Herbert James Arthur Taylor of Seaford passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Newark, NJ, on Aug. 2, 1932, son of the late Herbert L. and Emily M. Taylor.
Herbert was the oldest of two children and grew up in Plainfield, NJ. He was a graduate of Plainfield High School, class of 1952. After two years of service in the U.S. Navy, Herbert attended Columbia University in New York City.
Following a brief stint of odd jobs in electronics, Herbert began his lifelong career at the Portsmouth, NH Naval Shipyard as an electrical engineer. He continued this career path, becoming a design engineer and held positions at other Naval facilities, including Newport, RI, Bermuda, and Washington, D.C.
Herbert married his beautiful high school sweetheart, Rose Marie Zimpel, on Sept. 4, 1954 in Metuchen, NJ. They moved to New Hampshire in 1956 and raised four children on an old family farm.
Herbert’s favorite pastime was sailing his Merrimac sailboat at Kittery Point Yacht Club in Maine. Later, he sailed the Chesapeake Bay in his much larger Triton. Herbert enjoyed brewing beer with his beer club. He became an expert beekeeper and a member of the Eastern Apiary Society. Herbert owned homes in New Hampshire, Delaware, and Hawaii and traveled frequently. Always quick with a joke and a smile, Herbert was a gracious host and expert Mai Tai mixer.
Above all, Herbert cherished time spent with those he held most dear. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Herbert was preceded in death by his son, Robert; and his brother, John. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rose Marie; his children: Herbie, James, and Laura; his grandchildren: Robert, Joshua, and Jessica; and his great-grandchildren: Payton and Diego. Herbert’s joyful life will forever be cherished and remembered throughout the lives of his family.
Herbert will be laid to rest in South Hampton, NH at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, in Bridgeville.
Please visit Herbert’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.