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September 10, 2013

William Keith Taylor

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The Daily Star

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ONEONTA — William Keith Taylor, 72, of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

Bill was born on Aug. 14, 1941, the son of the late J.F. and Virginia (Ellis) Taylor Jr.

Affectionately known as “Wild Willie,” Bill moved to Oneonta 12 years ago from Tampa, Fla., where he was a self-employed painter. A Main Street resident of Oneonta, Bill met and touched the lives of many people. There was nothing he couldn’t fix and many of his friends called on him for help with a project.

He was a sports enthusiast to the fullest degree and an avid golfer who played in several local golf leagues. Bill participated in Main Street activities and was well-known for his antique booth at the Market Place on Chestnut Street, where he displayed his collections of antique watches and fans.

Bill lived life to the fullest and was a two-time survivor of cancer. He will always be remembered for his witty expressions and sense of humor.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Debi) Mastrototaro and her husband, Michael of Schenevus; his brothers and sisters, Joe and Rita Taylor of Diamond, W. Va., Mike and Sharon Taylor of Diamond, W.Va., Gail Hanshaw of Jacksonville, Fla., Carol Taylor and companion, John of Tampa, Fla., and Beth and Steve Campbell of Buffalo, W. Va.; and his companion, Micha Snyder of Oneonta. He is also survived by several nieces; nephews; his grand-doggies; his parakeet; and many friends.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his son, William Keith Taylor.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Scott VanDerveer officiating.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the funeral home. The family will be in attendance. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or a charity of your choice.

Condolences to the family may be made online at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.