Robert Taylor-1-18-2022

Welcome to the
memorial page for 

Robert Taylor Jr.

June 14, 1946
~ January 10, 2022



VISITATION- Tuesday 1-18- 2022
Pilgrim Baptist Church
172 Shrewsbury Ave.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

FUNERAL SERVICE - Tuesday 1-18-2022
Pilgrim Baptist Church
172 Shrewsbury Ave.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
11:00 AM

Shoreland Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Route 35
Hazlet, NJ 07730

Robert Taylor, Jr. affectionately known as “Sarge,” son of the late Robert and Goldie Mae Taylor entered this life on June 14, 1946 in Montgomery, Alabama. He was the fifth of nine children.

Robert graduated from Red Bank High School in 1964 and enlisted in the United States Army where he served for four years. He was assigned the position of drill Sergeant at Fort Dix Army Base until his honorable discharge. He then completed a bachelor’s degree in Special Education at William Paterson College. He was a well known and loved football coach at William Paterson College and at Paterson Kennedy High School.  Many students fondly remember “Sarge” as a “no nonsense” but fair educator.

In 1980 Robert was inducted into the William Paterson College Athletic Hall of Fame. Some of his many accomplishments include: Guided the football program from “club” to “varsity” status in 1972; Captained his club and varsity teams for 3 years; Was named as WPC MVP in 1972; Named to the All-Conference Team in 1972; Rushed for 1,396 career yards with a 5.5 yards average; Returned kick-offs for 604 yards and a 19.5 yards average; Returned a kick-off for a WPC record 95 yards; Drafted by USFL.

He was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church, Red Bank, NJ and a life member of the American Legion Post 227 of Totowa, NJ and the I.B.P.O.E. of Paterson.

On January 10, 2022, the Lord said to Robert, “It’s time for you to come home.”

He is predeceased by his parents Robert and Goldie Mae Taylor, sisters Julia Straughter, Goldie Taylor, brother Teddy and nephew Jonathan.

He leaves to cherish his memory: siblings, John Lee Taylor, Leanna Taylor, Benny Taylor, Orwiller Jackson, and Charles Taylor, and his loving companion of 38 years Rita Smith; sisters-in-law, Martha Taylor, Ida Taylor Roberts, Barbara Taylor, Penelope Taylor, and Yvonne Draper, twelve nieces and nephews, twenty-nine great nieces and nephews, and twelve great-great nieces and nephews.


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10 thoughts on “Robert Taylor-1-18-2022

  1. Our deepest sympathy are being extended to the Taylor family and will keep each of you lifted in prayer.

  2. Our sincere Condolences are being sent to the Taylor family and will keep each of you lifted in prayer.

  3. Zatiti Moody says:

    We send our heartfelt condolences from the Moody family of Paterson, NJ. We send prayers of comfort to the Taylor family during this time. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to be blessed with Sarge’s presence. He is considered a family member as well as a trusted friend to our family, a respected member of our community, and a recognizable figure within the Paterson Public School District. Rest in Peace our Good Brother, you will surely be missed.

  4. Shelton J. Prescott says:

    Respect and honor are extended to the legacy of an awesome brother, Sarge Taylor. His bluntness, humor and kind spirit were second to none, and will be missed.
    Rest well my friend. You have fought the good fight.

    To the family, it is my humble and sincere prayer that our Heavenly Father comfort, heal and strengthen you during this time of affliction.
    Shelton J. Prescott and family

  5. Jeanette S. Lyde says:

    We send condolences to the Taylor family. We have known Sarge for many years, meeting him at William Paterson College. He was a delight, no nonsense but great fun-filled person. His bark was worse than his bite! ‘Sarge’ Rest well in Paradise!
    Ray and Jeanette Lyde & Family

  6. Wendy Leonard says:

    Deepest condolences to the Taylor Family..RIP dear family friend Robert Taylor ????

  7. Joseph Pezzano says:

    Sincere condolences to the Taylor Family. Sarge was a colleague and dear friend of ours. Joseph and Philomena Pezzano

  8. Carole Jackson-Reels says:

    My sincere condolences to the Taylor family! Sarge was a good friend, but more like an uncle to my family and he will be sorely missed but never forgotten! Sending love to the family!

  9. Juanita Lewis says:

    Sending condolences to the Taylor family. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Mr. Taylor.

  10. Anita O. Mack says:

    May GOD continue to be a source of strength to you, Charles, and your family as you mourn the loss of your brother. My heartfelt love, condolences and prayers????????

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