John E. Taylor Sr., former owner of an advertising agency, died unexpectedly Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 88.
The Buffalo native graduated from Bennett High School and the University of Virginia with a degree in business.
Mr. Taylor lived in Williamsville for more than 20 years before moving to Englewood, Fla., in 1980. He moved to Amberleigh retirement community, Amherst, in 1998. He also had a home in Hanford Bay.
Mr. Taylor served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Texas.
He owned and operated Rising & Taylor, an advertising agency, and Selective Paging before retiring in 1980. He later worked as a real estate agent in Florida until 1997.
Mr. Taylor was a member of the Swift Water Power Squadron, a boating organization, and he enjoyed ham radio, fishing and boating.
His wife of 48 years, Bernadette LaVelle Taylor, died in 1998.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda A. Belling and Sally A. Kuzon, both of Williamsville, and Susan T. Perry of Naples, Fla.; a son, John E. Jr. of Englewood, Fla.; two sisters, Elizabeth Kleindinst of Kenmore and Mary Elliott of Delmar; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Williamsville Cemetery.