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a correctional officer at the former Erie County Penitentiary at Wende from 1947 to 1977.

A member of Boy Scout Troop 68 in his youth, he was an Eagle Scout and remained active in Scouting.In 1983, he and his wife started Troop 82 in the Erie County Home, the first chartered scout troop in a long-term care facility in the nation. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1989.

Mr. Taylor joined Alden Lodge 594, Free & Accepted Masons, in 1949 and served as master twice in the 1960s. In 1974, he became district deputy grand master for the First Erie District and remained active with Alden Lodge and Akron Lodge 527.

He also served as a trustee and deacon at Alden Presbyterian Church, a trustee at Ewell Free Library in Alden and president of the Alden Senior Citizen Club. He and his wife also were active in the YES program and volunteered at long-term care facilities.

The Alden Chamber of Commerce honored them as Citizens of the Year in 1998. They were honored by the Western New York Service for the Aging in 2015.

His wife of 70 years, the former Natalie “Nancy” Wilson, died in 2015.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Saupe and Marsha Farber; two sisters, June Beyers and Carol Sue Smith; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, Alden.

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