Date of Birth July 14, 1963
Date Deceased September 3, 2023
Hometown Harpursville
Home State N.Y.
Service Date September 9, 2023
Service Time 2 p.m.
Service Location Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, AVOCA

John P. Taylor

John P. Taylor, 60, of Harpursville, NY, suddenly passed on Sunday (September 3, 2023).

John was born on July 14, 1963, to parents Lloyd and Claire in Oyster Bay, New York.

John’s family moved to Avoca, NY in 1969 when John was in first grade.  After graduating from Avoca Central School in 1981, John moved on to Murray State University in Murray, KY and obtained a degree in Journalism.  John served in the US Army Reserves from 1981 to 1987.

John worked in journalism and publishing for the first half of his working career.  He then spent over 20 years in manufacturing.  He worked for several companies, including Alstom, Schweizer Aircraft, Sikorsky Aircraft and most recently BAE Systems in Endicott, NY.

At a young age John developed a passion for 1950’s Rock and Roll music, especially Elvis Presley.  This love was inspired by his mother.  John once competed in, and won, an Elvis Karaoke contest in Boston and was named “The Best Elvis Impersonator in Boston”.  This kicked off a 15-year side gig performing as Elvis at local bars, small venues and private parties.

John enjoyed fishing, cooking, watching classic movies, and listening to music.  The Rat Pack and classic country were his favorite music genres.  John’s most favorite things to do were to golf and sing Karaoke with his wife, Rosina and to watch his son Jacob participate in track and cross-country events.

John had a larger-than-life personality and easily made friends.  Most importantly he maintained those friendships he attained along the way.  It was his nature to always keep in touch and reach out to those he knew and loved so well.  Many of those friendships began over 50 years ago.  Because of this he will be missed by many.

John was preceded in death by his stepfather Gary Hogan.

John is survived by his wife Rosina, son Jacob, stepson Carl Miller, Mother Claire Hogan, brother Lloyd (Deanna) Taylor, and sister Joan Hogan.  John also leaves behind four nieces, two nephews, five grandnieces and two grand nephews.

Visiting hours will take place at the Bishop and DeSanto Funeral Home at 22 Main St in AVOCA, NY on Saturday (September 9, 2023) from Noon to 2:00 PM.  Service immediately following, starting at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Jacob’s continuing education fund.  Jacob is currently a Freshman at Alfred University.  This may be done by going to the following website:

The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist John’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of John are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.

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7 Responses

  1. I remember John as one of my best high school friend’s little brother–often annoying but impossible not to like. He worked with me during my two summers running little league baseball in Avoca as my field ump. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he knew he had made a mistake. Much love and prayers to his family, especially to Lloyd. I’m sorry I cannot be present on Saturday as I have another funeral to preside over in Addison that day. Blessings on all of you.
    Michael Hopkins

  2. My condolences to John’s family ,especially to Lloyd, Joan and Mickey who I have known over a decade. His country western CD was my fav listening on the road. Mickey you raised him well. Rose,Lloyd ,Joan & Jacob you were his treasures beyond measure. A life taken home suddenly. Memories we cherish closest in our hearts and that cannot be taken. He surely will miss us as much as we miss him.
    Always keeping Johnnie’s family in prayer at home and at weekly Mass. Amen times ten.
    Lucy West and Franny 3.5

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with JT at ALSTOM. He was a joy to work with and to be around. We shared many laughs talking about old sitcoms (MASH, WKRP, etc.). He brought a joy of life to work everyday, even when work wasn’t going well. I will miss him and I will cherish the memories I have of JT. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. My sincere condolences to John’s family. I am sorry that I will be unable to attend services; know that I am thinking of you all. May you find comfort in the memories.

  5. I remember John in school, Avoca Central in Avoca NY – his humor- just unbelievable- we would trade jibs – he would always win – we were in wrestling together – his unbelievable run to his sectional title in 1981 using the simple Pancake take down – there should have been a movie – his dedication to sports was understandable- his passion to music and his Elvis impression- spot on – I remember him as the Midnight Madman on a local radio station when I returned home from my stint in the Marines – he was a fellow veteran – he love for journalism – last but not least – he was a loyal friend!! I will miss our jokes, talks of our wrestling years, but must of all – just sharing memories….

  6. I worked with John during his time at BAE. He sure did love his music and you could often hear it in the office before people were arriving in the early mornings. We would have daily conversations about what was going on with Jacob, from getting his drivers license, to his track meets, and then picking out colleges. He was very proud of him and knew he would do great things! I was very sad to hear of John’s passing, it was way too soon and my thought are with all of you.

  7. What a delight John was to work with here at BAE Systems! He was forever polite, respectful, responsive and accurate, and I was able to lean on him, way beyond his normal job description, to help us through some challenging programs. I always looked forward to our phone calls; a very memorable teammate and gentleman! He will be sadly missed…..

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