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Mr. Timothy B. Taylor

March 26, 1942 April 27, 2013
Mr. Timothy B. Taylor
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In CT Hospice, Branford on Saturday, April 27, 2013, Timothy B. Taylor of Guilford passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side. Beloved husband of Diana Cooke. Tim was born March 26, 1942, son of the late John I. Taylor and Margaret Blake Taylor. Father of Justin Taylor of Chicago, IL and Leah Van Ness Taylor of Hailey, ID. In addition to his wife and two children he is survived by three brothers, John Taylor of Boulder, CO, David Taylor of Jamaica Plain, MA and Benjamin Taylor of Brookline, MA; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Bashawaty of Middlebury, CT; a stepson, Tim Caputo of West Newton, MA; a grandson; and seven step-grandchildren. That Tim Taylor brought a stately intelligence to hockey surprised no one. Educated at Harvard, he became the winningest hockey coach at Yale University, an English major spinning the X’s and O’s of playmaking into a victorious narrative in many a year. Mr. Taylor was named Eastern College Athletic Conference coach of the year three times, an award that now bears his name. A gifted athlete, Mr. Taylor was captain of the hockey team at Milton Academy and captain of the Ivy League championship team his senior year at Harvard, from which he graduated in 1963. After he almost made the 1964 Olympic squad, the Olympics became a life goal he realized first as an assistant coach for the 1984 hockey team and then as head coach in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. He was Yale’s coach from 1976 until 2006, and his 337 victories were the most posted by a hockey coach at the university. Mr. Taylor brought the team to the ECAC playoffs 19 times, including once to the championship. He coached six Ivy League champion teams and was named ECAC coach of the year in 1987, ’92, and ’98. Mr. Taylor played on the US National Team in 1965 and 1967 and subsequently became its head coach, leading Team USA in 1991 to its best finish in the Canada Cup. In 2006, USA Hockey presented him its Distinguished Achievement Award. Born in Boston, Timothy Blake Taylor grew up in South Natick, MA, the second of four brothers. Although he excelled at all sports, Mr. Taylor was drawn to hockey even as a boy skating on the frozen Charles River. Tim’s father, John I. Taylor, was president of the Boston Globe, but Mr. Taylor never really considered a newspaper career. Turning to coaching hockey in his 20s, Tim help create a youth hockey program in Greater Boston. He spent seven years as an assistant at Harvard before Yale named him head coach in 1976. After Yale, he worked in various capacities for USA Hockey and the US National Junior Team. He was in Russia just a few months before his death, helping to guide yet one more generation of players to the Gold Medal. While at Yale, Mr. Taylor met Diana Cooke, an admissions officer who became the liaison to the hockey team. They married a decade ago and were together close to 25 years. Diana said that throughout his life and career, Mr. Taylor “wanted to be sure he made a contribution that was bigger than himself. He wanted to feel that in some small way he made the world a better place for others. And sometimes he would tell me that he didn’t see his role as being only a father or only a coach. His motivation for the amount of hours he put into his passion was that there had to be a purpose to our lives that was bigger than we as individuals. I feel from the many letters we received prior to his death that he accomplished that.” A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 12 noon in Memorial Church, Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Taylor’s memory may be made to Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or to the Old Meeting House Francestown New Hampshire, PO Box 213, Francestown, NH 03043.

Burial will be held privately.

A memorial service will be in Memorial Church, Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA.

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