Gary L. Taylor left us on May 15, 2019, two days after his 72nd birthday. His gentle spirit touched many people, sometimes through his resonant tenor voice at weddings, funerals and church services, sometimes through his quiet acts of kindness, often through his good-natured times with family and friends, and many times through his extensive theater performances. Gary performed in numerous productions at Weathervane Theater and Magical Theater Company, including the musical “1776”, starring as the king in “The King and I”, and reprising his favorite role as Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha” over one hundred times on tour. Even as time robbed his memory in everyday life, he remained a wealth of information about movies, actors, composers and choreographers.
In his quiet, private life Gary cared lovingly for his dogs and cats and regularly supported SPCA. His amiable presence, gratitude and good humor drew people to him wherever he went, and he knew the staff by name at all his ordinary errand stops. His cousins share many fond childhood memories of Sunday nights at Grandpa Winkler’s farm on River Styx Road. The family particularly wishes to thank the incredible kindness and support of Liberty Residence I staff, especially Bev Long, and the members and volunteers from Jerusalem Lutheran Church.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Ella (Winkler) Taylor, several aunts and uncles and cousins Mike Winkler and Steve Detwiler. Surviving family includes his cousins, Cheryl (Winkler) Becker, Nancy (Winkler) Hudson, Cathy (Winkler) Buckingham (James), Ken Detwiler (Tracy), Karen (Detwiler) Rager (Bob), Ron Detwiler (Sue), Kay (Roth) Painter, and Rick Hamilton (of Florida). Gary is also survived by many friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who will miss his friendly greetings, silly jokes, and comforting hugs.
Like the character of Don Quixote that he often portrayed, Gary was poetic and sensitive, he lived according to the ideals of the age of chivalry, singing well, composing verse and helping the distressed. He was a good soul. We will miss our quintessential, sincere, honest, kind and loving man of integrity, Gary Taylor, truly a Man of La Mancha.
A memorial service will be at 11 am on May 28, at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 9282 Acme Rd, Seville, OH 44273. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Gary, to Jerusalem Lutheran Church or the local SPCA would be gratefully received.