LCDR David W. Taylor, USN (Ret.) passed away March 04, 2021 at the age of 69. He was a longtime resident of Mullica Hill and Woodbury, NJ. He is survived by his wife Lydia Taylor, his daughter Yulia Shaposhnikova, his brothers Jeff Taylor and Mark Taylor, his sister Cathy Berg, his grandchildren Vlada and Michael.

America was central to his life. He was proud to be an American and a true patriot of his country. From childhood he dreamed of the sea and at the age of 19, after graduating from Auburn High School, WA, he joined the Navy. His inquisitive mind, natural abilities, talents, and dedication helped him to progress from an enlisted rate of Electrician’s Mate to LCDR.  As an officer, he served honorably in billets ranging from Boilers Officer in USS Kitty Hawk, Combat Information Center Officer in USS David R. Ray, and Chief Engineer in both USS Henry B. Wilson and USS England. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. After over twenty years on active duty, he retired but did not interrupt his ties with the military - he taught at Valley Forge Military Academy and College and worked in companies directly associated with the Navy.

David's universe was truly immense. He was interested in everything: history, literature, music, science, art, economics, politics, philosophy, religion, sports, cooking ... He loved people with all his heart and was always ready to assist those who needed help. He took part with special enthusiasm and interest in the Harrison Township Historical Society, conducting classes with schoolchildren, acting as Santa Claus at Christmas and an MC during Groundhog Day events.

As a real American, he could fix any problem in the house with his own hands, but at the same time he always highly appreciated and respected the work of professionals.

One of David's favorite pastimes was reading. He did not just read, but literally absorbed information. He was a second to none storyteller. Whatever it was: stories from his personal life, stories about what he read or just jokes - all this was presented vividly, wittily, and in beautiful literary English language. When he interacted with people, even strangers, he radiated kindness and warmth. And when he laughed, the walls trembled and everyone was happy and cheerful.

David loved his family - his wife, children, grandchildren and spared absolutely no effort in doing everything to make his loved ones happy. He also generously cared for those who, by chance, became the temporary members of his family - exchange students from Latvia, Serbia, Spain.

Not only family, but America and the whole world have lost a wonderful person: smart, honest, sympathetic, sensitive, wise, caring, knowledgeable, insightful, true intellectual, understanding and believing in the future of America. Blessed memory to him! We will love him forever!

At David's will, his ashes will be scattered at sea by a Navy warship during a Navy Burial ceremony.

Fertig Funeral Home


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