Born in Pittsburgh Feb. 13, 1932, Ed Taylor died peacefully in his sleep at St. Anthony Hospital Feb. 25, having left the world a better place after his 89 years on the planet.
As a youth he joined the Coast Guard, where he completed his education in electronics. After an honorable discharge, he pursued a number of occupations until he discovered an aptitude for trading and developed a real estate business offering property services and investing. He opened his doors first in Everett and finally on the Key Peninsula, where he spent the rest of his life.
He loved his community and supported many projects including the Key Peninsula Civic Center where he served on the board for decades in several capacities, including a brief time at the helm of KP News in 1994. Ed served as a fire commissioner for Key Peninsula Fire District 16 and was an enthusiastic supporter of Key Pen Parks. He was especially proud of the dream he saw realized with the opening of Gateway Park, and rarely failed to delight in its popularity every time he drove past.
As the owner of Westwynd Motel and Apartments, Ed will be remembered for the many families he sheltered, providing short term emergency housing in time of crisis, after fire or severe weather had rendered them homeless.
Ed loved RV camping and belonged to a club for many years. He had a great sense of humor and was an excellent storyteller. One of his favorites was about the time he cleared an elevator by appearing to have a conversation with “something” in his briefcase.
Ed is survived by his wife Lee Silvey of Gig Harbor; son Dick Taylor (Mindy) of Wauna; stepsons Brian Heaven (Liz) and Alan Heaven; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Patricia Heaven, and son Brian Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ed’s honor to his beloved Key Peninsula Civic Center.
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